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L&L Hawaiian Barbecue began as a dairy, evolved

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

Recalling Ala Wai boat rides and other bygone pleasures

I like to go through my mailbag every now and then and answer reader’s questions or share their stories. Read More

Gone to the dogs, and a bunch of other storied critters, too

This week’s Rearview Mirror has gone to the dogs … and turkeys … and tortoises … and horses … and cows. There’s even a bull involved! Read More

Sand Island has storied past but mystery shrouds its name

Herbert Murayama wrote recently to ask whether anyone knew the origin story of Sand Island. Read More

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

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

Wahiawa stirs up memories of a safer and ‘gentler time’

Wahiawa is an interesting community. Most Oahu residents pass through it on the way to the North Shore and slow down only for traffic lights. Read More
 

How Holiday Mart was named

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

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

Honolulu of the ’50s was wild for Scotty’s fries

French fries are on menus everywhere today, but a few readers told me one place in Hawaii was the first to sell them. Read More
 

Memories of Wahiawa before and after World War II

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

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

Two weeks ago I gave my readers an opportunity to ask questions about places in Hawaii they fondly recalled. Read More

Market City celebrates its 70th anniversary

Let’s start this week’s column with a quiz. 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

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

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

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

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

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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