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COURTESY MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL
                                With 1,168 points, Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e had the highest combined score of all 23 halau that competed for the overall winner title of the 54th Merrie Monarch Festival.

Kaneohe halau is overall winner of the Merrie Monarch Festival

COURTESY MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL
                                With 1,168 points, Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e had the highest combined score of all 23 halau that competed for the overall winner title of the 54th Merrie Monarch Festival.

Updated on  April 23, 2017 at 11:38 am
With 1,168 points, Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e had the highest combined score of all 23 halau that competed for the overall winner title of the 54th Merrie Monarch Festival. Read More
COURTESY RAVIZZA BROWNFIELD GALLERY
                                “Senza titolo (Metamorfosi)” is a 1976 installation by famed Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, who is the featured artist at the new Ravizza Brownfield Gallery in Chinatown.

Pistoletto pieces help open Chinatown gallery

COURTESY RAVIZZA BROWNFIELD GALLERY
                                “Senza titolo (Metamorfosi)” is a 1976 installation by famed Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, who is the featured artist at the new Ravizza Brownfield Gallery in Chinatown.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm
Famed Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a key figure in the Arte Povera, or poor art, movement that started in Italy in the 1960s, is featured during the Ravizza Brownfield Gallery’s debut in Honolulu. Read More
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                                Kumu hula Nani Lim Yap of Halau Manaola examined haku lei on Thursday in Waimea.

Yap honoring her late mother at Merrie Monarch Festival

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                                Kumu hula Nani Lim Yap of Halau Manaola examined haku lei on Thursday in Waimea.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm
The journey to the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival has been an emotional one for Halau Manaola of Kohala under the direction of kumu hula Nani Lim Yap. Read More
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                                Kelina Kyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua dances to “Maewaikalani” during the hula kahiko portion of the Miss Aloha Hula competition in the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival.

A look at Miss Aloha Hula 2017

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                                Kelina Kyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua dances to “Maewaikalani” during the hula kahiko portion of the Miss Aloha Hula competition in the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm
While she grew up surrounded by hula, Kelina Kyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge learned that taking on the challenge of preparing for a competition would deepen her love for it, spiritually and emotionally. Read More
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                                Kelina Kyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge, of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua embraced her halau members after winning the 2017 Miss Aloha Hula competition in the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival on Thursday.

Eldredge wins Miss Aloha Hula title

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                                Kelina Kyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge, of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua embraced her halau members after winning the 2017 Miss Aloha Hula competition in the 54th annual Merrie Monarch Festival on Thursday.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm
In a close, double tiebreaker, Kelina Kyoko Ke‘ano‘ilehua Tiffany Eldredge of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua pulled ahead to win the Miss Aloha Hula title on Thursday night. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Mary Ann Lim, the award-winning recording artist, loved attending the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Big Island matriarch’s music touched many

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Mary Ann Lim, the award-winning recording artist, loved attending the Merrie Monarch Festival.
Mary Ann Neula Lim, the matriarch of the musically talented and renowned hula family of North Kohala on Hawaii island, died March 29 at Kohala Hospital. She was 81. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Eloise Lurito only feeds her dog, Mr. Beasley, home-cooked foods which include several servings of fruits and vegetables instead of commercial dog food. This is Mr. Beasley’s lunch made of a stew of ground and chopped pork, broccoli, celery, carrots, basil and oregano. Eloise also adds in banana, apple, blueberry and papaya.

Pet owners see benefits of home-cooked doggie diet

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Eloise Lurito only feeds her dog, Mr. Beasley, home-cooked foods which include several servings of fruits and vegetables instead of commercial dog food. This is Mr. Beasley’s lunch made of a stew of ground and chopped pork, broccoli, celery, carrots, basil and oregano. Eloise also adds in banana, apple, blueberry and papaya.

Updated on  April 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm
Bob and Eloise Lurito of Kailua are part of a growing number of dog owners who feed their pooches home-cooked food. Read More
COURTESY FREEIMAGES.COM
                                The bed is the most important object in your home, said Clear Englebert, author of “Bedroom Feng Shui” and “Feng Shui for Love & Money.”

Author shares how to feng shui bedroom

COURTESY FREEIMAGES.COM
                                The bed is the most important object in your home, said Clear Englebert, author of “Bedroom Feng Shui” and “Feng Shui for Love & Money.”

Updated on  April 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm
Put more “power” in your power naps with proper positioning of your bed. Read More
COURTESY POI PLANET
                                Keo Woolford.

Merrie Monarch performance pays tribute to Woolford

COURTESY POI PLANET
                                Keo Woolford.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm
The wahine of Halau i ka Wekiu will perform to “Aloha Aku, Aloha Mai” as a tribute to the late Keo Woolford at this week’s Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. Read More
COURTESY HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
                                Honolulu Museum of Art curator James Jenson died in Honolulu. He was described by friends and associates as a consummate curator who lived and breathed art.

Community respected contemporary art curator

COURTESY HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
                                Honolulu Museum of Art curator James Jenson died in Honolulu. He was described by friends and associates as a consummate curator who lived and breathed art.
James Jensen, curator of contemporary art at the Honolulu Museum of Art and a beloved figure in the arts community, died Wednesday at his home in Honolulu. He was 67. Read More
COURTESY HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
                                Honolulu Museum of Art curator James Jenson died in Honolulu. He was described by friends and associates as a consummate curator who lived and breathed art.

