Monday, July 6, 2015         


Pineapples have been associated with Hawaii from the plantations to the fruit’s presence on tables at luaus. But the origin of bromeliaceous plants to which pineapples belong is intertwined with the story of the New World.

As the women of the United States and Japan face off in yet another huge soccer match it's a good time to look at the subject of rivalries.

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.

Here is the tentative timeline for the election of delegates, the convening of the ‘aha and the possible ratification vote of whatever documents are drafted at the ‘aha.

Volunteers blazing a trail to reorganize a sovereign indigenous government have been overshadowed in the headlines lately

It is time for neighbor island mayors to turn over their cards so voters can see what Mayors Alan Arakawa, Billy Kenoi and Bernard Carvalho Jr. are holding.

Thermonuclear reactions deep in the sun’s interior generate the same amount of energy as 2.5 billion 500-megawatt generators, the largest on Earth. In one second the sun produces enough energy to power New York for 100 years.

Q: I think I got a scam call from the number 202-697-9197. It was supposed to be a call from the IRS in Washington, D.C., saying this was the final notice about a criminal lawsuit against me. Have other people had calls like this?

We've seen this before, haven't we? A trend has developed of very successful Hawaii high school coaches being pushed out without a whole lot of logical explanation.

A bold claim of having “the most elegant sea glass jewelry in the world” is on a sign outside the Full Fathom Five shop in Kahuku. Not being a world traveler and therefore lacking the requisite frame of reference, your columnist’s jaw dropped in agreement anyway.

The Honolulu Quarterback Club is celebrating its 69th anniversary this year. It meets Mondays for lunch at Maple Garden restaurant in Moiliili and is open to the public.

There is a pattern developing. This year, two federal judges and the state Supreme Court have been asked to dial back the neighbor islanders. The judges said no to county voters on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island.

Q: I was walking around Kapiolani Park recently and saw a monument in the sidewalk. I was just wondering about the history of this kind of monument. Do you have any information? • Mahalo to ambulance driver, police officers

Of all the bills enacted in a legislative career spanning parts of five decades, the late Hawaii Congresswoman Patsy Mink liked to speak of one especially close to her heart.

In a letter dated June 3, 2015, Kalaheo High School principal Susan Hummel and athletic director Mark Brilhante basically put varsity boys basketball coach Alika Smith on notice.

Summer is time for barbecues, but not everyone has the luxury of a backyard when cravings hit. Given the advancing influx of high-rises in the Ward/Kakaako environs, Billy’s Killer Southern BBQ seems well placed.

Traveling with my family means breakfast in the hotel room. It saves money, time and bother. In Tokyo on a recent vacation, my husband and I followed tradition, shopping each evening for tidbits to set aside for morning.

On hot summer days, instead of turning on the air conditioner, cool down with something refreshing under a shady tree. Landscaping can be effective in keeping your home cool.

My wife, Cheryle, and I just returned from a weeklong trip to California wine country, and we were reminded of some great wines that over-deliver on quality for the dollar.

Beginning Wednesday the University of Hawaii athletic department turns a pricey page on its financial ledger. In short order no longer will it be simultaneously paying two athletic directors, carrying the fiscal burden of three men’s basketball head coaches and four assistants.

The newspaper picture shows a former University of Hawaii baseball player congratulating another ex-Rainbow at home plate following a pinch-hit home run in a major league game. How cool is that?

How much further do the protests atop Mauna Kea have to go before Hawaii's reputation as a location for serious science has been ruined?

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 tackle, please email it to and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

The waiter bows reverently to his famous guest and then pulls out a notepad to jot down the lunch order. But after the guest orders a small bowl of vegetables and chicken the waiter remains poised for more.

The story of how a clock tower, donated by a Lions Club from Japan in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, came to be in the midst of the Hawaii Capital Historic District begins with Robert “Bob” Nakamura, the founding president of the Pearl Harbor Lions Club.

The telephone rang often at the Kailua home of Howard Kruse in recent weeks. Men and women representing decades of University of Hawaii basketball called to bid aloha to a man who had shown many of them the meaning of the word.

