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                                Fidget spinners, meant to help people focus, instead became a distraction in classrooms as the toy became all the rage across the country. Above, boxes of spinners are on display at a 7-Eleven store in Warren, Mich.

Here we go round the fidget toy spin cycle

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                                Fidget spinners, meant to help people focus, instead became a distraction in classrooms as the toy became all the rage across the country. Above, boxes of spinners are on display at a 7-Eleven store in Warren, Mich.

Updated on  May 25, 2017 at 10:28 pm
I asked my kid if he wanted a fidget spinner. He gave me the look that is becoming his default response to a parent who is perpetually behind the trends. Read More

Fresh eyes could bring clarity, fixes for schools

Often, when there’s a high-profile government job opening in Hawaii — UH president, chief of police, superintendent of schools, for example — the water cooler and break room analyses turn to local-versus-mainland, insider-versus-outsider. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A new gate, locked, has been put up at the access path to the beach at Portlock and the surf spot known as “Seconds.” A small poster with photos of litter in the lane is also on the gate. The question is whether these earnest signs make an impact.

Homemade signs strive for change, but often fail

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A new gate, locked, has been put up at the access path to the beach at Portlock and the surf spot known as “Seconds.” A small poster with photos of litter in the lane is also on the gate. The question is whether these earnest signs make an impact.

Updated on  May 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm
Funny how, despite the power of the digital age, the popularity of Twitter and YouTube and Facebook, the ease private citizens now have in getting their message out and having their voice heard, people still turn to a simple homemade sign in attempts to exert control in the world. Read More

Kupuna lose to parental videos, butts on May Day

Somewhere, lost behind the wall of mom-jean-shorts and dri-FIT long-sleeve dad-shirts, behind the line where the front row used to be, behind the jostling and jockeying of phone-wielding parents, sit the grandparents. And they’ve had enough. Read More
Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm
COURTESY BLANCO FAMILY
                                Fred Blanco joined the Army in 1944 and served in the Civilian Marine Personnel Transportation Corps.

Agent was devoted to helping immigrant homebuyers

COURTESY BLANCO FAMILY
                                Fred Blanco joined the Army in 1944 and served in the Civilian Marine Personnel Transportation Corps.

Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 12:14 am
Fred Cortel Blanco’s childhood was spent in a bamboo hut in the Philippines with no running water or electricity. He later devoted his life to helping hundreds of families, many of them Filipino immigrants like himself, buy a home in Hawaii. Read More
RON KOSEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Kauai resident Tod Walker greets his birth mother, Marguerita “Snooky” Landis Gravenor, of Portland, Ore., in a reunion at Lihue Airport.

Son reunited with mom in time for Mother’s Day

RON KOSEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Kauai resident Tod Walker greets his birth mother, Marguerita “Snooky” Landis Gravenor, of Portland, Ore., in a reunion at Lihue Airport.

Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 11:12 pm
For months, he called her every day. He would tell himself not to overdo it, but then he’d end up calling. Now he can’t stop hugging her and holding her hand. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Free lunch in schools where close to half of the students come from families that are struggling is a place to start. A good meal always makes for a good beginning. But it isn’t the end, not if we want Hawaii to be a place of equality.

Free-meals plan is sign of disparity in the state

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Free lunch in schools where close to half of the students come from families that are struggling is a place to start. A good meal always makes for a good beginning. But it isn’t the end, not if we want Hawaii to be a place of equality.

Updated on  May 11, 2017 at 10:12 pm
The announcement this week that students in 52 Hawaii schools will be receiving free breakfast and lunch starting next school year is terrific news for kids. Read More
 
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 18
                                Sen. Ron Kouchi spoke during the opening of the legislative session.

Fold against adversity, just like the Legislature

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 18
                                Sen. Ron Kouchi spoke during the opening of the legislative session.

Updated on  May 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm
Dear Youth of Hawaii, this is a letter from your state legislators if they actually wrote you a letter. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / SEPT. 2010
                                Senator Daniel Inouye spoke during ceremonies for “The End of World War II” 65th Anniversary ceremony. The Honolulu International Airport has been renamed the Daniel K. Inouye Airport.

At least we didn’t name the landfill for Inouye

STAR-ADVERTISER / SEPT. 2010
                                Senator Daniel Inouye spoke during ceremonies for “The End of World War II” 65th Anniversary ceremony. The Honolulu International Airport has been renamed the Daniel K. Inouye Airport.

