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Kakaako reverting to origin as residential area

Who was dull, slow, low, underhanded, fraudulent, tricky or mean? That’s the meaning of the word “Kakaako” I found in a 1939 publication of the Hawaiian Historical Society. Read More

How Hawaii organizations and places got their names

A few weeks ago I wrote about how companies and places in the islands arrived at their names. As regular readers of my column know, I often have plenty of leftovers. Here’s another helping. Read More

Rearview Mirror hands out its awards for 2017 favorites

Each year at this time I review stories I wrote about in Rearview Mirror in the last year and pick my favorites. Read More

2017: A year of discovery

Rearview Mirror is a voyage of discovery for me. At the end of the year, I like to review some of the things I learned. Read More

Don Ho’s high-flying dream kept him first in first class

Don Ho dreamed of piloting a Boeing 747. Ho had been in the Air Force and always thought of himself as a pilot, Adrienne Liva Sweeney told me. She was Ho’s personal secretary from 1968 to 1975. Read More

L&L Hawaiian BBQ began as dairy in the early 1950s

Last month I wrote a little bit about L&L Drive-in and how it was named. Two men who were part of L&L’s early days emailed me to share their recollections. Read More

Philanthropist got his start developing Damon Tract

Many of you have heard of Clarence T.C. Ching because of the work his foundation has done recently. Read More

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

San Jose State football tied to momentous time in Hawaii history

San Jose State is playing the University of Hawaii football team on Saturday, and there’s an amazing connection between the two schools I thought readers of my column would enjoy. 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

Life’s journey is never a solitary endeavor

David Matlin believes that we never are really on our own. 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

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