Friday, February 27, 2015         


Q: I have heard there are labyrinths in Hawaii, including at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Can you tell me where they are and why they were built? A: The Labyrinth Society lists 22 in Hawaii, including "portable" ones.

Negus Webster-Chan is a very funny guy. But his coach, Benjy Taylor, was much more amused with the small forward’s 20 points as Hawaii beat Long Beach State 78-59 on Thursday night than he was by the sharpshooter’s latest gag at the shoot-around earlier in the day.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann remembers how he would advise his Cabinet members during contentious meetings: "Save your drama for your momma."

Seeing Hawaii through someone else's eyes can be enlightening, and Michal Abramovitz makes it easy by transferring her original artwork to practical items you can wear, carry with you or collect, in various forms.

Which organization was founded by an orphan who grew up feeling she was stupid and ugly? The answer is Winners' Camp Foundation at the Hawaii Leadership Academy. It provides weeklong programs for Hawaii teens at its facilities atop Kame­hame Ridge in Hawaii Kai.

Q: We have not noticed any roadwork going on, no resurfacing, repaving or repairs on Beretania Street, from University Avenue to South Street. Nothing has been done and the road is awful. What about finishing Beretania -- or even starting work on it?

Larry Little first set foot in Hawaii as coach of the Centenary Gentlemen, but not even a subsequent courtside seat to the most turbulent period in University of Hawaii athletics as the Rainbow Warriors’ basketball coach ever changed the gentleman part.

Question: Who did Neil Abercrombie pardon before leaving as governor? Answer: During his four-year term, the former governor issued pardons to 83 people, most of them in his last year in office.

Abraham Elimimian told me those words 10 years ago, nearly to the day. He had just completed his University of Hawaii football career and was preparing for the NFL scouting combine.

The new year is already shaping up to be like the last, with the trending of the Japanese restaurant. Rijo has opened in the long-shuttered Palomino space in downtown Honolulu, and elsewhere there's teppanyaki for the high-earner crowd.

A recipe with an ingredient list a mile long and multilayered preparations does not scare me. I can spend a good portion of the day on a cake that makes sweet promises.

Question: In early February someone spilled what seemed to be at least five gallons of white paint on Manoa Road just before the tip of Triangle Park.

When Paul Turnbull places hand over heart and recites the Oath of Allegiance before Judge Leslie Koba­ya­shi in U.S. District Court on Tuesday morning, he will do so as a well-considered first act of civic responsibility to his adopted home.

Gentlemen, start your machinations. If Marcus Mariota's breeze through the NFL Combine this past week did anything, it opened up rather than limited the possibilities of where the former Oregon quarterback could land when the NFL Draft runs its course.

The 2016 race for mayor of Honolulu starts this morning in Foster Botanical Garden. That is the location where at 8 a.m., Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is expected to give his State of the City address framing his upcoming year in office.

Described by some as the third wave of the Internet, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology movement to enable network connectivity to devices, from household items such as light bulbs and televisions, to industrial equipment such as warehouse pallets and water pump sensors, to municipalities such as bus stop signs and parking meters. As these products are rushed to market, security features are often delayed or ignored.

About every five years, the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services revise their dietary guidelines for Americans. The document affects everything from school lunch decisions to health advice from your doctor.

Question: Can you find out why the Makapuu Trail parking lot gate was closed and locked two out of the three days over the Presidents Day holiday weekend? Only on Presidents Day, Monday, was the parking accessible.

For Hawaii sports fans around my age, the name Al "Eki" Espinda is mostly associated with Farrington football. But with Espinda's death last week at age 78, his classmate Paul Wysgard reminds us that Espinda was also an outstanding all-around athlete.

During my current road trip from Seattle to San Francisco, I stopped in this picturesque town at the mouth of the Columbia River to watch the cargo ships, trawlers and recreational boats I had glimpsed while crossing the river's 4-mile bridge.

She covered the Legislature as a reporter, but now former TV news reporter and anchor Jill Kura­moto will be on the other side of the phone calls, cameras and microphones in her new role as Senate communications director.

On an evening where it needed every encouraging shriek from the season-high 1,989 sixth men and sixth little girls in the Stan Sheriff Center stands, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team also got a huge lift from the most unlikely of benchies.

