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Some of isles’ best players took on Harlem Globetrotters

Updated on  October 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm
When I was young my parents took my brother and me to see the Harlem Globetrotters. I had never seen the combination of basketball and humor before, and it was exhilarating. Read More

Kalakaua wrote ‘Waialae’ for musical politician

I was fortunate to sit at the same table as Gov. David Ige at the Downtown Exchange Club last month. One of the things that I learned about him is that he plays the ukulele. Read More

A history of the Makapuu lighthouse

Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 9:10 am
Many of the world’s lighthouses were built because of nearby shipwrecks. A ship runs aground in the dark and, only later, authorities think of building a lighthouse to prevent it from happening again. Read More

Garden club marks 87 years of spreading joy of isle flora

Updated on  September 1, 2017 at 1:35 am
I’ve written about Honolulu’s botanical gardens several times in Rearview Mirror. At a talk I gave to their “Friends” earlier this year, I met a sister group whose focus is on individual gardens. Read More

Kaimuki’s Boy Scout Troop 10 celebrates 100 storied years

Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 10:24 pm
I was a Boy Scout. I had a fun time camping out, learning how to tie knots and build a fire. It’s interesting how these things stay in my memory 50 years later. Read More

First Hawaiian Bank has headquarters that floats

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm
I was reading former First Hawaiian Bank CEO Walter Dods’ 2015 book recently. “Yes! A Memoir of Modern Hawaii” has fascinating insights into his career. Read More

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

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