Tuesday, January 27, 2015         


Question: How is the University of Hawaii Manoa's College Hill, the large house near the Manoa campus that was previously used as the UH president's residence, used now? I don't think it's been used as the president's residence since 2009.

James Wong didn't necessarily need Scouting to achieve the success he's enjoyed as one of Hawaii's most influential real estate developers.

What, no canoe? It may be a sign of our progress as a state that Gov. David Ige was able to deliver his first State of the State speech and not once in the half-hour address were we bundled into a canoe.

Ginger is grown commercially in Hawaii, especially on the Big Island and Kauai. Certain microclimates in the islands are ideal for growing some of the world's highest-quality ginger. In addition to its culinary uses, there is a great deal of interest in its potential health benefits.

If you have an email address, you've probably been the target of a phishing scam. Online phishes are social attacks delivered through email or a website that attempt to scam potential victims into divulging sensitive information such as logins, passwords or personal information.

I was recently asked whether Laysan albatrosses were really nesting at Kaena Point. They sure are. The albatrosses there are one of Hawaii's best conservation success stories.

Question: How is it that a TSA agent at the airport can take your personal property and keep it forever?

Rarely is it true that whining works with basketball officials. It's OK to ask them in a respectful manner about what you did that got you tagged for a foul, so you can try not to commit the same offense again.

The Cunard Lines Queen Victoria cruise ship, which has just emerged from a multimillion-dollar renovation, will be in Hono­lulu Harbor on Feb. 24.

If we look at the composition of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame after the induction of its first two classes, maybe we can put a stereotype to rest. Yes, the Pacific Islands are known for producing linemen.

Everyone is worried about Yun-hui and Min-ho after Min-ho goes to see his father in Seoul. Yun-hui puts on a tough act, but she is hurt and worried. Min-ki doesn't know what he's feeling when he sees Hyeok comforting Yun-hui.

Most of the naked-eye planets are visible throughout February, with Venus and Mars gathering at dusk, and Jupiter reaching peak brightness and shining all night long. The Big Dipper also re-enters the Hawaiian evening sky.

Gov. David Ige campaigned for office on his mentor George Ariyoshi's old mantra of "quiet but effective."

After two years running the House Finance Committee, state Rep. Sylvia Luke has become not so much an economic pessimist as a realist. Because the House introduces the state budget, Luke, a Makiki-Pauoa Democrat, gets first crack at Gov. David Ige's no-frills $13.3 billion, two-year general fund budget.

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.

Stones speak to Nanette Napoleon. A tombstone, she points out, can be a revealing snapshot of the deceased's life, sometimes providing information that's not documented elsewhere.

There was big news last week about the entertainment lineup at Caesars Palace, where it was confirmed that Mariah Carey will take up residence in the Colosseum. Carey announced the news on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Garett Taketa of Kaneohe is the latest Hawaii actor signed to an off-Broadway musical prepping for a July 3 opening.

Not much is left to chance on the set of a feature film. The way props are positioned can be just as important to a director as the tone of an actor's voice, so set dressers labor to create the necessary realism.

“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@staradvertiser.com and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

NFL teams now face a version of the question that confronted University of Washington opponents this year: What to do with Hau‘oli Kikaha? The Kahuku High graduate plays in Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. (11 a.m. NFL Network), and how — and where — he performs will likely go a long way toward helping determine where he is taken in April's NFL Draft.

Tobacco continues to be big business — a $35 billion market — but electronic cigarettes are burning away at the market share. E-cigarettes are booming. New technologies claim reduced adverse health effects compared with tobacco smoking.

Forget about Pitt on Maui. Never mind Colorado in the Diamond Head Classic. Or any of the other 11 victories this season. That win Thursday against unheralded UC Davis was the biggest of 2014-15 for the University of Hawaii basketball team.

Question: Would you explain to the many drivers who use Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki every day, why after months and months of repaving work and completion dates extended multiple times, when the road was finally repaved and a delight to drive on again, why it is now being torn up again by Hawaii Gas?

From small Christmas craft fairs at a friend's house, Valerie Bigelow's Island Girl Collection made a big leap to be at the first Made in Maui County Festival in November.

