: Simon Crookall
John Hook &
Simon Crookall, general director of Hawaii Opera Theatre. Portrait by Allison Kronberg.
From mauka to makai, the south shore is a non-stop sensory experience and a masterpiece in its own right, according to Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Simon Crookall.
As the general director of Hawaii Opera Theatre, Simon Crookall is tasked with presenting a vibrant spectrum of stage productions with multi-generational appeal. He is constantly mindful about how to see old places in new, fresh lights. Crookall, a Brit-turned-kama‘āina, shares his favorite venues for remaining mentally stimulated around his Honolulu backyard. — Matthew Dekneef
Of course, the beautiful scenery and nature of Hawai‘i are the best natural artwork one could ever hope to see. The beaches and the mountains provide wonderful inspiration for the many artists living in these islands, and the incredible variety of foods, from poke to the shrimp shacks on the North Shore, whet the appetite for more. And, who can resist a delicious shave ice at the end of a beautiful day? For venues for man-made art, however, I have a few recommendations:
the Hawai‘i State Capitol, completed in 1969; its architecture reflects the natural landscape of Hawai‘i: the ocean, the volcanoes, and the vegetation.