I have a penchant for memorizing movie lines, ranging from mainstream (The Godfather, Top Gun) to the more obscure (The Godfather: Part III, extras’ lines from Field of Dreams). It’s a talent I reserve for only a very select group people (read: blood relatives and other wannabe thespians who can mouth along with me). And when High Fidelity came out almost two decades ago, the lines that stayed with me weren’t John Cusack’s, but instead those spoken and sang by brash music snob/store clerk Barry Judd, played by a then lesser-known Jack Black.

Needless to say, Black’s career has flourished in a big way. No stranger to Hawai’i, his latest movie was filmed right here on O’ahu and is out in theaters this month. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle looks every bit as captivating as the original (and beloved) action flick. For our cover feature, we meet up with Black in California and got just a small dose of his dynamic personality. Suffice it to say, he’s as much of a fan of Hawai’i as we are of his work.

Read “Jack Outside the Box,” on page 116 to see what else he’s been up to these days.

Also in this issue, we have everything you need to be holiday-ready. From party-attire inspo to ideas on what to give those lucky enough to make it on your “nice” list, this issue of HILuxury is the perfect accompaniment to the fun, albeit frenetic weeks of parties, presents and dinners that are in store for you. As for me, I have a full schedule ahead as relatives from both sides of the family are coming to visit. Not sure how prepared I am for that—at least I’ll have my movie lines ready … Have the happiest of holidays, and here’s to a prosperous 2018!