Thursday, November 27, 2014         


If Fresno State someday achieves its avowed goal of domination in the Mountain West Conference and a place at the higher level for its athletic program, it will not have come without ample warning.

Question: Could you explain a "Higher Fines Zone"? How much are the tickets?

The newly crowned Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2015 and Miss Hawaii USA 2015 contestants were named winners of their respective pageants Sunday at the J.W. Ihilani Resort & Spa.

Question: What gives McDonald's at Waialae and Palolo the right to use Waialae Avenue as a loading lane for drivers waiting to enter its drive-thru and thus block a lane of Ewa-bound moving traffic on Waialae Avenue? This happens at certain times of day, not all day or all night.

What better topic than food as we prepare to feast on Thursday? Star-Advertiser videographer Kim Yuen and I recently visited the University of Hawaii to check out the expanded training table breakfast fare, since the NCAA now allows "unlimited food and snacks."

The cloud-soft pitas served at the 2-year-old Shaloha restaurant in Kai­muki have proved so popular that co-owners Sagi Asis­ko­vich and Mor Elkes­lassy have formed a new company, with additional partner Ziv Memran, to expand the bakery operation's capacity and its wholesale reach.

If I even have an extra minute, I have a talent for filling it. I say "yes" to too much. In theory I want to have less to do, but I usually end up with one more assignment at the end of a conversation.

Join us at the 30th annual Hono­lulu City Lights on opening night, 6 p.m. Dec. 6, when festivities include the Electric Light Parade.

When faced with the choice between training for a marathon or refining his golf game lo those many years ago, Blair Hoashi took the single step that began a journey of untold miles.

Question: The Kaneaki Heiau in Makaha is one of the most interesting and well-restored heiau on Oahu. It had a wonderful carved image of Ku, the god of war. Also a fascinating history.

An animated Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter, seemingly more pumped up by the second, talked in rising decibels at his Monday press conference about the joyous union of Thanksgiving and football this week.

Sharing, especially great food and drink, is a major pleasure of the holidays. Normally it’s all good, but there are a few key ways to keep the holidays happy, safe and healthful.

After four years of Gov. Neil Abercrombie's shoot-from-the-hip leadership style, Democrats in the state Legislature are now expecting David Ige to be a governor who reaches for the conference call before the sound bite.

Have you ever wanted to ask a burning question at a meeting without identifying yourself? Now you can. LiveSift.com is a leader in, what shall we call it? "Meetingware." Over the past year it's been going quietly viral all over the state and beyond.

Who knew that a poky marine animal the size of a snow globe could do such a stellar job of fighting aliens? The plodding heroes are collector urchins, a native species the state has been raising by the thousands and releasing in Kane­ohe Bay.

Question: The sprinkler at a house in our Waikele neighborhood has been running 24/7 for at least 10 days. The owners only spend a few weeks a year here and are currently in Japan. We don't know how the sprinkler went on.

This was a second consecutive great weekend for University of Hawaii sports. Make that for Hawaii sports, in general. Contested on the same night UH was upsetting Pitt in basketball, the Mililani-Punahou football state championship final Friday was one of the most entertaining games I've ever seen.

A new option is available for local residents and visitors who want to get out on the water. GetMyBoat is a Web and smartphone app-based platform that connects people who want time on the ocean with owners of watercraft.

Some will call it luck. Some will say the timer deserves the game ball. And some will remind us that UNLV is a very lousy football team. But in the end it didn't matter on senior night for the University of Hawaii.

Questions, questions, questions: UNLV coach Bobby Hauck sounded off on a handful of them on a night when his face was as red as his shirt. Such as: How could Hawaii get off the penultimate play in four seconds in a remarkable 37-35 comeback victory as time expired?

Fellow Democrats who gave Gov. Neil Abercrombie an abrupt heave-ho in their August primary have mostly laid off of him since his humiliating defeat, not wanting to kick a guy while he's down.

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.

Legacies all come down to the bottom line. In reviewing the four-year administration of Gov. Neil Abercrombie, weigh it in terms of predecessors: Govs. George Ariyoshi, John Waihee, Ben Cayetano and Linda Lingle.

With Thanksgiving approaching, we posed a simple question to local notables: "What are you thankful for this year?" Responses were overwhelmingly personal yet pertinent, reflecting core values like family and health.

