Tuesday, November 24, 2015         


One way or another, it seems, the University of Hawaii and Louisiana-Monroe football teams were destined to cross paths this season. If not at Aloha Stadium on Saturday, then surely college football’s two most well-traveled teams figured to bump into each other at an airport, hotel, bus station, bank window or hire-a-coach.com website.

Question: In Friday's paper on Page A15, it lists "Fight the Bite" about preventive measures for mosquito control, including spraying of areas that attract mosquitoes.

There is nothing that can destroy the holiday season quite like an FBI — a foodborne illness. You can’t see them coming into your home. You can’t see, hear, or smell them once they’re in your home.

There are only two ways to eat a turkey in Hawaii: after it has been brined and smoked, or it came from 12 hours smoking in an imu.

Question: Is there a state agency that’s responsible for noise issues? My parents live behind a restaurant that has an exhaust fan that is making a lot of noise. It’s running about 12 hours a day, so it’s very annoying to my parents and my brother.

My two weeks of snorkeling in Palau are nearly over, and even though my husband, Craig, isn’t here, I can hear him ask the question he asks at the end of every adventure: What was your favorite part of the trip?

A men’s salon chain that invites its clientele to “arrive rusty and leave gleaming” will open in Honolulu, likely in the second half of next year, said franchisee Rebecca Gustafson. Announcement of the exact location is pending the lease signing. Kelli Yanagawa Wilinski, vice president of the Retail Services Group of Colliers International, is representing the Gustafsons in the deal.

Last week athletic director David Matlin sought to educate the University of Hawaii Board of Regents on the department's fiscal plight with a colorful slide show of charts and graphs.

Was this really the same place? On Friday night the Aloha Stadium press box shook as if Oahu was being hit by an earthquake. But if you'd been in the facility before for a state championship football game involving Kahuku, you knew not to be alarmed.

Gov. David Ige has had his share of deer-in-the-headlights moments during his first year, but none more so than his damage-control news conference after his statement welcoming Syrian refugees to come to Hawaii.

Marcelo Pacleb sits in the dark theater and watches his dancers rehearse onstage. "She's a flight attendant and a double-major," he says, pointing to a lithe young woman who is, seemingly impossibly, emerging as though unfolding herself from inside a magician's box.

“Akamai Money” seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you would like us to address, please email it to business@staradvertiser.com and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

It is too easy to dismiss this edition of the Honolulu City Council as just another version of Lewis Carroll's Mad Hatter's Tea Party, but Carroll and Alice in Wonderland may be the place to search for guidance on this Council.

The three-story, 40,000-square-foot retail complex at Treasure Island, constructed last year on the spot where Pirates Cove and its buccaneering shows were once the highlight of a trip down the Strip, has a new destiny.

There's life after Wo Fat for Mark Dacascos, the islander who played the villain in CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" till his untimely demise in the 100th episode of the Alex O'Loughlin-led reboot of the procedural.

It sounds like something Yogi Berra would have said if the quirky baseball manager were a film critic: There are so many people publishing movie reviews on the Internet that it's hard to find one.

Attention, ALL foodies in Hawaii! Local chef Grant Sato was named international champion of the Global Taste of Korea, a government-sponsored contest aimed at promoting Korean culture through cuisine.

Imaginative arrangements of "Waiting in Vain" and "Cry Me a River" are standout numbers on this new album by Amy Hanaiali'i.

Last week this column covered the Veterans Health Administration's new Choice Program, which enables veterans to obtain health care services in the civilian sector. Since then there has been a flurry of mixed comments and questions about the program.

Question: Please give more information about the automated refuse collection system. You said where to place the bin, but you didn’t say what time.

A ripple of excitement moved through the islands when it was announced that, for the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau had collected data on how many people in Hawaii listed the language spoken in their home as “pidgin.”

Unbeknownst to us, much of the food we consume contains nanoparticles that are much smaller than most viruses and thousands of times smaller than cells. A variety of nano-size substances added to food or packaging enhance color, flavor and freshness.

With Cal Lee as coach, the Saint Louis Crusaders swept the 1990s; nine Prep Bowl wins and victory in the first state tournament, concluding 14 years of owning Hawaii high school football.

