Monday, August 3, 2015         


During my recent trip to Australia, I occasionally had Internet access to Hawaii news and learned that our sea cucumbers are in trouble because people have been harvesting them off Oahu and Maui. One headline in this newspaper said, "Sea cucumbers seem to need a friend right now."

Tanaka of Tokyo will be breaking ground with new technology when it moves from its King's Village home of 25 years into the Ohana Waikiki East Hotel.

It takes a lot of energy from the rooted plant to produce fruit, so properly maintaining and training a fruit tree will produce a quality harvest. Pruning fruit trees is an art that requires practice and experience. Sometimes people prune to keep busy, but it should be a well-planned, thoroughly thought-out activity in the garden.

Gov. David Ige's show of leadership in Hawaii's homelessness crisis offers hope we can finally make headway, but only if he brings some urgency that he's failed to muster so far.

You're in motion from the moment the alarm bleats to the blessed hour when you finally tumble into a sweaty sleep, but it still feels like you don't get enough done to get ahead. The daily to-do list for an average working parent is probably something like:

It probably doesn't happen very often where two award-winning functional artists collaborate with a famed master artist to design a distinctive residence.

When it comes to dealing with the transfer epidemic related to Hawaii high school sports, there is no one right answer, no one size that fits all.

Tihati Productions' flagship Polynesian show, "Te Moana Nui," will move to the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani's Ainahau Showroom beginning Aug. 28, where performances will be staged Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The 20th Century Fox comedy "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" wrapped last week after two months of filming on Oahu.

Actor Bae Yong Joon ("Winter Ballad," "Untold Scandal," "April Snow," "The Legend," "Hotelier," "Did We Really Love?," "The Barefoot Youth" and "First Love") married Park Soo Jin, an actress 13 years younger than him, MondayJuly 27 in Seoul.

L 'Escargot — Mimi Hafele, Duane Padilla and Pierre Grill — celebrate the birth centennial of French vocalist Edith Piaf (1915-1963) with this economically packaged 12-song CD.

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.

“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 and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

The checks are almost in the mail. Beginning Saturday, colleges may begin meeting the landmark and long overdue NCAA legislation allowing scholarship athletes to receive so-called cost of attendance stipends that address expenses beyond room, board, books and tuition.

Potter's wheels spin; paintbrushes sweep across canvases; beads, shells and wire turn into pretty rings and bracelets. On any given day, creativity blooms at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center.

A fire on the deck of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas' Bamboo Pool sent clouds of black smoke billowing above the scene, causing a temporary closure of the Strip and a partial evacuation of the casino.

One out of every five dollars in the U.S. will be spent annually on health care by 2025. This staggering figure is being driven by increased access to health care, expanding treatments derived from biomedical technology and inflation.

Monkeying around with new designs will come to fruition for Philip and Mieko Markwart at the Made in Hawaii Festival next month. Their company, One by One Enterprises, has been a fixture on the local craft fair circuit for decades, and has served the couple as its primary source of income “for about 40 years,” Philip Markwart said.

A few months ago I asked my readers to share their stories about Matson’s Great White Fleet. Most talked about coming to Hawaii, seeing Diamond Head for the first time and being greeted with music and lei.

Marcus Mariota's latest sponsor, Nissan, handed him the keys to a shiny 2015 SUV Tuesday before a crowd of cheering employees at its North America headquarters in Franklin, Tenn.

It was a great question. Guys sitting at bars often ask the best ones. “Will you be calling the majority of the offensive plays?” Don Bailey’s answer was no. No, with a big however … “I will be calling ALL of the offensive plays,” clarified the University of Hawaii’s new offensive coordinator.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Thank Q Pocha and its menu of contemporary Korean fare. Red Stand also offers contemporary Korean fare, minus the alcohol component of the pocha, or bar.

Hawaii really does have its own genre of old-school, home-style cooking with Japanese-influenced themes. Recipes I’ve encountered from local cooks swap the cream of mushroom soup-laden casserole for soy sauce, furikake and kamaboko-style dishes.

