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Rearview Mirror


JFK’s assassination led to anxiety at UH

I’ve reported a lot about where people were when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Read More

How Hawaii organizations and places got their names

How Hawaii companies arrived at their names is often interesting in and of itself. I thought I’d focus on that this week. Read More

Kalakaua’s Washington visit full of pomp and circumstance

I caught a snippet of something on TV last week that intrigued me. It said the first White House state dinner was held in honor of our own King David Kalakaua. Read More

Maryknoll School marking 90 years of mission in isles

Maryknoll School just celebrated its 90th year in Hawaii. Its story began Sept. 2, 1927, when six young and adventurous Maryknoll Sisters and a young priest from New York stepped off the liner City of Honolulu onto tropical soil for the first time. Read More

Some of isles’ best players took on Harlem Globetrotters

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

Japanese ancestors emigrated to Hawaii to avoid draft, family reunion reveals

Last month I wrote about companies started by Japanese immigrants. In it I mentioned that a great number of those immigrants came from the island of Kyushu and southern Honshu. Read More

A history of the Makapuu lighthouse

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

Readers share stories evoked from Rearview columns

Readers have weighed in recently on events I wrote about over the summer. Read More

Garden club marks 87 years of spreading joy of isle flora

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

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

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

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

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

Isle businesses past and present adopted variety of mascots

Popular Hawaii businesses past and present used animals for their names, signs and logos. Read More

Radio transmissions prove Earhart wasn’t captured

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

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

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

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