Mindy Pennybacker, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Function, survival both trump style in surf wear


Updated on  November 18, 2017 at 6:18 pm
As autumn rolls in, surfers weigh fashion versus function when out in the water. Read More

Shimabukuro plays more than music in ‘Go for Broke’ movie


Updated on  November 12, 2017 at 11:47 pm
Spoiler alert: Along with everyone else in the film, Shimabukuro delivers. Read More

Surfer, homeless populations shift when parks close down


Updated on  November 13, 2017 at 11:21 am
When evicted from one park, many houseless people shift to the next. Surfers do the same. Read More

‘Wild Birds’ brings isle history to life with energetic cast


Updated on  November 5, 2017 at 4:20 pm
“Wild Birds” is a team triumph, a stirring production that brings its real-life, 19th-century Hawaii characters to vibrant life. Read More

Locally made movie tells story of 100th/442nd combat unit


Updated on  November 6, 2017 at 11:58 pm
For 16 years, throughout countless disappointments and setbacks, local filmmaker and author Stacey Hayashi went for broke to make the feature film “Go for Broke: An Origin Story.” Read More

Famed jazz musician to play in Waikiki


Updated on  November 3, 2017 at 3:27 pm
Eddie Henderson performs tonight and Saturday at Halekulani’s Lewers Lounge, accompanied by local musicians Tommy James on piano, Rocky Holmes on sax, Noel Okimoto on bass and Dean Taba on drums. Read More

Surfing world needs to shed Weinstein-like behavior


Updated on  October 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm
A new book, “The Critical Surf Studies Reader,” edited by Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee and Alexander Sotelo Eastman, addresses ways in which the surf industry markets female athletes as girly, teensy-bikini-clad babes. Read More

Isle authors scare readers in Halloween Fiction Contest


Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm
A game-playing boy who gets trapped in his phone, a piece of coral from Waikiki waters where a boy drowned, and a sad little ghost in a hospital elevator were some of the topcontenders among the 99 entries in this year’s Star-Advertiser Halloween Fiction Contest. Read More

Disasters remind surfers we’re not alone


Updated on  October 21, 2017 at 6:20 pm
For many Hawaii residents, the volcano-spewn gases and particles known as vog bring asthma, coughing, headaches, skin rashes and irritated eyes, but our local haze was overshadowed by the thick, toxic black smoke that blackened California skies and rained ash as far south as San Francisco Bay. Read More

‘Kikaida’ star has role in ‘Go For Broke’ film


Updated on  October 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm
Since the 1974 Hawaii debut of “Jinzo Ningen Kikaida,” the eponymous superhero and the actor who played him, Ban Daisuke, have stayed popular with several generations of local fans. Read More

Kakaako closure boots bodysurfers from exclusive spot


Updated on  October 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm
The loss of access to the bodysurfing-only break at Point Panic would be hard but bearable — if there were a time frame for reopening. The prospect of an indefinite closure made some, well, panic. Read More

Hokule‘a voyage shines bright in new book


Updated on  October 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm
“Malama Honua: Hokule‘a — A Voyage of Hope,” by Jennifer Allen, includes color photos and thoughtful looks at stops on the voyage and waters in between, plus a capsule history of the Hokule‘a. Read More

Surfers miss distant waves, loved ones when ocean’s flat


Updated on  October 8, 2017 at 4:08 pm
In previous early autumns, Oahu’s South Shore surfers have exalted over glassy, head-high waves, but this year’s mostly flat fall has prolonged our “endless bummer” of a summer. Read More

Zamora takes palaka from plantation to palace


Updated on  October 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm
As spring/summer previews roll out in the world’s fashion capitals, Hawaii designer and “Project Runway” star Kini Zamora’s latest collection reveals a look both fashion-forward and retro. Read More

Na Mea reopens at new Ward Centre location


Updated on  October 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm
Na Mea Hawai‘i, which showcases the work of Hawaii artists, artisans and authors, will celebrate its reopening in Ward Centre this week after moving out of Ward Warehouse in July. Read More

Film charts rich heritage of royals surf haven


Updated on  October 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm
“Ka‘ahele Ma Waikiki,” a wonderful new film created by John Clark and Ann Marie Kirk, contains footage of Waikiki surfers in 1913 and of Duke Kahanamoku paddling out to Queen’s with his youthful entourage in the 1960s. Read More

Acclaimed local poet to appear at book events


Updated on  September 28, 2017 at 11:08 am
Jaimie Gusman, a poet who founded the Honolulu reading series Mixing Literary Arts, launches her new book “Anyjar” this week. Read More

Commemorative book builds on Pearl Harbor anniversary coverage


Updated on  September 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm
Led by Honolulu Star-Advertiser military affairs reporter William Cole and design and concept director Michael Rovner, a team of staff writers, designers, photographers and editors produced a comprehensive 88-page special edition on the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Read More

Wait for glassy waves offers time to reflect


Updated on  September 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm
When the tradewinds relent in late September and October, we get windless, glassy, peeling waves. And sometimes, when it’s small and inconsistent, Suis is actually uncrowded. Read More

Island-themed historic novels will carry you away


Updated on  September 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm
Summer may have just slipped by, but here are two new historical novels with literary leanings — and island themes — that will keep readers, for a little while longer, in that faraway, vacation state of mind. Read More

Proper sharing of waves can be tricky proposition


Updated on  September 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Summer officially ends this week, and the passing of the season brings a classic opportunity to reflect on the passing of life. Read More