Mindy Pennybacker, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Hawaii scientist devoted career to study fruit fly

Updated on  February 23, 2018 at 11:59 am
Scientist Ernest J. Harris, an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the eradication of crop-destroying fruit flies, who received the Congressional Gold Medal and many other honors during a long, scientifically and societally engaged life, died on Tuesday at his Kaneohe home, surrounded by his family. Read More

Ungovernable sea provides comfort, lessons in humility

Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 5:55 pm
Light spirits have been scarcer on the Hawaii surf scene lately. But surfing is a lesson in humility. Sometimes you don’t even need waves. Read More

Harmony, environmental care could offset political strife in lunar new year

Updated on  February 12, 2018 at 10:37 am
Spring is here, says the Chinese solar calendar. It arrived Feb. 4, the first day of the solar new year, according to Alan Lum, a Honolulu native who practices Chinese astrology and feng shui. Read More

Author Tracy K. Smith finds poetry in all our days

Updated on  February 3, 2018 at 7:07 pm
Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith will travel to Hawaii for the first time this month, but her visit is not on her official agenda. She’ll appear as part of the Green Room, a literary salon and reading series presented by the Merwin Conservancy, a nonprofit organization founded by Maui resident and former Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin. Read More

It takes time to get a surfer’s priorities straight

Updated on  February 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm
Spectators at the Pipe Masters competition in December were shocked to see Gabriel Medina drop in front and nearly on top of Kelly Slater, who was emerging from a barrel at Back Door. Medina wasn’t penalized. Why not? Read More

As panic spread during nuke alert, some sought solace in sea

Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 10:52 am
From the lanai where I sat with my coffee, the newspaper and the cat, the ocean looked glassy and I looked forward to surfing when the tide dropped. Suddenly my husband, who had just left for the market, returned with news of an incoming ballistic missile. Read More

Traumatic memories distract from romance in ‘Living Room’

Updated on  January 26, 2018 at 10:31 am
In Kumu Kahua Theatre’s premiere production of his first play, “Living Room,” veteran actor/director William Kahele has created a couple of vivid and likable local characters. Read More

Clear your clutter, mind with pro tips

Updated on  January 22, 2018 at 4:01 pm
While a clean home is a New Year’s tradition, a clear home, like a clear day or guilt-free conscience, also makes for a great fresh start. Cluttered spaces and surfaces produce “visual noise” that interrupts and disrupts our thoughts and moods. Read More

Surf accidents provide wake-up call

Updated on  January 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
In January, the North Shore scene calms down a bit after the holiday-season tourists have departed and the Triple Crown of Surfing is pau. But a few recent incidents have reminded surfers that the ocean is still a wild and unpredictable place. Read More

Versatile interior designer creates for Hollywood stars, island clan

Updated on  January 22, 2018 at 11:02 pm
Born and raised on Oahu, Breeze Giannasio is remodeling the 1931 house for Jovanna and Dylan Fern, her sister and brother-in-law, who bought it and moved in with their two young daughters a little over a year ago. Read More

New year celebrations sound doomsday clock for Waikiki fish

Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 3:51 pm
Welcome to 2018: From a fish’s perspective, it’s Dunkirk without any rescue. Fishing is banned during odd-numbered years and permitted on even-numbered years in the waters of the Waikiki Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area. Read More

Ocean teaches that life is fragile, so appreciate it

Updated on  December 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm
We all experience loss every year, whether in person, through loved ones, acquaintances or the news. Mortality is the human condition, some would say what makes us human. Read More

Hair salon is nurturing stop on a patient’s journey

Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 10:20 am
As Suzanne Matsuda sat in a chair at Salon 808 and gazed at her reflection in the mirror, her chestnut hair looked so natural that one would not have guessed it wasn’t her own, but a wig. Read More

When waves are scarce, surfers enjoy being with people

Updated on  December 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm
Despite the wintry chill, the seasonal spirit has eluded me amid workday commutes filled with construction detours and the seasonal congestion caused by extra trolleys, tour buses and rental cars. Read More

Surf-themed artwork restores the beauty of the season

Updated on  December 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm
“Winter Swell,” a show of surf-themed art by local surfers, is on view through Dec. 30 in the Hawaii State Art Museum shop that’s been re-conceived, under new ownership, as a gallery. Read More

Surfing is competitive but we should play fair

Updated on  December 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm
Conditions were near-perfect on the afternoon of Nov. 30, Day Two of the Maui Women’s Pro at Honolua Bay, as the waves arrived like ranks of goddesses — tall, lithe and glittery gray — to be welcomed by the women surfing in thisculminating event of the world championship tour. What followed was a visual symphony. Read More

Artificial waves may eliminate more than unpredictability

Updated on  December 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm
Wildness is precious and vanishing fast — and soon we’ll have waves at the push of a button, as the World Surf League announced that the wave pool at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in California’s Central Valley will be added to the 2018 championship tour. Read More

Animals on parade in city’s annual wreath contest

Updated on  December 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Animals have inspired artists for eons, from prehistoric cave paintings to entries in this year’s 32nd annual City of Honolulu Holiday Wreath Contest with a “Merry Menagerie!” theme. Read More

The possibilities are endless when surfers inspire each other

Updated on  November 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm
Surfing at its finest is a private, gender-neutral communion with a force of nature. In such moments we are truly free. Read More

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