The Boston Red Sox liked what Shane Victorino brought to Fenway Park so much they went looking for version 2.0. In one of those curious circuitous compliments in the bottom line business of baseball, that meant making way for the imagined new one Monday by trading the celebrated, prime-time-proven original.

Fatherhood hasn’t become an obstacle to fitness for Ky Vuong, 43, a personal trainer who hopes to compete again in NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” Vuong and wife Lorrie celebrated the arrival of Skylar eight months ago at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. It was a profound experience.

You likely heard about the predicted five to eight tropical cyclones expected to affect the Central Pacific region this year from June through November. This is almost double the annual average. So if you still haven’t prepared a natural disaster survival kit, now is a good time.

With a few strokes of a ceremonial pen last week in Nashville, Marcus Mariota became not only an official Tennessee Titan but one of Hawaii’s highest-salaried athletes.

If this is to be the last Pro Bowl in Aloha Stadium, the NFL apparently wants it to go out with a loud, full house. Two elements the game has struggled to maintain here lately.

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.

Everyone has a “fed-up factor,” the point where you are willing to say leaving town is the only option. Even in Honolulu.

“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 and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

Na Makua Original Hawaiian Designs founder Nelson Makua is an artist, designer, cancer survivor, former newspaper photographer for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and organizer of Hawaiian cultural craft events.

At one time the family of Curtis and Victoria Ward owned the land that included Kewalo Basin and the fishery that extended out to sea. Ownership changed in 1913, when the Hawaii territorial government purchased the fishery for the paltry sum of $1,800 under threat of condemnation.

NextEra Energy Inc. doesn’t need a lobbyist, a special adviser or another lawyer to snag Hawaiian Electric Industries; it needs a hearing aid. Gov. David Ige, in his most clear-cut explanation, this week told the big Florida-based power company that Hawaii was just not into it.

Amy Schumer, the baby-faced comedian with the potty mouth, wrote and stars in “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow.

To help celebrate its golden anniversary 50th Super Bowl and the players who have made the event what it has become, the NFL will pay homage to…Molokai High School?

Sour tastes are underrated, but when balanced well with sweet ingredients, the contrasts in flavor can be spectacular. Case in point: the German dishes sauerbraten and braised red cabbage.

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the loco moco has become an object of obsession over the past decade — to the Japanese. The height, breadth and girth of the dish, the audacity of layers of messy ingredients, the decadent pool of brown gravy topped with a fried-egg-yolk eye staring back at you, has runaway appeal.

The Oahu brewing scene is exploding. With four new breweries opening in the past 18 months and more in the works, Oahu is quickly (and finally) catching up to the brewing trends on the mainland.

The Mission Houses Museum and the Mission Social Hall and Cafe have collaborated on a monthly event, Mission Family Pau Hana, 5 to 7 p.m. every third Wednesday monthly, through December, on the museum grounds fronting the cafe. (This month’s gathering, however, is today.)

Wai, or fresh water, is the most important resource to sustain life. Clean, fresh water right from the tap is so precious that we need to do all we can to conserve it, use it wisely and keep it safe and clean.

As the Board of Regents prepares for an extensive review of the University of Hawaii athletic program, Regent Simeon Acoba Jr. would like some light shined into one of its most curious corners: coaching contracts.

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

It is just more than six months since David Ige took the oath of office as Hawaii’s eighth elected governor. A recent Hawaii Publishers Association breakfast at the Plaza Club served as an outline for Ige’s new thinking about the job.

As we enjoy these warm summer days and balmy nights, we might think that it is warmer because Earth is closer to the sun than in the winter. That would be common sense, but then common sense does not always do us well. In fact, on July 6 Earth was at its farthest from the sun, a condition called aphelion.

Ruby Makuch is not a typical handcrafter. Yes, she has her business and a day job as a manufacturer’s representative for the food service industry that has been her career for more than 30 years, but she also has a patent.

A couple of longtime Honolulu restaurants closed this month, and I thought I’d write about them and a few other restaurants that are now in our collective “rearview mirror.”

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