How do you welcome a new radio personality who's moved from New York to Hawaii? Today it might be an ad campaign on radio and TV. But in 1959 the United States' youngest program director had a different idea: Keep him awake for eight days in a department store window.

Hawaii's state Legislature may be on the forefront of a quiet revolution in American politics: voting exclusively with mail-in ballots. Senate President Donna Mercado Kim kicked off her opening day speech with a reference to Peter, Paul and Mary's "Where have all the flowers gone?"

When I put "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, on my must-see list, I had no idea the Iraq War movie would become controversial because of the sniper's many killings.

Q: What can a homeowner/resident legally do to address mess-making animals on your property? Is it legal to trap or poison? How about random audio bursts that scare off the birds? • Q: How should a widow be addressed: Ms. or Mrs.?

The University of Hawaii football team went 3-8 and lost its spring game to an alumni team, whereupon the coaches quit and 33 players threatened to leave.

Question: The traffic signal at University Avenue and Coyne Street in Moiliili is still not operating. Will it be turned on soon? In October, after installation of the lights was completed months earlier, you said the city was awaiting Hawaiian Electric Co. to complete its work. No target date was given other than before the cycle track was completed, by November or December.

Any winning athlete or coach will tell you. Successfully defending a championship is a lot harder than winning the first one. It's the same with big new organizations and their big, annual events. There should, however, be no sophomore slump for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

The Japan-based Pier thirty group breezed into town in the fall with one of the most ambitious plans I've heard in a long time: Open 300 restaurants across the United States within 10 years, 20 of them in Hawaii -- all different concepts -- to open in five to six years.

The year 2014 was an exceptional one for beer in Hawaii. We saw dozens of top-quality breweries distribute to the isles, adding more than 100 new beer choices to the shelves.

If you made a resolution to cook more good stuff and eat less bad, by this point in the new year, you already may be backsliding. Convenience meals and fast food can seem an easy fix when workdays are busy, commutes are long and your house is full of hungry people at 6 p.m.

The Malama Learning Center kicks off the New Year with a WOW (WithOut Walls) hands-on cooking class that teaches individuals and families to prepare several delicious, nutritious dishes.

Ruth's Chris Steak House in Wai­kiki is soon to expand its footprint and refresh its Hawaii-themed look.

If there is one thing the University of Hawaii has a curious propensity to do above all else, it is negotiate against itself.

Jinjing "Coco" Wei came to the United States with an open mind and a resolve not to make any assumptions.

Question: Are the "Live Aloha" bumper stickers still available? If so, can you tell me how I can get them?

Paying for Honolulu's over-budget heavy rail line is starting to look like a scene from a Bruce Willis movie where he grabs a panic-stricken colleague, announcing, "It is time to cowboy up."

One hundred twenty-thousand Japa­nese, mostly U.S. citizens, were imprisoned behind barbed wire during World War II. Meanwhile, 20,000 Japa­nese were recruited to serve in the U.S. army — a huge contradiction, and a disgrace.

Everyone who cares about Hawaii's sea turtles will want to enter these numbers in their cellphones: Turtle Rescue: 725-5730 and 288-5685. I wish I had earlier.

Question: State law prohibits sales and consumption of liquor on public streets, but the city allows it during lots of block parties in Chinatown.

In astrophotographer/PGA Tour pro Jimmy Walker's diverse world there is wonder in using his $30,000 telescope to gaze upon Orion's Sword, the Andromeda Galaxy, Iris Nebula and Antares in the darkened skies. Sunday in broad daylight there was another remarkable sighting.

Hawaii will be only the second state to get a demonstration of new 8K TV technology with 16 times the pixel count of high-definition TV, and the public is invited to view it as part of the 37th annual Pacific Telecommunications Council conference, now underway.

Do you know the story of how macadamias came to Hawaii? The original grove is up Tantalus in the area called Nutridge, planted by two sailors, Edward and Robert Jordan, who traveled to the islands from Brisbane, Australia, with their pockets full of nuts in 1892.

The University of Hawaii's lack of urgency in putting its athletic house in order is confounding.

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