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The Kingston Trio left an indelible memory in Waikiki

Updated on  February 15, 2018 at 11:32 pm
Randall McCord of Silver Creek, Ga., wrote to me recently about a great musical group he first saw in Hawaii: the Kingston Trio. Read More

Big Island resident shares life on a sugar plantation

Updated on  February 8, 2018 at 10:34 pm
Big Island resident Kenneth Fujii told me about his grandparents’ work at Onomea Sugar Co. plantation in Papaikou, north of Hilo. Read More

A return trip to Hawaii rekindles memories of 1962

Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 8:55 pm
I received a letter from Eileen Sherrill, who is now living in Prescott, Ariz. She’s returning to Hawaii after a six-year absence. Read More

‘Companies We Keep’ offers stories of the islands’ history

Updated on  January 26, 2018 at 12:27 am
When my “The Companies We Keep 3” book came out seven years ago, I stopped in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser office to chat with business editors, David Butts and Dave Segal. I asked them to write an article about my book. Read More

Kakaako reverting to origin as residential area

Updated on  January 12, 2018 at 2:02 pm
Who was dull, slow, low, underhanded, fraudulent, tricky or mean? That’s the meaning of the word “Kakaako” I found in a 1939 publication of the Hawaiian Historical Society. Read More

How Hawaii organizations and places got their names

Updated on  January 4, 2018 at 10:17 pm
A few weeks ago I wrote about how companies and places in the islands arrived at their names. As regular readers of my column know, I often have plenty of leftovers. Here’s another helping. Read More

2017: A year of discovery

Updated on  December 22, 2017 at 12:37 am
Rearview Mirror is a voyage of discovery for me. At the end of the year, I like to review some of the things I learned. Read More

Don Ho’s high-flying dream kept him first in first class

Don Ho dreamed of piloting a Boeing 747. Ho had been in the Air Force and always thought of himself as a pilot, Adrienne Liva Sweeney told me. She was Ho’s personal secretary from 1968 to 1975. Read More

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

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