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L&L Hawaiian Barbecue began as a dairy, evolved

• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 11:46 am
We used to have dozens of dairies on Oahu. Nearly 90 dairies produced over 30 million gallons of milk a year. The high cost of doing business on an island has sent most of them into our rearview mirrors. Read More

Scotty’s Drive-In served up french fries and marriages

• Updated on  May 18, 2018 at 3:34 pm
Two weeks ago I wrote about Scotty’s Drive-In, one of the first places on Oahu to sell french fries. The owner, Chuck Fraser, also owned Chip’s, next door on Keeaumoku Street where Samsung Plaza is today. Read More

How Holiday Mart was named

• Updated on  May 4, 2018 at 5:34 pm
A few weeks ago I wrote about Holiday City, a subdivision in Pearl City, and the Holiday Mart stores in town, Kailua and Pearl City. I wondered where the “Holiday” name came from. Read More

Now-closed Portuguese restaurant Lisboa stirs readers’ fond memories

• Updated on  April 27, 2018 at 12:32 am
Recently I wrote about several Oahu restaurants that existed in the 1950s to 1980s. This generated more comments and email than any column I’ve written in the past year — for places that have been gone for over 40 years! Read More

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

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