A treasure chest of hula was on view Nov. 15 at Koa‘e Kea's dazzling dinner extravaganza in the Ala Moana Hotel's Garden Lanai. Koa‘e Kea is an organization made up of retired Hawaiian Airlines hostesses.

For aspiring storytellers trying to make connections in the high-stakes world of Hollywood, it never hurts to have an ally. But it's even better if the ally takes your phone calls.

The makeup of South Korean households is rapidly changing, with a full quarter of households comprising only one member. That proportion is projected to grow to one-third by 2035. This has resulted in a boom for convenience stores.

In this day and age, you'd expect a distinct cheer from the boisterous crowd of 19,254 at Aloha Stadium as the University of Hawaii basketball team completed its upset victory over Pitt on Maui on Friday evening.

At Molokai's Parade of Lights, Christmas exuberance is expressed in delightfully unexpected ways. One year, a float featured a whole pig cooking on a rotisserie. Another year, spectators oohed and aahed at the menagerie on an entry.

The Mellon-Hawaii Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports the work of Native Hawaiian academics and others who are committed to the advancement of knowledge about the Hawaiian natural and cultural environment, Hawaiian history, politics and society.

The first legal online poker site to open in the U.S. has closed. After ceasing operations in New Jersey in September, Ultimate Gaming pulled the plug in Nevada last week, ending an 18-month effort that failed to gain traction.

To avoid damage to communications from working satellites, the NASA Orbital Debris Program tracks half a million pieces of space junk that orbit Earth. The debris is an accumulation of flotsam and jetsam dating back to the first space programs.

‘Iolani — where the school's motto for teamwork originated generations ago with Father Kenneth Bray — is back in the Division II championship game it has won seven of the past nine years under coach Wendell Look, playing Lahainaluna in Friday's first game.

Question: I noted on the screen at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre that the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has donated $10,000 to the Museum Business Council. What is the rationale or connection for the state doing so? Who made the decision? Isn't the state supposed to be hands-off in giving money to private, profit-making entities?

I've written quite a bit about Henry Walker Jr. and Sr. in the last year or two. I recently came by another story I thought my readers would enjoy, this one with Third Fleet Commander Adm. William "Bull" Halsey.

Jennifer Sabas has been keeping busy since her former boss, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, died in December 2012 at age 88. Resume highlights at the moment for the senator's former chief of staff include executive director of Move Oahu Forward, a pro-rail organization she joined in May 2013.

Just watching McKinley High School and University of Hawaii graduate Tammy Duckworth walk into a room leaves you in awe. It was just 10 years ago that a rocket-propelled grenade fired by insurgents north of Baghdad tore into a Black Hawk helicopter, with then-National Guard Capt. Duckworth sitting in the right pilot's seat.

There is growing speculation that these last two Mountain West Conference football games, beginning with Saturday's Hawaii-Nevada-Las Vegas encounter, could be make or break for the head coach.

Question: Whatever happened to the missing person's case of Kimberly Day Jacobs, who was last seen at her Waikiki apartment in August 2008?

Question: I know that you have published a few articles about the new bike lane on King Street, and I think we are just going to have to see how it works out during the "pilot program" period. However, one of my main concerns now is parking. What parking is allowed on the mauka side of King Street?

Question: What is the speed limit on the rehabilitated stretch of the H-1 freeway, between Punahou Street and Likelike Highway?

Toni's Lamps & Shades at 1124 Kona St. is planning to close and is having a liquidation sale after some 58 years in business.

I constantly listen to people tell me they wish they could try this restaurant or that restaurant but, due to family obligations, work hours or financial reasons, are unable to do so.

Thanksgiving approaches, time for my annual mash-up of recipes and charity. This is our eighth year of offering the five top "By Request" recipes of the year as a benefit for the Star-Advertiser's Good Neighbor Fund, which provides aid to families in need.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about the beverages. To complete your festive meal, you'll want a drink that will work with all of those classic dishes, from turkey and gravy to cranberry sauce.

Did you know that the Institute for Human Services, or IHS, provides take-home food to households in need through a partnership with the Hawaii Foodbank?

Question: About 8:45 a.m. one day, my neighbor began flying his drone over houses and in the park near my house. This continued through our breakfast with a sound that mimics a hundred mosquitos. About 11 a.m., I went into my backyard and found the drone flying above me.

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