My wife and I were on a Japan cruise in May. Aboard the Diamond Princess, giving ukulele and hula lessons and performing Hawaiian music, were the local duo Makani E — husband-and-wife team Kimo and Lokelina Lowry. It was a pleasant surprise.

Singer-actress Cathy Foy and 10 talented young tap-dancing Shooting Stars from Diamond Head Theatre had the crowd soaring high at the Koa'e Kea Hawaiian Airlines retired hostesses annual party at the Ala Moana Hotel on Saturday.

Who knew during last year’s gubernatorial debate that the question we should have asked was whether the candidates wanted Syrian refugees strolling through Ala Moana Park?

Question: Will you please advise the public the proper place to put the city and county trash bin? Some bins are placed on the street instead of the sidewalk as instructed on the cover of the trash bin. When the trash bin is on the street it takes away a parking space.

San Jose State's Tyler Ervin is what some call a multi-tool football player for his nationally ranked abilities as a runner, pass receiver, punt returner and kickoff return specialist.

Can the Pro Bowl be saved? Can Hawaii become its permanent home again? Michael Irvin and Jesse Sapolu hope so. And the NFL hopes it can sell out the 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium for its all-star game, like it used to do back when Irvin and Sapolu starred for the Cowboys and 49ers.

Got five bucks? Send it here. I’ll send you five recipes. Your money goes to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Good Neighbor Fund to support families in need. Everybody wins.

I DON’T know what it is about schools that drives interest in science out of students. Most people have a natural curiosity about the way things work and the interesting things that can happen when chemicals react. And what is cooking but basic chemistry brought into the home, and the magic that happens when ordinary ingredients mix with heat and cold?

Turkey may be the star of the show on Thanksgiving, but it’s the standout side dishes that leave a lasting impression. Make your holiday meal unforgettable by using traditional ingredients in new ways. Pair ingredients and spices that mimic a classic dish and try a new presentation.

Brewers’ inspirations for creating beers can come from anywhere. Sometimes there’s a desire to re-create classic flavors, such as deep rich chocolate and espresso. These are found in Imperial Stouts. At other times, ideas can come from their own backyards and a desire to utilize ingredients that are local or have a special meaning.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept, is to be a University of Hawaii athletic director for a day. Sorry, one day — today — only since we here at your favorite newspaper would run afoul of the Board of Regents giving these out for a longer term. And the guy who actually has the title, David Matlin, might take offense.

Every design that Carrington Manaola Yap creates comes from a spiritual place. The hula dancer, choreographer and fashion designer comes from a family rooted in traditional native Hawaiian practices, whether it’s the art of creating the bark cloth called kapa, natural dyes or healing. His mother, kumu hula Nani Lim Yap, continues to be his mentor in all that he does.

It's the eternal basketball question. Are shooters born or made? If you ask first-year Hawaii coach Eran Ganot, it's a combination — and college players can improve their percentages a lot, through technique and shot selection.

An excellent book came to me recently, "Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape: A Gardener's Guide," by Fred Rauch and Paul Weissich ($55, University of Hawai'i Press).

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's whirling "Aloha to Everyone" style of politics makes him a winner across Hawaii island, but in the big leagues, his county credit ethical lapses darken any political future for the gregarious Democrat.

Just in case any of the applicants for the University of Hawaii head football coaching job had labored under delusions about the severity of the task ahead, Saturday night should have served as a neon reality check.

This tells you all you need to know about how the University of Hawaii football team's season has gone:

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When defending state champion Mililani and Saint Louis meet in the state high school football semifinals tonight, strap in for a nonstop roller-coaster ride of offensive fireworks.

You can take a number, but nobody had taken a number. Instead, the throng of people just crowded around the glass cases admiring the selection, making up their minds and waiting to catch the eye of one of the bakery ladies.

Question: I wonder whether school buses have to get safety inspections. I don't see a sticker, and this bus should not be on the road.

Many of my readers have heard of Hale Kipa, a nonprofit organization that serves at-risk youth and young adults, but might not know its interesting story.

Small Business Saturday is the Saturday immediately following Thanksgiving, the day after Black Friday, as it has been since 2010 when American Express first started the small-business-supporting program.

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