Updated on  May 5, 2017 at 10:52 am
There’s an uneasiness in the air, a sense of confusion. All of a sudden, with very little ramp-up or fanfare, the Honolulu International Airport is renamed the Daniel K. Inouye Airport. Read More

Hospitality and tourism re-engaging over Airbnb

Maybe you see some tourists walking around your neighborhood carrying bags of groceries from the nearest 7-Eleven and you wonder, “What’s this Airbnb thing all about?” Read More
Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 10:15 pm
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MELVEEN LEED
                                Singer Melveen Leed visited her mother Didi Kaakimaka every day and sang for her. Kaakimaka suffered from Alzheimers and, even in the last stages of the disease, would sometimes remember lyrics to old songs.

Melveen Leed pays tribute to her mother

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MELVEEN LEED
                                Singer Melveen Leed visited her mother Didi Kaakimaka every day and sang for her. Kaakimaka suffered from Alzheimers and, even in the last stages of the disease, would sometimes remember lyrics to old songs.

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm
Melveen Leed has sung for millions of people — at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall and, for many years, in showrooms in Waikiki. Over the last year, every day and sometimes twice, she sang for her mother. Read More
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Author R. Zamora Linmark poses with Natalie Aczon, who owned the Waikiki cafe where he would go to write his breakthrough novel, “Rolling the R’s.”

Novel’s anniversary is recognition of triumph

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Author R. Zamora Linmark poses with Natalie Aczon, who owned the Waikiki cafe where he would go to write his breakthrough novel, “Rolling the R’s.”

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 12:19 am
Picture a literary event downtown on a Wednesday night where a group of writers and scholars gather to hear a book being read. Read More

Parks need help, but bill to allow it is complicated

We can all agree that city parks and facilities need help, right? There are parks where the weeds growing through the cracks in the parking lot are thicker than the grass on the playing field. Read More
Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 10:05 pm
COURTESY KAMAKA FAMILY
                                Julian Hipolito made Kamaka ukuleles for 47 years before retiring in 2005. He kept in touch with the family, riding the bus and later the Handi-Van to come visit, and he would always show up for big events and the annual Kamaka Christmas party.

Craftsman’s deft, skilled touch helped ukulele sing

COURTESY KAMAKA FAMILY
                                Julian Hipolito made Kamaka ukuleles for 47 years before retiring in 2005. He kept in touch with the family, riding the bus and later the Handi-Van to come visit, and he would always show up for big events and the annual Kamaka Christmas party.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 10:52 pm
Julian Hipolito was the last of what Fred Kamaka Jr. calls “The Dream Team” — four master craftsmen who for decades made the world-renowned Kamaka ukuleles. Read More

Speed kills, but racers don’t think it’ll be them

Yes, it stinks to be sitting in a traffic jam on the H-1 trying to get to work. Or the Pali. Or Kalanianaole. Or Farrington Highway along the Leeward coast. Read More
Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 10:10 pm

Kauai man aided keiki with funds, plus aloha

Some people dream of retiring to Kauai to put their feet up and do nothing. Others show up and want to change things. Ric Cox retired to Kauai and asked how he could help. Read More
Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 10:58 pm
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Seventh-grader Stone Jessee, left, Rod “Mr. Rod” Maghsoudlou, and seventh-graders Micah Kaonohi-Kaihenui and JR Earnell pose on the Kailua Intermediate School campus, above. Mr. Rod stands in a hallway of the school and reaches out to students as they hurry to afternoon classes, at right.

Teacher’s love helps kids through hardships

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Seventh-grader Stone Jessee, left, Rod “Mr. Rod” Maghsoudlou, and seventh-graders Micah Kaonohi-Kaihenui and JR Earnell pose on the Kailua Intermediate School campus, above. Mr. Rod stands in a hallway of the school and reaches out to students as they hurry to afternoon classes, at right.

Updated on  April 15, 2017 at 11:50 pm
Rod Maghsoudlou seems to know all about his students — how close they were to making honor roll last quarter, what professional sports team they follow, each child’s burdens and each child’s goals. Read More

Unified need keeps island carriers and clients cordial

The fallout over the brutal removal of a United Airlines passenger from a plane at Chicago’s O’Hare airport has stretched out longer than it should. Read More
Updated on  April 13, 2017 at 10:23 pm

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