Tuesday, September 30, 2014         


Derrick Santiago never had a problem getting people to follow him. It was knowing where to lead them that took some work. "It was a very, very long process," said Santiago, the 2014 Adult Friends for Youth Young Person of the Year.

Question: Understandably, they are cracking down on drivers for pedestrian safety. The law, as my friends and I understand it, is that we have to stop when a pedestrian enters a crosswalk on our side of the street.

If there is a benefit to being the last of the Mountain West's 12 members to open conference play, it is that the University of Hawaii football team has gotten a good long look at what it will be up against when it gets there.

We need more parks on Oahu. We also need to come to terms on integrating rail into urban Oahu. Can parks and rail live on the same platform? Here in the best weather in the world, no one can say we live in a tree-lined, park-filled city.

Four candidates for governor showed up for the recent PBS-Hawaii debate, but the 800-pound gorilla of Hawaii politics was missing.

With barely a drop of sweat sliding across his tanned and weathered face, weightlifter Gary Kawa­mura lifted the barbell — laden with steel plates that weighed more than he did — and raised it in a smooth motion high above his head.

Question: I saw the commercial for gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona in a courtroom. I thought the Judiciary was supposed to be apolitical, so how was he able to film in a courtroom for a campaign commercial?

When Craig and I moved to Hawaii in 1983, we saw so many fantail filefish, we thought the species, found only in Hawaii, might be the state fish. The 7-inch-long fantails were easy to see and not just because of their striking colors.

The proxy election is scarier than the real one as we "flASHback" on September's news that amused and confused:

On paper it looked like a win-win situation for the University of Hawaii, the idea of having boosters help fund big-money coaching contracts. But. as with too many things at UH, it hasn't always gone as planned.

Every Sunday, “Back in the Day” looks at an article that ran on this date in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The items are verbatim, so don’t blame us today for yesteryear’s bad grammar.

You look up and down the bench and you have to say to yourself, 'Can't anybody here play this game?'" Casey Stengel said that about his 1962 Mets ballclub that lost 120 of its 160 games.

If you want an executive producer to cast you as the next Catwoman, then it's best to consult a cat. Camren Bicondova watched her own cat, Mr. G, and landed the role of Selina Kyle — aka Catwoman — on "Gotham."

Spotlight on Korea for HIFF this year is looking really strong with eight great films and a couple of celebrity attendances. Scheduled to appear are megastar Kang Dong-Won, along with director EJ Yong, who will be making his second visit to HIFF.

John Rowles, the New Zealand-based singer who was a major Waikiki attraction in the 1970s, will make his first return appearance, headlining with the Elvis Presley TCB Band, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Turtle Bay Resort is a "one-stop shop" for outdoor activities. The 840-acre oceanfront retreat is the centerpiece of a setting so spectacular it's been featured in more than 150 movies and TV shows.

The 83-year-old Railroad Pass, located southeast of Las Vegas between Henderson and Boulder City and considered Nevada's oldest casino, has been sold to a local real estate firm.

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

For years the University of Hawaii has looked to its most lucrative athletic teams to help underwrite their financially challenged brothers and sisters.

Why do some people live long healthy lives while others seem to fall ill early and often and then succumb to chronic disease? Dan Buettner, founder of Blue Zones and National Geographic Fellow, traveled across the globe to find the secret behind longevity.

Question: Whatever happened to the police memorial that was going to be built in Honolulu? I contributed money to it and have been asking everyone, but no one knows.

Sometimes the best advice is: "Just don't." That is the caution Anthony Clark, an expert in the definitely rarified field of presidential libraries, gives the University of Hawaii.

I'll turn 83 on Oct. 26, and the time has come for me to reduce my weekly Wood Craft output. I'm not throwing in the towel, but I will be slowing down and doing just one column a month that will run on the last Sunday of each month, starting Oct. 26, my special day.

The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel is celebrating two anniversaries this year. The first is the 60th anniversary of its founding in 1954 by Shigeo and Akino Shigenaga.

