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COURTESY LOWELL ANGELL
                                The fountain in the patio of the Waikiki Theatre featured eight plaques around its edge. The bronze plaques featured movie stars’ autographs, including those of Gary Cooper, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields and Loretta Young.

Akebono’s destruction in January robbed Hawaii of oldest theater

COURTESY LOWELL ANGELL
                                The fountain in the patio of the Waikiki Theatre featured eight plaques around its edge. The bronze plaques featured movie stars’ autographs, including those of Gary Cooper, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields and Loretta Young.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 12:46 am
The loss of the Akebono Theater means the oldest theater in the state would be the downtown Hawaii Theatre, which opened in 1922 and now operates as a performance venue. Read More
COURTESY NASA
                                President Richard Nixon appears with the crew of the Apollo 13 moon mission at Hickam Air Force Base in April 1970. In post-mission ceremonies in Hawaii, Nixon presented crewmembers Fred Haise, left, Jim Lovell and John Swigert with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Hawaii rolled out aloha for Apollo 13 astronauts

COURTESY NASA
                                President Richard Nixon appears with the crew of the Apollo 13 moon mission at Hickam Air Force Base in April 1970. In post-mission ceremonies in Hawaii, Nixon presented crewmembers Fred Haise, left, Jim Lovell and John Swigert with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Updated on  April 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm
Hawaii gave the Apollo 13 astronauts a warm welcome in 1970 when an emergency caused them to land in the Pacific instead of the Caribbean 47 years ago this week. Read More
COURTESY ADRIENNE LIVA SWEENEY
                                Don Ho often brought visiting celebrities on stage to entertain the crowd. He is pictured with Nancy Sinatra.

Ho’s charisma helped him ride wave of Hawaii’s popularity

COURTESY ADRIENNE LIVA SWEENEY
                                Don Ho often brought visiting celebrities on stage to entertain the crowd. He is pictured with Nancy Sinatra.

Updated on  April 8, 2017 at 8:20 pm
Adrienne Liva Sweeney was famed Hawaiian entertainer Don Ho’s personal secretary from 1968 to 1975 and had interesting insights into Ho’s world. Read More
COURTESY KODAK
                                Kodak Hawaii Vice President Fritz Herman, second row center, created the Kodak Hula Show near San Souci Beach in 1937.

Diamond Head sparkles with history

COURTESY KODAK
                                Kodak Hawaii Vice President Fritz Herman, second row center, created the Kodak Hula Show near San Souci Beach in 1937.

Updated on  April 1, 2017 at 7:25 pm
Big guns, “incurables,” show biz and horse races are all part of the lore that surrounds neighborhoods around Diamond Head. Read More
COURTESY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
                                More than 10,000 B-25 medium bombers were built for World War II, and by 1965, two remained in Hawaii. One B-25 can be found at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island. The B-25 pictured here is not the one stolen by Ashdown.

Pilot’s Waikiki joyride in WWII B-25 was cause for alarm

COURTESY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
                                More than 10,000 B-25 medium bombers were built for World War II, and by 1965, two remained in Hawaii. One B-25 can be found at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island. The B-25 pictured here is not the one stolen by Ashdown.

Updated on  March 25, 2017 at 8:06 pm
It all took place in the early morning hours of May 7, 1965. James A. Ashdown, a former military pilot, told police that after drinking at several Honolulu bars, “I had an urge to fly again.” Read More
COURTESY KIMO KAHOANO
                                Kimo Kahoano has been a dancer, singer, songwriter, television actor, host, emcee and radio station personality. He’s co-star of the TV show “Hawaii Stars” and emcee of the Merrie Monarch Festival.

From fireknives to TV, Kahoano a true entertainer

COURTESY KIMO KAHOANO
                                Kimo Kahoano has been a dancer, singer, songwriter, television actor, host, emcee and radio station personality. He’s co-star of the TV show “Hawaii Stars” and emcee of the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Updated on  March 18, 2017 at 7:31 pm
Kimo Kahoano has had a diverse career in Hawaii entertainment as a dancer, singer, songwriter, television actor, host, emcee and radio station personality. Read More
COURTESY HAWAII STATE ARCHIVES

Central Union begets variety of worship houses, nonprofits

COURTESY HAWAII STATE ARCHIVES

Updated on  March 11, 2017 at 8:17 pm
Central Union Church traces its roots to a “House of God” created in 1833 to provide wholesome activities for whalers and other seafarers. Read More
 
COURTESY RAY L’HEUREUX
                                President George W. Bush exits Marine One, the presidential helicopter, as Ray L’Heureux watches from the cockpit.

