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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
COURTESY BOB SIGALL
                                Dishes from Dillingham Saimin.

Imagining Hawaii without legacy of sugar is difficult

COURTESY BOB SIGALL
                                Dishes from Dillingham Saimin.
What would Hawaii be like if there was never a Zippy’s, Arakawa’s, Columbia Inn, Charley’s Taxi, KC Drive Inn, Flamingo, Big Island Candies or Yick Lung? Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 1999

De Mello still humming along at 100

STAR-ADVERTISER / 1999

Updated on  November 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm
Jack de Mello — who celebrated his 100th birthday last week — is perhaps the most prolific recording artist in Hawaii history, having produced more than 200 albums and written more than 500 songs. Read More
COURTESY HECO
                                Hawaiian Electric on King Street in about 1930. The HECO building at King and Merchant streets was built in 1927 and the company’s roots can be traced directly to King David Kalakaua’s efforts to bring electricity to Hawaii.

King Kalakaua and HECO helped bring electricity to Hawaii

COURTESY HECO
                                Hawaiian Electric on King Street in about 1930. The HECO building at King and Merchant streets was built in 1927 and the company’s roots can be traced directly to King David Kalakaua’s efforts to bring electricity to Hawaii.
The interior of Iolani palace was lit by 325 incandescent lights in 1887, four years before the White House had electrical lighting. Read More

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