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Longtime entertainment writer Ben Wood says ‘aloha’


Updated on  October 16, 2017 at 9:26 am
Longtime entertainment writer Ben Wood, approaching his 86th birthday, recalls his colorful newspaper career as he steps back from his regular column. Read More

Polo-playing Kahala developer Pietsch honored at invitational

Charles Pietsch Jr., who played polo and developed the Kahala Hilton in 1964, was honored at the inaugural Hawaii Invitational of Polo in Waimanalo this month. Read More

HIFF founder’s bash draws former volunteers


Updated on  September 11, 2017 at 9:48 am
The party invitation from Jeannette Paulson Hereniko promised the latest news about the Hawaii International Film Festival. Read More

Halekulani alumni pleased to see fallen tree sprouting

When former Halekulani employees held their annual reunion last year, they walked in to find a beloved 129-year-old kiawe tree had fallen. They were happy to discover the massive tree trunk had been left in place on its side and was sprouting during a return visit last month. Read More

Isle icon Ho to receive his due in Waikiki ceremony


Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm
Entertainer Don Ho will be honored at the International Market Place on what would have been his 87th birthday. Read More

Lynn says Midler’s a winner as Dolly, by golly


Updated on  July 15, 2017 at 1:18 am
Singer-actress Shari Lynn was in New York recently to see Bette Midler on Broadway in “Hello Dolly.” Read More
 

Isle attorney Tsukiyama shares groundbreaking life in memoir


Updated on  July 3, 2017 at 9:55 am
Attorney Ted T. Tsukiyama is still making history at age 96 as Watermark Publishing has released his book, “My Life’s Journey: A Memoir.” Read More

Hokule‘a achievements a reflection of all involved


Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm
Warm congratulations go out to every person, be they crew members or involved behind the scenes, for taking part in Hokule‘a’s sensational round-the-world voyage navigated by the stars. Read More

Passing conjures memories of Broadway superstars


Updated on  May 30, 2017 at 12:46 am
A friend’s death stirs up memories of visits with Yvonne Elliman and Bette Midler. Read More
 

DC-3 cabin crew gathers for lunch, hula, memories


Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm
Beautiful and graceful hula was the main course as Hawaiian Airlines DC-3 hostesses, stewardesses and flight attendants gathered for the Koa‘e Kea club’s annual luncheon. Read More

‘Don Ho Remembered’ brings back fond memories


Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 8:16 am
An airing of “Don Ho Remembered” in memory of the 10th anniversary of the entertainer’s death brought back a flood of memories for Star-Advertiser columnist Ben Wood. Read More

Graveside gathering set for baseball’s ‘father’


Updated on  April 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm
Ralph Carhart will join the Friends of Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., known as the father of modern baseball, on his 197th birthday Monday at Oahu Cemetery. Read More

Email brings back memories of Kamae


Updated on  April 3, 2017 at 9:03 am
Eddie Kamae died when I was flattened out with shingles and could not write about his death. That bothered me. Read More

Oahu is ‘Skull Island’ in Kong’s latest ape movie


Updated on  March 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm
Wanna get your mind off ugly local and national politics, the high cost of Oahu’s rail, soaring medical care costs and potholes? If so, take in “Kong: Skull Island” to escape. Read More

‘Moana’ songstress shows star quality at Oscars

Hawaii’s Auli‘i Cravalho sang beautifully in the Oscar spotlight Feb. 26 and displayed youthful spark and brightness in her red-carpet interview leading up to the big show. Read More

Journalist Okita making her way in London


Updated on  February 18, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Former KGMB anchor and noted CBS journalist Teri Okita checks in to bring her story up to date and offer praise for her dad. Read More

Gridiron gladiators entertain a shingles-stricken columnist

Watching NFL games was one of the few things columnist Ben Wood could enjoy after being painfully knocked to the sidelines by a case of shingles. Read More

2016 a busy year for two sons of Hawaii

Columnist Ben Wood takes a look back at the year that was in local entertainment. Read More

Harrington to receive award for being exemplary ‘Pacific citizen’


Updated on  December 11, 2016 at 11:57 am
The Pan Pacific Southeast Asia Women Association-Hawaii has selected Al Harrington as the first recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More

Leed wows gathering of ex-Hawaiian Air hostesses


Updated on  November 29, 2016 at 12:11 am
Koa‘e Kea, a group of former Hawaiian Airlines DC-3 hostesses, stewardesses and flight attendants, held a 20th-anniversary dinner party at the Ala Moana Hotel on Nov. 12. Read More

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