Tuesday, September 1, 2015         


Question: NextEra Energy is offering to buy Hawaiian Electric. Is there a law that prevents NextEra's customers in Florida from leaving the grid, even if they have solar power?

The local startup scene is usually a good barometer for the business environment, and I’m always encouraged by the creativity I see with young entrepreneurs.

First a warning: This column is going to use words I haven’t written, read or used in decades: “numerator and denominator.” The words come up because of questions raised by Hawaii’s well-publicized new law that is to make us the first 100 percent renewable energy state by 2045.

Question: Are the inmates who are out with work furlough passes required to have ankle monitor devices? If no, why not?

The Manoa skyline is higher than it has ever been before for the University of Hawaii women's volleyball team. With six players at 6 feet 3 and over, Dave Shoji has his tallest squad in 41 seasons as the Rainbow Wahine coach.

It boils down to a question of how much more of this poop we can take as we "flASHback" on August's news that amused and confused:

It is late morning in August, not the hottest day, but hot enough. The trees outside are still, no breeze. In the classroom, four ceiling fans try their best while a small platoon of underpowered floor fans blow the hot air around.

The immediate future of the Anuenue football team comes down to two injured players being cleared to play by their doctors.

In September we have a chance to catch all five of the naked-eye planets, even if the only one out during mid-evening is Saturn. We have a supermoon on Sept. 27-28, although we just miss the lunar eclipse that will go along with that moon for all of the Americas.

During her 30-plus-year career in the visitor industry, Marsha Wienert held high-profile jobs, including stints as executive director of the Maui Visitors Bureau, tourism liaison for former Gov. Linda Lingle and regional director of public relations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii.

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.

More information has been released regarding plans for the demolition of the former Riviera on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.

We must wait more than 15 months to pick a new president, but there is already reason for the Democrats to be smiling.

When Johnson Enos' updated "Honu by the Sea — The Musical" premieres Sept. 9 at the Hawaii Theatre, two new cast members will join the company.

Two South Korean movies — "Assassination" and "Veteran" — saved the domestic film industry this summer. "Assassination" broke the 10-million-tickets-sold milestone, which has been achieved by only a few other films.

The buzz surrounding "Moana," the animated story of a young Polynesian navigator from Walt Disney Studios, has focused on the star power involved, most notably Hollywood heavyweight Dwayne Johnson.

Alumni of Arkansas-Pine Bluff will be glad to see the Golden Lions are on the University of Hawaii men's basketball schedule this season for the fourth time in six years.

“A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage,” promised President Herbert Hoover during his 1928 bid for the nation’s top office. He guaranteed prosperity for all Americans, not just those who were flying high on the stock market the year before the Great Depression.

Lehua Kalima's recent "Island Music, Island Hearts" television special is now her latest DVD album. Kalima is seen performing in an intimate beachfront setting at Lanikuhonua in Ko Olina with Shawn Pimental, "Alika Boy" Kalauli IV and percussionist Jon Porlas.

The Kauai that Jacy Youn remembers is not the Kauai to which she returned. It’s a common feeling for those who grew up in a small town, made their mark in the city and then went back to give back.

Question: My son told me that there was a topless woman at Ala Moana Beach Park. They went up to her to tell her that it was not legal. She told them ... it was OK. Is this correct? There were children there.

Two big events are coming up for former police chief Lee Donohue and his family. The first is Tuesday night at 9 when Lee and Lucy Donohue's granddaughter Kim Williams, a 2002 Kamehameha and 2006 UH graduate, is featured on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" program.

One of the things I like about writing this column is that readers tell me stories about growing up and living in Hawaii, and introduce me to things I never knew.

Finding the juice to turn on the lights became a bit more complex this week after Gov. David Ige announced that using liquefied natural gas to generate electricity was a no-go with his administration.

One of the concerns when you turn over a Division I college basketball program to a 33-year-old with no head coaching experience is the extent of the learning curve.

We are heading into Norm Chow's fourth season as University of Hawaii football coach. Can this be the first to end with a winning record?

It has been 2-1/2 years since U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye died, and Hawaii has yet to come to terms with the loss. Not just the emotional loss — the mention of his name can still make die-hard Dems choke up — but the loss of his leadership (dictatorial though it was), his vision and his gravitas.

I was in Japan a couple of weeks ago, and as always I had to admire that nation's commitment to the raw egg. We are nervous about raw eggs here in the U.S., with good reason, but in Japan a bowl of hot rice with raw egg is a luxurious, creamy dish.

Preseason college football ratings might not mean a whole lot, but they do provide a revealing glimpse at perceptions.

As a good parent, you had the talks about sex, alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, etc., with your college-bound teenager. But did you have the tattoo talk? There is more to think about than just appearance issues.

Where's the ball? We've all said this countless times, right? With me, it's usually because I can't see a golf shot, or am hunting in the closet for a basketball I bought at McCully bike and haven't used in five years.

A friend of a friend of a friend placed a GoPro in a tide pool on Oahu’s North Shore. When he downloaded the footage, he saw eight adorable faces peering at the camera.

City Council Chairman Ernie Martin's appointment of Peter Boylan as the Council's housing coordinator is a worrisome sign that Council members intend to continue playing politics with Hawaii's homelessness crisis.

To what do I owe this largess? If I'm Art Briles, the Baylor football coach (though maybe not for much longer), that's my first question when Chris Petersen, then at Boise State, tells me he's got a Freshman All-American he wants me to take off his hands.

It's just after 6 a.m. and John Min is already in the car with the engine running. He calls his daughter's cellphone. "Are you ready?" She is, and she comes tumbling out of the house with her Mickey Mouse backpack in one hand and her cell in the other.

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.

Candidates for president pick their vice presidential running mates — you can’t run for vice president, you have to be asked.

"Taro farmers are my heroes. They maintain the cultural landscape, provide us with healthy food and live the values that make Hawaii unique. I wanted to be like them!”

With two box office champs taking pivotal roles in Disney's Oceania-themed, animated "Moana" film, anticipation is high for the Mouse House's first Polynesian princess.

When school starts Monday in the University of Hawaii system, there could be a future Oscar contender or an Emmy Award winner sitting in class. Many of the 646 creative media students already know how to work a camera and frame a scene. Some have already made a movie.

The Honolulu Museum of Art celebrates "Splendor and Serenity: Korean Ceramics From the Honolulu Museum of Art," which started Aug. 13 and continues through Nov. 8.

It is long-established routine at the conclusion of the University of Hawaii’s football practices that players crowd around a spot where the place-kickers engage in a field-goal duel.

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) continues to be a silent epidemic in the United States. It affects people of all walks of life, including military veterans, athletes and those injured at work or while driving.

The talents of more than two dozen musicians, vocalists and songwriters are found on this 16-song compilation album assembled by co-producers Michelle Aquino and Brandon Apeles for the dual purpose of showcasing local talent and raising money for the Surfrider Foundation.

Less than 10 miles from Oahu’s blinding high-rises and the thick, sour smells of the city, the Ka Iwi Coastline sits unspoiled and full of secrets.

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