Honolulu Museum of Art curator dies

COURTESY HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
                                Honolulu Museum of Art curator James Jenson died in Honolulu. He was described by friends and associates as a consummate curator who lived and breathed art.

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 4:16 pm
James Jensen, curator of contemporary art at the Honolulu Museum of Art and a beloved figure in the arts community, died April 12. Read More
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                                Crispy garlic chicken, left, a $9 happy hour item, is a pleasing entree-size plate, complete with a scoop of jasmine rice and fried basil leaves.

Pupus at Noi Thai in Waikiki whet the appetite

BRUCE ASATO / BSATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Crispy garlic chicken, left, a $9 happy hour item, is a pleasing entree-size plate, complete with a scoop of jasmine rice and fried basil leaves.

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm
The notion of an upscale Thai restaurant is a novel one for Honolulu, which has long had a handful of places ranging from hole-in-the-wall to mid-range and white tablecloth. Read More
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                                “The Super Hero in Me!” is a class taught by artist Jeff Pagay, pictured, at the Art Loft in Kakaako.

Moms’ Kakaako art space offers classes for all

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                                “The Super Hero in Me!” is a class taught by artist Jeff Pagay, pictured, at the Art Loft in Kakaako.

Updated on  April 10, 2017 at 9:32 am
The Art Loft offers fun art classes that are flexible; many of the offerings are based on activities the owners sought for their own kids. Read More
COURTESY MELISSA CHIMERA
                                Pictured is Maui artist Melissa Chimera’s “Inheritance, Haleakala,” incorporating three rare species.

Artists envision Hawaii in 1,000 years

COURTESY MELISSA CHIMERA
                                Pictured is Maui artist Melissa Chimera’s “Inheritance, Haleakala,” incorporating three rare species.

Updated on  April 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm
Sixty-eight contemporary artists imagine the future of our islands in “Contact 3017: Hawai‘i in a Thousand Years,” now on exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Read More
COURTESY SALLY FRENCH
                                Sally French’s “Delete” is the 2017 gift print for the Honolulu Printmakers’ 89th annual exhibition.

Cellphone user focus of winning print

COURTESY SALLY FRENCH
                                Sally French’s “Delete” is the 2017 gift print for the Honolulu Printmakers’ 89th annual exhibition.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 10:08 am
Kauai artist Sally French’s monotype print “Delete” was selected as the 2017 gift print for the Honolulu Printmakers’ 89th annual exhibition. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                The two new stamps are available for the 2017-18 hunting season at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife office, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 325; or call 587-0166.

Isle artists put stamp on wildlife

COURTESY PHOTO
                                The two new stamps are available for the 2017-18 hunting season at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife office, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 325; or call 587-0166.

Updated on  March 20, 2017 at 10:21 am
Wildlife artists David K. Hayes of Kailua and Carol Tredway of Holualoa, Hawaii island, created the winning designs for this season’s Hawaii Wildlife Conservation Stamp Contest. Read More
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                                The design changes, made possible by a state grant, also enabled the Arts at Marks to partner with Friends of the Library of Hawaii to display books for sale on shelves along a back wall of the gallery.

Gallery space expanded at Mark’s Garage

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                                The design changes, made possible by a state grant, also enabled the Arts at Marks to partner with Friends of the Library of Hawaii to display books for sale on shelves along a back wall of the gallery.

Updated on  March 20, 2017 at 10:26 am
The Arts at Marks Garage in Chinatown has expanded its gallery space to accommodate a range of activities. Read More
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                                A bodhi, or Bo tree, planted from a cutting in 1913, provides a backdrop for Joshlyn Sand at Foster Botanical Garden. She oversees the five Honolulu botanical gardens.

New botanical director aims to increase visibility of sites

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                                A bodhi, or Bo tree, planted from a cutting in 1913, provides a backdrop for Joshlyn Sand at Foster Botanical Garden. She oversees the five Honolulu botanical gardens.

Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm
Joshlyn Sand knows the plants and trees at all five of Honolulu’s public gardens, and wants to remind the public that these treasures are available. Read More
COURTESY TOM HAAR
                                “I didn’t have to say much. She would just pose herself and create the situation for me to photograph.” Tom Haar, speaking about Kusama.

Photo exhibit captures Biennial artist pre-fame

COURTESY TOM HAAR
                                “I didn’t have to say much. She would just pose herself and create the situation for me to photograph.” Tom Haar, speaking about Kusama.

Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm
Before she became a world-famous pop artist, Yayoi Kusama posed for photographer Tom Haar in New York in a short, butterfly-sleeved dress, woven hat and heels. Read More
COURTESY KAPIOLANI MEDICAL CENTER FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN
                                Winnie, a highly trained Labrador retriever, poses with a patient at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

Hospital gifted with new canine

COURTESY KAPIOLANI MEDICAL CENTER FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN
                                Winnie, a highly trained Labrador retriever, poses with a patient at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

Updated on  March 14, 2017 at 9:17 am
Patients at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children can enjoy visits from a four-legged visitor once again. Read More