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Rearview Mirror: Stories learned in 2018 include schools and 2 dogs

Each year at this time, I look back at my last 12 months of columns for some of the things I learned in the year. Rearview Mirror is often a process of discovery for me, as well as my readers. In December I like to review the year and some of my favorite stories. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Pearl Harbor pilot overcame 500 bullet holes in his plane

In April I wrote about two pilots who took off and engaged the attacking Japanese Zeros on Dec. 7, 1941. Read More

Rearview Mirror: A drive-in down memory lane

I’m approaching my 400th Rearview Mirror column (Dec. 7). The columns that have gotten the most comments and emails have been about restaurants and drive-ins that were open when many of my readers were teenagers. Here are some of the latest stories I’ve received about those. Read More

Rearview Mirror: St. Louis Alumni Association clubhouse featured Mariota’s ‘NFL Draft Party’

Classmates at Saint Louis School remain close all their lives after graduating. One reason for that might be that they have their own clubhouse in Moiliili. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Escape by isle resident among WWI’s centennial stories

The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I is Sunday. The impact of this “Great War”— as it was called at the time — in Hawaii was quite different from the Second World War. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Rumors about waitress who haunted Wako Tea House

Since Halloween fell in the middle of the week, I thought I’d begin with a ghost story. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Female police officer was a trailblazer

New Police Chief Susan Ballard spoke to my Honolulu Rotary club recently. She said she owed her position to a trail- blazing woman at the Honolulu Police Department named Lucile Abreu. Read More

Rearview Mirror: From roller rink to nightclub, Dot’s has storied history in Wahiawa

I’ve written about Wahiawa on several occasions this year. This time, I thought I’d write about one of its icons — Dot’s restaurant. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Hawaii features many places related to popular culture

Three years ago, I wrote about company names that have an association with songs, movies and TV shows, such as the Yum Yum Tree, Rosie’s Cantina, Sweet Leilani and Blue Hawaii. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Readers write about renaming of Waikiki Shell, other topics

Each week, I receive lots of questions or suggestions from readers. They had some interesting ideas recently, and I’ll write about them today. Read More

Readers offer outtakes on movies filmed in Hawaii

I received several interesting comments from readers regarding my columns about the movies “In Harm’s Way” (Aug. 10) and “The Descendants” (Sept. 7). Read More

Rearview Mirror: It’s a full house when it comes to names in Hawaii

One of my readers, Wally Hirai, told me last month that he dined with a group of friends at Bravo restaurant below Anna Miller’s in Aiea. Read More

Rearview Mirror: Hawaii mortuary adviser relished role in ‘The Descendants’

A few weeks ago I wrote about the movie “In Harm’s Way” and how the director, Otto Preminger, wanted things to be as authentic as possible. Read More

Chico’s Pizza was among popular pizzerias, fried chicken joints

I rented a beautiful, three-bedroom house at the top of St. Louis Heights when I was in my 20s. Read More

A behind-the-scenes look at the film ‘In Harm’s Way’

Two wooden houses erupted in flames in Palama as dozens ran for their lives. Bombs exploded, splintering coconut trees. A speeding Navy admiral’s black sedan turned on its side as another bomb fell. Read More

Reminiscing about drive-ins, Seabiscuit and a horseshoe

Many of you have written about the dozens of drive-ins Hawaii had when you were younger and had wheels of one sort or another. Read More

Past Oahu drive-ins rekindle memories of food and dating

Two months ago I wrote about Scotty’s Drive-In, which was on Keeaumoku Street from 1956 to 1974 and in Pearl City. Read More

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