The ill will Gov. David Ige generated by naming Castle and Cooke lobbyist Carleton Ching to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources is compounded by his adamant refusal to explain his rationale for turning over state lands — our precious jewels — to a guy known for making bling.

Throughout March, look for Venus shining brilliantly in the western sky in the early evening hours. Meanwhile Jupiter, the second-brightest sky dot after Venus, rises in the east and shines down from the sky until the early morning hours.

What is a winning University of Hawaii football team worth? And would you pay for it? Jeff Portnoy, UH regent, attorney and UH basketball commentator, recently mulled that over in a blog in this paper.

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.

Colin Hazama remembers making faces when he was handed the children's menu at restaurants; even as a young boy, he had a sophisticated palate. "I wanted to order things off the adult menu that most kids my age wouldn't eat," he said.

One of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas, the Riviera, has been sold, but not to another casino operator. In a move that seemed to catch everyone by surprise, the casino was sold to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for $182.5 million

Four Hawaii actors — plus one backstager with creative input — will be featured in the latest revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," which will begin preview performances March 3 en route to its April 16 premiere at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York.

Finding your "Seoul" mate is already difficult, but with wedding costs skyrocketing to a new high, marriage is becoming out of reach for many.

When he decided to tell the story of Tyke, the circus elephant that rampaged through Honolulu in 1994, documentary filmmaker Stefan Moore knew the collective memory of that event was overwhelmingly negative.

Job interviews can be torturous events even at entry-level positions. Now, imagine auditioning for one when the stakes are a $12 million to $20 million contract, which is, in essence, what Marcus Mariota is doing at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis

I recently had an opportunity to visit a fledgling, yet remarkably successful, Waldorf School and biodynamic farm in Pokhara, Nepal. Biodynamic farming is founded on the principle that bringing vitality to the soil causes plants to thrive and nourishes people and animals living on the land.

QUESTION: I'm a senior. I don't have a computer. I don't have the instruction book for the 1040A or Schedule A and B that I need to begin my income taxes. I can't find any place on this island that has the booklets or forms for us to use.

Travis Kimura almost didn't have a choice but to become a crafter. From his days as an infant in the 1980s, he would be at his mother's and his auntie's craft fair booths and just grew up around handmade items.

My column last week on watermen "Dad" Center and Alexander Hume Ford prompted Donna L. Ching to write to me. "I am working on a documentary film focusing on the swimming and ocean sports history of the Natatorium."

Sometimes you just have to appreciate the symmetry.

Question: I am a retired serviceman who is rated 100 percent disabled by the Veterans Administration. I had to go to the federal building, but found there are no disabled parking stalls assigned there. Why?

As a point guard at Cal State San Bernardino in the early 1990s Laura Beeman set several school season and career records for assists.

Jasmine was first. Jeremy came an hour later. Twins, born to Matt and Doris Ioane 23 years ago today at The Queen's Medical Center.

Question: When is the completion date for the new airport rental car building? What is the total cost to taxpayers for the work going on at Honolulu Airport?

The scent of doughnuts wafts through the garage at Chinatown Cultural Plaza. It's been that way since Regal Bakery moved in, offering its familiar mix of local plate lunches and cake doughnuts.

It's been a good season for lilikoi, judging from the bags of fruit I've been given in the last couple of months by my suppliers, who at this time of year are my very best friends.

One of the most important dishes served on Chinese New Year is fish. Any fish — snapper, mullet, bass — will suffice as long as it is served whole. Whole fish symbolize unity and completeness.

The current big trend has everyone seeking locally made products. It doesn't matter whether it's produce or a craft, sought by locals or tourists — the goal is finding things made right here in Hawaii. Beer is no exception. But what actually makes a beer local?

New and unique products that are locally made — and the people who make them — are being sought for the annual Made in Hawaii Festival this summer.

Question: Are there any rules/ordinances regarding boats and cars parked on streets, especially in residential areas? We live in Mililani, and both sides of the street are full of cars and boats. It's hard to drive in and out of a two-lane road.

When the University of Hawaii women's basketball team chose to open its season with a Colorado road swing in November, the schedule was viewed as challenging. And when the Rainbow Wahine followed it up with games against three nationally ranked teams, it looked ambitious.

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