If you had walked into Ione and Don Adams' Kaneohe home Wednesday, the only hint that it was not actually Christmas would have been the unusually high temperature and humidity outside.

Question:Were the results from the necropsy of Honolulu Zoo's hippo ever released?

As an offensive lineman at Kailua High in the early 1960s, Bob Richardson thought Surfriders' football coach Joe Kahahawai "seemed like he was six-feet, six inches tall."

Question: Portions of the newly paved Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki have been permanently striped, but we're confused, mainly about the makai side between 10th and 11th avenues.

The family business legacy of Sam and Helen Chong is entering a new, future-facing phase with Hawaii's first Batteries Plus Bulbs store, set to open Monday at Pearl City Gateway Shopping Center.

Celebrate all things rice at the Fifth Annual Hawaii Rice Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ward Centers. The free event includes cooking demos, eating contests, ono food and more.

My daughter knows that in our family, food is an expression of love. The other night I made a stew, and she praised the meal between each spoonful. Her proclamations were almost comical, with long sighs as if she was experiencing new levels of flavor.

When Shigeichi and Yukie Naka­moto founded Bere­ta­nia Florist in 1937, they likely could not have foreseen that their little shop would survive across four generations of family proprietorship and 76 years of community life.

Question: Everyone wants to know, especially those in Manoa terrorized by Yama Fazzari, why is he repeatedly released on bail, and why is bail set so low? How is he allowed to get back on the streets to threaten and terrorize others? Who makes these decisions?

There are some jobs where, however talented you might be, convention dictates that the idea is not to be too busy. Scott Harding knows this full well because he has one of them: He is the University of Hawaii's punter.

By now you probably saw headlines about a new study that links artificial sweeteners with promoting obesity, disrupting blood-sugar control and increasing the risk of developing diabetes.

Here is state Sen. David Ige's plan to become governor: He wants to have a chat with you. There are no plans to raise $2 million, nothing about getting the fastest-talking, most-savvy mainland political whiz, and nothing in the daily planner about winning each news cycle.

Social media has become a marketing vehicle that small-business owners or managers of nonprofits simply can't ignore. From talking to readers of this column, I know there are many of you who feel like deer in the headlights when it comes to getting started with social media.

A reader recently came across what she described as pulsating gelatinous creatures on the Kaiwi shoreline.

Question: When in the U.S. is it proper to fly a foreign flag alone? In Kailua where I walk daily, I see an Australian flag in front of a residence.

As any poker player will tell you, it usually takes more than an ace to win a big hand. Sometimes it can even contribute to you losing a bundle. And you can go on tilt and lose your rhythm after something good happening as easily as something bad.

More than one of the 10 entries in the National Geographic Channel's "Expedition Granted" competition is directly connected to Hawaii. Only the entrants of "Poop Out of Poverty," written about in this space on Wednesday, listed Honolulu as their city of origin, but at least two other entries were submitted by former Hawaii residents.

”Just handle what’s in front of you now, and the future will take care of itself.” — Dan Millman, “Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior” That’s good advice for any golfer, but it was especially true Saturday as most of the Champions Tour pillaged windless and hence defenseless Kapolei Golf Course.

Bless his heart, Hawaii defensive coordinator Kevin Clune's mantra is that his unit has to give up one less point than the Rainbow Warriors' offense scores. "If the offense scores 12, we have to hold them to 11, that's our job," Clune resolutely maintained Saturday.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's road crews recently came to Enchanted Lake to repave the miles of roads and side streets in our sprawling Kailua subdivision.

Ten years ago the cast of the mind-blowing ABC drama "Lost" could walk through Waikiki unrecognized, save for Dominic Monaghan because he was in "The Lord of the Rings."

"Friend 2," the sequel to Korea's 2001 box office hit "Friend," was released on DVD in the United States on Tuesday.

Filmmaker Christopher K.T. Bright, grandson of Ron and Mo Bright, has landed his first film festival for his short film, "Tsuru," which deals with the World War II internment camp experience.

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