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Identities sought for two 442nd Regimental Combat Team portraits

Updated on  July 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm
These eight hand-drawn portraits have the elements of a good mystery — a murky provenance, the backdrop of war, clues that, so far, have led to dead ends and a sense of urgency to find the heroes in the pictures. Read More

Sprinkler issue needs creativity and urgency

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell moved quickly to call for changing the city Fire Code to mandate automatic fire sprinklers that would have saved lives and property in Friday’s fire at the Marco Polo high-rise. Read More
Updated on  July 18, 2017 at 10:15 pm

Laws won’t make dim smartphone users bright

Any parent or grandparent, aunty or uncle, teacher or principal or responsible older sibling knows the frustration of having to say ridiculous things to a clueless child. Read More
Updated on  July 15, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Anniversary not the kind celebrated, and yet …

Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 11:31 pm
Conrad and Paola Leslie came to Hawaii believing it was what their son wanted them to do. Read More

When it comes to exercise, doctor Wee walks the walk

Updated on  July 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm
Many people are told by their doctor to get more exercise. Dr. Theresa Wee wanted to do better than that. Read More

Legislator empowers people with hard work and a smile

Updated on  July 8, 2017 at 11:12 pm
A few months ago, I was at the Waianae library to talk about writing with members of the book club. What ended up dominating the conversation was the west-side traffic and state Rep. Andria Tupola. Read More

Kim, Park will hear ‘book ’em’ again soon

Updated on  July 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm
Here we are in 2017 walking around watching videos on our phones and going Facebook Live from family parties and watching grandmas with their own YouTube channel, yet we still revere television like it is somehow closer to the divine. Read More

Scents take you places — for better or for worse

Updated on  July 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm
The hot blast of wind carrying the cocktail of jet exhaust and yellow plumeria is gone, but you can still smell it. Read More

ALS battler continues to fight disease after death

Steven Vidinha spent the last months of his life doing everything he could think of to spare others from suffering his fate. Read More

Bikeshare peddling comes with familiar ring

Updated on  June 29, 2017 at 10:33 pm
It would sure be great if the new Bikeshare program turns out to work exactly as described. Read More

It’s a small, small island with a great big problem

In 2008 the happiest ride in the “Happiest Place on Earth” was shut down for renovations. The canals that carry visitors through Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” were made deeper because riders had gotten heavier over the years and there were so many more chubby people weighing down those poor little white boats. Read More
Updated on  June 28, 2017 at 9:24 pm

Double layer of shorts can counter any vulnerability

Updated on  June 25, 2017 at 10:39 am
The local male’s casual style of dress is so well known and easily described that it has almost become cliche. Read More

Funny how we’re quiet when things go so right

On Friday night, folks on the east side of Honolulu braced for the horrors of another Kalanianaole water main break. Read More
Updated on  June 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm

Reunion has father counting his blessings

For years, Paul Waller would sit through his church’s Father’s Day service and feel a kind of ache watching children honor their dads, seeing fatherhood celebrated. Read More

Bright spots on journey leave a joy unshooable

On the road to Naalehu back in the 1970s, there was a house with a plumeria tree that had been decorated with tin cans and handmade ornaments that glittered and clanked as you drove past. Read More
Updated on  June 15, 2017 at 10:13 pm

Wonder Woman? Hirono is pretty wondrous herself

Updated on  June 14, 2017 at 12:11 am
Everyone is buzzing over the new “Wonder Woman” movie, which tells the backstory of a superhero with a compassionate heart, sharp mind, warrior training and showgirl costume who can walk straight into a barrage of enemy bullets without fear. Read More

Rail’s gone from savior to multiplier of burdens

Supporters of Oahu’s rail project started out sounding visionary. Now, supporters of the train are sounding strung-out and desperate. Read More

Doggedness pays off in adopting pet and park

Updated on  June 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm
This is a story about a dog park, that modern amenity where people take their dogs to run off nervous energy and become socialized. But it’s more about human nature than dog behavior, and about giving things a chance to work. Read More

Aikido dojo teaches elders how to prevent fall injuries

Updated on  June 6, 2017 at 10:09 pm
On Sunday afternoons in a quiet sunlit community hall in Kalihi, Bill Doi teaches old folks how to fall. Read More

These days, those who follow rules are suckers

In the modern world, that rule-follower is seen as a sucker. So many examples. Let’s go. Read More