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August filled with historical events that shaped the isles

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 12:15 am
Statehood Day is approaching on the 21st of the month, and so is the anniversary of Ala Moana Center, which opened on the 13th. This made me think that August is full of historical events. Read More

Hawaii’s hospitals are unique because of their early founders

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 1:14 am
My topic this week is the unique stories Hawaii’s hospitals have. Specifically, two queens, two kings, two emperors, two saints and a pope founded, supported or named island hospitals. I don’t think you could find that anywhere else in the world. Read More

Radio transmissions prove Earhart wasn’t captured

Updated on  July 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm
Several readers have asked what I think of the photo that surfaced recently purportedly showing that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had been captured by the Japanese in 1937. Read More

Hebenstreit was a KGMB fixture, first on radio and then TV

Updated on  July 16, 2017 at 12:18 am
Carl Hebenstreit was the first person islanders heard on local television during a KGMB broadcast in 1952. He’s now retired and lives in Kaneohe. Read More

Armed Services YMCA a multifaceted Hawaii institution

Updated on  July 8, 2017 at 6:28 pm
The Army Navy YMCA replaced the original Royal Hawaiian Hotel in 1917 and welcomed millions of clean-faced American boys who found themselves serving their country. Read More

Toontown worker shared origin tales of Tweety, Bugs

Martha Goldman Sigall worked in the Hollywood animation business for 53 years as an inker and painter for nearly every studio except Disney. Read More

‘King of the Fleecers’: Honolulu con man reveals his secrets

Updated on  June 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm
Alex Sumida was born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1893 and moved to Hawaii island when he was 13. He admitted to stealing more than $2.6 million (in today’sdollars) from more than 50 individuals. Read More

Schofield was built to protect Pearl Harbor

Updated on  July 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm
There are many interesting facts about Schofield Barracks, which opened in 1909 and was designed to protect Pearl Harbor from a North Shore overland attack. Read More

Game with Babe Ruth looms large in Hilo baseball lore

Updated on  June 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm
In 1933, Babe Ruth played with a Big Island all-star team versus the Waiakea Pirates, one of the oldest sports clubs in the state. Read More

Priory part of pair of persistent monarchs’ legacy

Updated on  June 4, 2017 at 12:03 am
Through the efforts of Queen Emma, St. Andrew’s Priory opened among muddy taro patches 150 years ago last week. Read More

Thousands trace heritage to Oahu ranching pioneers

Updated on  May 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm
The Holt family’s grand estate at Makaha entertained Hawaiian and European royalty with great luau that went on for days. Read More

Hawaii island boasts many firsts, gave rise to isle favorites

Updated on  May 20, 2017 at 7:56 pm
Hawaii island introduced many things, including cowboys, boarding schools and the first statue of Kamehameha the Great. Read More

Former Star-Bulletin columnist shares story of meeting Marilyn

Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 8:45 pm
Former Honolulu Star-Bulletin columnist Jim Becker spoke at the Honolulu Quarterback Club recently, and one of the things he talked about was Marilyn Monroe. Read More

Don Robbs shares stories from 50-plus years on local radio, TV

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm
Don Robbs is best known for his sports coverage, but he was also a news director at KPOI and KHVH radio, and executive director at Hawaii Public Television. Read More

Akebono’s destruction in January robbed Hawaii of oldest theater

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

Hawaii rolled out aloha for Apollo 13 astronauts

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

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

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

Diamond Head sparkles with history

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

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

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