It has been more than a few years since you saw this movie, but it is playing again at City Hall. It is Number One against Number Two in a fight to run Honolulu Hale.

The goodies handmade in Ko Bakery’s Kauai kitchens can be found all over the Garden Isle, and with a little effort, on the other major islands. “We only do very premium, excellent products; our brand is all about that,” said S. Morris Wise, a partner in the four-member business.

OK, I admit it. I blow it on occasion. I get some part of the story wrong. For instance, last week I wrote about the Pawaa Theatre and the Mickey Mouse Club weekend matinees for kids.

Honorary India Consul General Sheila Watumull rushed to see "Jurassic World" as soon as it was released because she has a special connection to the Steven Spielberg movie starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard,daughter of filmmaker Ron Howard.

Q: What is the status of the Leeward Bikeway? • Q: I recall that the Legislature was considering a law to make residential homes legal ohanas, as one remedy for the housing shortage in the islands. Is that now legal?

We’re at that point on the calendar when major college athletic programs eagerly await cashing their biggest checks of the year.

If I were more selfish, I’d want Pete Rose to never get into the Hall of Fame. Why? Because for those of us who share opinions about sports for a living, Rose not in the HOF is pure gold.

Lately I’ve come across too many restaurant accidents waiting to happen not to take preventive measures. I don’t tell them who I am, so as far as they’re concerned, I’m just an opinionated customer. I think more people should do the same.

I found myself asking why I can easily fork over $6 a pound for lychee but wince when watermelon, less than $1 a pound, rings up to $20. If you think about it, any sweet you can possibly buy would convert to an extraordinary amount per pound, but we still want watermelon to be dirt cheap during the summer.

Plan a day at Kapiolani Park Bandstand to enjoy the 45th Annual Ukulele Festival, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19. Superstars Jake Shimabukuro and Willie K lead the lineup.

A lot of people are quick to rip Kansas City fans for the preponderance of Royals (seven) currently leading in the balloting for the American League All-Star team.

Gripping an 8-pound dumbbell in each hand, Richard Fassler sank into a deep squat, hips well below knees, and popped back up. It looked painful, but Fassler, a youthful, wiry, 73-year-old retired economist, breezed through his reps, then danced in place, demonstrating some boxing moves he’d taught himself.

The transition from childhood to adolescence brings with it many challenges. Hormonal changes along with rapid growth place new demands on both calorie and nutrient needs.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1996, the NBA came up with a list of what were supposedly its 50 greatest players of all time. There were several head-scratching omissions, but I'm focusing on the most blatant one today: Dominique Wilkins.

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 tackle, please email it to business@star­ and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

Early in the 31-year existence of the Maui Invitational, the University of Hawaii tended to look upon the event more as a clump of crabgrass in its backyard than as an opportunity.

Q: I have a complaint about two police officers hired by Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery for traffic control on Memorial Day. The two officers just stood and talked the entire time, oblivious to what was happening. When police are hired for traffic control and do nothing, what should be done?

If you’re open-minded, you might be conflicted on a lot of issues right now, sports and otherwise. Locally and nationally. GMO. TMT. Should LBJ have been MVP?

To speak with Kauai Carver’s Keoni Durant is to get involved in discussion about Hawaiian spirituality. Before he says anything about his fine jewelry designs in silver and gold, or his carvings and natural-edged bowls of indigenous Hawaiian woods, he talks about his elders, his ancestors, the land, reconnection and spiritual motivations that fuel his work.

A few months ago I wrote about John Weiser, founder of easy-listening radio station KUMU, who came to Hawaii in 1957 to swim with coach Soichi Sakamoto at the Natatorium. My article on Matson caused Weiser to tell me about his first day in Hawaii.

Hawaii has gone from the full-throated roar of National Guard helicopters swooping over homes searching for illegal marijuana plants to an ambivalent shrug at the thought of a neighbor puffing a small amount of the same prohibited weed.

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