Mindy Pennybacker, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Surfing encounter evokes grandfather’s love

• Updated on  June 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm
Sometimes the dead send messengers. They can take any shape — people, birds, dolphins, dragonflies — but the message is the same: Remember me. Read More

Trying different spots, surfers navigate new social networks

The summer’s gotten off to a promising start, with a series of late-spring swells. Hopes for an epic season on the South Shore are high. Read More

In the face of humiliation, perseverance is key

School’s out, so a pack of groms materialized on the inside at the Suis surf break off Diamond Head on a recent weekday morning. Read More

Kumu Kahua’s ‘Dead of Night’ takes timely look at union strife

• Updated on  June 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Although he lived in Los Angeles, Edward Sakamoto was one of Hawaii’s most popular playwrights; until his death in 2015, his subject matter remained in the islands where he was born and raised. Read More

City releases proposed rules for nearshore water events

• Updated on  June 3, 2018 at 11:53 am
Proposed revisions to rules governing nearshore water events off city parks were released Saturday by the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. Read More

City invites comments on new surf meet rules

• Updated on  June 2, 2018 at 7:21 pm
Proposed revisions to rules governing nearshore water events at city parks — anxiously awaited and debated in recent months by the North Shore community, surf meet organizers and the surfing public — were released today by the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. Read More

Highlights for Hawaii visitors to Paris in June and July

• Updated on  May 26, 2018 at 6:13 pm
Hawaii emissaries bring island culture to the Ile de France and embrace the City of Light. Read More

Bodysurfers brace for city’s new contest rules

• Updated on  May 22, 2018 at 11:22 am
There’s simply not a lot of wiggle room for competition in the water on Oahu’s North Shore. Read More


The Honolulu Star-Advertiser strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Marsha McFadden, managing editor/news, at 529-4759 or email city editors at cityeditors@staradvertiser.com. Read More
Updated on  May 14, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Cherish Mom by taking time to connect, make memories

• Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 6:51 pm
Today is Mother’s Day. Have you called your mother yet? If you haven’t called, texted, wired flowers, bought a gift or made reservations for brunch, tea, dinner or spa, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and remember what Mom loves best: togetherness. Read More

Veteran lawyer James H. Case dishes on big Hawaii deals

• Updated on  May 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm
Born at Grove Farm Plantation on Kauai in 1920, James H. Case, grandson of a lawyer and son of the plantation CEO, was well ­positioned for a career among ­Hawaii’s business leaders. Read More

Paul Theroux returns with moveable feast of essays

• Updated on  April 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm
The picture of author Paul Theroux on a Hawaiian beach, reading a comic literary noir by Muriel Spark, is one of many vivid vignettes in “Figures in a Landscape: People & Places,” his new book of essays written from 2001 to 2016. Read More

Junior surfers star in big and small waves

• Updated on  April 23, 2018 at 9:51 am
Like understudies who catch a lucky break, teen surfers stole the show on the North Shore this spring after the established stars of the World Surf League moved on to Australia and other stops on the championship tour. Read More

‘Best of Aloha Shorts’ revisits Hawai‘i Public Radio program

• Updated on  April 14, 2018 at 6:19 pm
“The Best of Aloha Shorts,” a new anthology of works that were read on the show broadcast on Hawai‘i Public Radio from 2004 to 2013, also contains photographs and memories from performers who strove to deliver pitch-perfect Hawaii-style voices of all kinds. Read More

Local surfers help LPGA golfer find keys at Makaha Beach

• Updated on  April 9, 2018 at 7:24 pm
Local surfer Richard Aipa helped pro golfer Tiffany Joh find her lost car keys at Makaha Beach today after Joh misplaced them and was seen frantically searching for them in the sand. Read More

Pro golfer Tiffany Joh shreds on land and water

• Updated on  April 6, 2018 at 6:34 pm
When she took up surfing six years ago, pro golfer Tiffany Joh discovered there’s more than one way to shred. Read More

Old home goes ‘green’ while preserving historic value

• Updated on  April 6, 2018 at 6:45 pm
Many older Hawaii homes save energy through passive design. Older homes are often oriented to let in maximum daylight while minimizing heat from the sun, and windows are placed to let in cooling tradewinds and promote cross-ventilation. Read More

Merrie Monarch competitors supported by relations present and past

• Updated on  April 3, 2018 at 10:15 am
In the more than half century since the annual Merrie Monarch hula competition was launched, a number of kumu hula whose elite dancers have illuminated its stage have died or retired, entrusting the next generation to navigate the future of their halau. Read More

Rogue surf instructors flout regulations with students

• Updated on  March 25, 2018 at 6:36 pm
Unlike an uncle who teaches a kid for free, surf schools on Oahu must have a commercial use permit. In addition, every individual who’s teaching surfing in the waters between the Diamond Head Lookout and Kewalo Basin must have an operator permit. Read More

‘Swell’ recounts nomadic voyage of self-discovery

• Updated on  March 24, 2018 at 6:15 pm
Most surfers hire a boat to access the lineup at Teahupo‘o, Tahiti, but Liz Clark took her own dinghy and tied it in the channel before paddling out for her maiden session at the notorious break. Read More

‘Five-0’ role capped breakthrough year for New Zealand actor Beulah Koale

• Updated on  March 16, 2018 at 8:44 pm
For Koale, being cast in the internationally popular “Five-0” in 2017 was the culmination of a breakthrough year that saw the release of his first Hollywood feature film, “Thank You for Your Service.” Read More