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deOccupy Honolulu as Salon des Refusés

I've written tons of stuff about deOccupy Honolulu in my last year and a half of documenting them and supporting their cause. In preparation for tonight's Open Community Forum on Thomas Square hosted by Mayor Caldwell and Academy of Arts director Stephan Jost, I thought that instead of repeating or summarizing myself, I'd use pix and vidz and take a new approach.

For the longest time (around 500 days) the encampment was directly across the Academy of Arts. Whenever the Academy would host an evening "Art After Dark," deOccupy Honolulu would host an "Off Art After Dark," with it's own art and entertainment. Much of the deOccupy Honolulu artwork found exhibition at "Off Art." Of course, Off Art wasn't as well funded as the Academy's event, but that was kinda the point. Bourgeois on one side of Beretania and Bohemian on the other. Honolulu's own Salon des Refusés.

Sometimes, I think the term "Free Speech" is something of …

Mayor Caldwell brings Maginot and Disney together at Thomas Square (and the Masked Limericist responds!)

OK, I get it, really. People would much rather see pink hibiscus bushes in planters than protesters in tents. And I would much rather live in a prosperous and happy community than a poor and contentious one.

Where I disagree with Mayor Caldwell is that I think the way to build a prosperous and happy community is to help the community become prosperous and happy. I know, easy to say, hard to do. Mayor Caldwell and the Honolulu City Council take the easy (and I say low) road: make being poor a crime and just simulate the appearance of prosperity.

There's bound to be some glaring evidence of inauthenticity when you do things that way. When you go to Disneyland and see Mickey Mouse, you'll have to notice that his smile is permanently sculpted into his mug. He can't frown (and if he did he'd get fired).

The City used armed police to take the possessions of protesters and the homeless and kick them off the sidewalk. Then they put up 65 planters along the sidewalk. What you c…