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L&L Hawaiian BBQ began as dairy in the early 1950s

Last month I wrote a little bit about L&L Drive-in and how it was named. Two men who were part of L&L’s early days emailed me to share their recollections. Read More

How Hawaii organizations and places got their names

Updated on  November 17, 2017 at 12:35 am
How Hawaii companies arrived at their names is often interesting in and of itself. I thought I’d focus on that this week. Read More

Kalakaua’s Washington visit full of pomp and circumstance

Updated on  November 3, 2017 at 1:28 am
I caught a snippet of something on TV last week that intrigued me. It said the first White House state dinner was held in honor of our own King David Kalakaua. Read More

Maryknoll School marking 90 years of mission in isles

Updated on  October 26, 2017 at 11:10 pm
Maryknoll School just celebrated its 90th year in Hawaii. Its story began Sept. 2, 1927, when six young and adventurous Maryknoll Sisters and a young priest from New York stepped off the liner City of Honolulu onto tropical soil for the first time. Read More

Some of isles’ best players took on Harlem Globetrotters

Updated on  October 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm
When I was young my parents took my brother and me to see the Harlem Globetrotters. I had never seen the combination of basketball and humor before, and it was exhilarating. Read More

Kalakaua wrote ‘Waialae’ for musical politician

I was fortunate to sit at the same table as Gov. David Ige at the Downtown Exchange Club last month. One of the things that I learned about him is that he plays the ukulele. Read More

A history of the Makapuu lighthouse

Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 9:10 am
Many of the world’s lighthouses were built because of nearby shipwrecks. A ship runs aground in the dark and, only later, authorities think of building a lighthouse to prevent it from happening again. Read More

Garden club marks 87 years of spreading joy of isle flora

Updated on  September 1, 2017 at 1:35 am
I’ve written about Honolulu’s botanical gardens several times in Rearview Mirror. At a talk I gave to their “Friends” earlier this year, I met a sister group whose focus is on individual gardens. Read More

Kaimuki’s Boy Scout Troop 10 celebrates 100 storied years

Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 10:24 pm
I was a Boy Scout. I had a fun time camping out, learning how to tie knots and build a fire. It’s interesting how these things stay in my memory 50 years later. Read More

First Hawaiian Bank has headquarters that floats

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm
I was reading former First Hawaiian Bank CEO Walter Dods’ 2015 book recently. “Yes! A Memoir of Modern Hawaii” has fascinating insights into his career. Read More

August filled with historical events that shaped the isles

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 12:15 am
Statehood Day is approaching on the 21st of the month, and so is the anniversary of Ala Moana Center, which opened on the 13th. This made me think that August is full of historical events. Read More

Hawaii’s hospitals are unique because of their early founders

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 1:14 am
My topic this week is the unique stories Hawaii’s hospitals have. Specifically, two queens, two kings, two emperors, two saints and a pope founded, supported or named island hospitals. I don’t think you could find that anywhere else in the world. Read More

Radio transmissions prove Earhart wasn’t captured

Updated on  July 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm
Several readers have asked what I think of the photo that surfaced recently purportedly showing that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had been captured by the Japanese in 1937. Read More

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