Hawaii man shares how he became friends with a president

COURTESY RAY L’HEUREUX
                                President George W. Bush exits Marine One, the presidential helicopter, as Ray L’Heureux watches from the cockpit.
Hawaii resident Ray L’Heureux has been chauffeur to four U.S. presidents and also transported the pope several times. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE
                                The Ritz department store on Fort Street in the 1950s.

Sharing memories of Fort Street, Honolulu’s old retail hub

STAR-ADVERTISER FILE
                                The Ritz department store on Fort Street in the 1950s.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm
Before the Pali Highway was built, Fort Street extended from Aloha Tower at Honolulu Harbor to Pacific Heights. Read More
 
COURTESY THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN
                                Duke Kahanamoku met Shirley Temple and drove her family to the Royal Hawaiian in 1935. The pink color of the hotel was inspired by homes in Portugal, many of which were painted pink with blue shutters in the 1920s.

Royal Hawaiian is second hotel to hold name

COURTESY THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN
                                Duke Kahanamoku met Shirley Temple and drove her family to the Royal Hawaiian in 1935. The pink color of the hotel was inspired by homes in Portugal, many of which were painted pink with blue shutters in the 1920s.

Updated on  February 8, 2017 at 6:11 pm
The Royal Hawaiian celebrates its 90th anniversary in Waikiki this month, but it originally opened in another location on Oahu. Read More
COURTESY RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
                                The first Ronald McDonald House in Manoa in 1987 provided private rooms, a pantry, kitchen, and laundry for off-island families with sick children at Honolulu-area hospitals.

Concern for families of sick keiki gave Lagareta a cause and career

COURTESY RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
                                The first Ronald McDonald House in Manoa in 1987 provided private rooms, a pantry, kitchen, and laundry for off-island families with sick children at Honolulu-area hospitals.

Updated on  January 28, 2017 at 8:02 pm
When neighbor island and Pacific Basin parents are faced with a medical emergency involving a child, they must often fly to Honolulu for appropriate care. Read More
COURTESY TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER
                                In 1920 the Fort Shafter Hospital was renamed for Brig. Gen. Charles Stuart Tripler, who directed the Union Army’s medical program during the Civil War.

Hawaii has had close relationship with military for decades

COURTESY TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER
                                In 1920 the Fort Shafter Hospital was renamed for Brig. Gen. Charles Stuart Tripler, who directed the Union Army’s medical program during the Civil War.
Hawaii has had a close relationship with the military for many decades, yet there are many interesting military stories the public doesn’t know. Read More
COURTESY LOWELL ANGELL
                                The Waikiki Theatre screen had a rainbow proscenium arching over it, and a ledge on the sides sported artificial papaya and banana trees and other tropical plants. Flanking the screen were full-size coconut palms, with concrete trunks.

Theaters in Hawaii have long, colorful history

COURTESY LOWELL ANGELL
                                The Waikiki Theatre screen had a rainbow proscenium arching over it, and a ledge on the sides sported artificial papaya and banana trees and other tropical plants. Flanking the screen were full-size coconut palms, with concrete trunks.
Consolidated Theatres historian Lowell Angell shares memories of a few noteworthy movie houses in Honolulu from decades past. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 1978
                                Francis I’i Brown.

Community stalwarts mark decades, centuries in business

STAR-ADVERTISER / 1978
                                Francis I’i Brown.
Many well-known local organizations have been in existence for decades, with some serving the public in Hawaii for 100 years or more. Read More
COURTESY ALAN S. LLOYD
                                Alan S. Lloyd was an expert on the Battle of Midway and lectured all over the world about it.

Lloyd was a treasure trove of World War II, aviation history

COURTESY ALAN S. LLOYD
                                Alan S. Lloyd was an expert on the Battle of Midway and lectured all over the world about it.
Retired HECO engineer Alan S. Lloyd, who died Nov. 22 at age 87, was a frequent source for “Rearview Mirror” columnist Bob Sigall and will be greatly missed. Read More

Fernandez emerged from WWII leading morale efforts in U.S.

E.K. Fernandez kept his circus tents open during World War II by mortgaging his personal property and borrowing money; he also helped with fundraising and entertained 7,000 people a day for six months. Read More

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