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Memories of Wahiawa before and after World War II


Updated on  April 13, 2018 at 12:07 pm
When I was going to the University of Hawaii in 1973, my friend Julie Heinberg and I often drove to the North Shore in her “Rent-a-Wreck” car. Read More

Answers on ‘Skippa’ Diaz, painted dragon and more

Last month I wrote about Edward “Skippa” Diaz, an all-star defensive tackle at Farrington High School, class of 1962. After a stint in the Canadian Football League, Skippa was a teacher and a coach at several schools. Farrington’s new athletic field is named for him. Read More

Joe Moore comes full circle with rock ’n’ roll radio show


Updated on  March 29, 2018 at 11:27 pm
Joe Moore is the nation’s longest-serving news anchor at a single TV station, I believe. While most anchors in the U.S. average five years or less at one station, Moore has been a news anchor with KHON for nearly 38 years. Read More

Remembering old restaurants


Updated on  March 22, 2018 at 10:55 pm
Two weeks ago I gave my readers an opportunity to ask questions about places in Hawaii they fondly recalled. Read More
 

Readers weigh in with questions, comments and commendations

I get a lot of interesting email from readers every day. Ruth Beard told me she has lived here since 1962 and has a lot of memories, “but I have forgotten some of the names of places that no longer exist, and I was wondering if you or your readers could help.” Read More

Olympics in S. Korea inspire quest to learn more

I enjoyed watching the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics the last few weeks. There were some exciting matches in figure skating, hockey and curling — the only sport I could possibly do, at my age. Read More

Hawaii’s Chinese roots run deep through isle history


Updated on  February 23, 2018 at 12:51 am
My Chinese friends and readers often encourage me to write about the history of their ethnicity. That’s why I was happy to hear from Douglas D.L. Chong, president of the Hawaii Chinese History Center. Read More
 

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

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