Monday, April 21, 2014         


New York Times reporter Karen Crouse swears Michelle Wie has changed, says so over a Sunday brunch at the Masters.

One of the most satisfying moments in a sailor's life is tying the boat to a safe mooring in a calm harbor after a long period at sea. Even a day after arriving here at Niue (pronounced NEW-ay), Craig and I are still high-fiving.

QUESTION: Wasn't the boat ramp for the public in Ko Olina supposed to have been built by the end of 2013? I also heard that the Phoenician boat ramp at Kalaeloa is not free -- there is a fee for using it. Is this true?

E Noa Tour Corp. is marking its 40th anniversary by doing what it does each day, "sharing the aloha spirit of our islands and our people; that is our mission statement," said President Maki Kuroda.

Question: What plants can we grow to help save our native Kamehameha butterfly, or pulelehua, for our moopuna (future generations)? It's so pretty and becoming rare. — MK, Kalihi

Korean celebrity Ricky Kim ("Law of the Jungle," "Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2," "Jejungwon" and "On Air"), who spent time growing up in Hawaii, has started a new reality program on SBS titled "Oh My Baby."

Given America's insatiable appetite for everything related to food, from reality cooking shows to the social media obsession of making each meal a photo op, the idea of creating a new food program on TV is daunting, to say the least.

Deedee Magno Hall, a Los Angeles-based singer-actress who is the wife of homegrown Broadway actor Cliffton Hall, will join the cast of Johnson Enos' "Honu by the Sea" when the show participates in a Capitol Hill Ocean Week celebration in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Moments following the greatest bogey of her career, Michelle Wie was doused with champagne. As she walked off the 18th green toward the scorer's tent, it was hard to tell if she was wiping a tear or a drop of bubbly from under her eye.

The bungled rollout of Obamacare is a lesson on why so many people are leery of expanding government: It does big projects poorly and then runs from accountability.

Lanai resident Larry Endrina shares his love of his family and home island with this collection of 14 Hawaiian and hapa-haole songs.

The last time U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa saw the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, it was when Hawaii's senior senator seriously started to plan the nuts and bolts of his succession.

With that brief introduction, Michael Gilbert sums up his Outdoor Photography: Light, Composition & Gesture class: The key to photography is not mastering sophisticated equipment; it's being aware of your surroundings and responding to them.

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.

Red Rock Resort on the far west side of town is getting a makeover. Already one of the swankiest of the "locals casinos," the $35 million renovation will concentrate on restaurants, suites and the spa.

It will be a big challenge for Michelle Wie to seal the deal Saturday. But her station near the top of the LPGA Lotte Championship leaderboard may have already helped complete a big one for the tournament itself.

Not all health providers accept Medicare insurance, the federal program for seniors. The vast majority of those who do are completely ethical and bill as accurately as possible for services rendered.

One of the greatest quests of the new physics has been to reconcile quantum theory with general relativity. This situation parallels that of 17th-century scientists who were trying to reconcile the way things fell on Earth with the greater motions of the planets.

First the disclaimers. Watch out for Cristie Kerr. Bogey-free 6 under par on Thursday. Top 10 in her past three events. She's got 16 career wins and she's tied for third just two strokes off the lead.

Question: Regarding the condition of the restrooms at Hawaii State Library addressed in Kokua Line -- is.gd/tWLDOv: Why can't they be locked with keys available upon request? "Questionable" patrons can be accompanied by a security guard. Everyone is entitled to use a public restroom, but no one should be allowed to misuse it.

Something of a political fight is being waged over the state's $12 billion operating budget. This is not unusual — there never is enough money to close the state's open palms, and this is certainly the time of the year when state budget decisions are made.

An Iolani Palace outside Hawaii? I was looking through old photos of Iolani Palace in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser archives a few years ago, and one stunned me — it showed snow falling around the palace.

The Hawaii Youth Symphony, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has received a well-deserved Na Hoku Hanohano award nomination for its "He Makana O Na Mele" concert album.

The "Field of Dreams" quotation, "If you build it, they will come," does not apply to all entrepreneurs who have what they believe to be great ideas for products consumers will love.

It's not a novelty flavor of the day kind of thing that kim chee is available at the players' lunch buffet here at the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club. It's a staple for a large portion of the field.

Question: Whatever happened to the case of a Hilo woman whose decomposed remains were found three years ago in a former sugar cane field in Hamakua?

Question: In a 2010 column -- is.gd/ndhT1D -- you stated, "You can buy a lottery ticket in another state and if you win, you can keep the prize even if you're back home in Hawaii."

There was the beach and the local food last week, and Saturday night there's a Ping-Pong tournament for charity. In the middle of it, Michelle Wie will find time to play some golf.

Question: What is the law regarding the caging and keeping of roosters in a residential neighborhood?

A Japanese company with more than 200 restaurants in Japan and more than 20 in China is building its first U.S. venture in Hawaii — specifically at Koko Marina Center.

We never had peanut butter coffee cake in any of the school cafeterias in any of the three institutions of my public school career. I want my money back.

The first time I visited Nagomi Teppan restaurant in early January, it was a work in progress. The dining room was finished but the lounge was still under construction. So I made plans to return when the work was expected to be complete, in three weeks time.

Traditionally, painted eggs were given during Easter to celebrate spring because they signify rebirth and fertility. We continue the tradition today with egg dyeing.

For the first three days, even the crowds had thinned out like a Dodgers game in the seventh inning, but on Sunday, Amen Corner was filled with souls jostling for position among the pines.

Can somebody here beat Cal Poly, please? If you have followed the University of Hawaii's fortunes since joining the Big West Conference especially, you might have begun to wonder.

To see as Rachel Handlin sees is to be ever present, ever engaged in the emergent moment.

Question: On Pali Highway, there's a drive-off to a lookout where you can see the Honolulu Memorial Park pagoda. A lot of old building material and other stuff has been thrown over the side. Can you kindly inform whoever takes care of this area?

The Los Angeles Times reported on Abercrombie's recollections of the death of Hawaii's senior Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, and the passing of a letter from Inouye to Abercrombie asking that U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa be appointed to replace him in the Senate.

Question: The grass and bushes along the road around Waimea Bay and Sharks Cove block some of the best views in the world.

We're sailing from Tahiti to Niue, a tiny island country of about 2,000 people. Craig and I have been at sea on our 37-foot sailboat for more than a week now, sailing in brisk 20 to 25 mph southeast tradewinds.

Down by one coming off the 11th green, Jordan Spieth stepped up to the 12th tee and promptly hit his iron on the steep bank just short of the front of the green and watched the ball trickle down into the water.

Some University of Hawaii baseball fans have understandably lost their sense of humor with the home team dropping six consecutive conference games in its own park the past two weekends. The catcalls were scattered but loud toward the end of the latest defeat Sunday.

Former restaurateur, food writer and commercial real estate broker Jo McGarry has created a new business using all the skills she's developed along the way.

Michael Buck began clearing the backyard of his Wai­ma­nalo home a few decades ago and found one surprise after another.

Author Bill McKibben calls himself an unlikely activist. McKibben, 53, of Vermont, would rather stay home and watch bees make honey than burn up jet fuel traveling around the world to build a climate movement.

The new wraparound season on the PGA Tour has produced only two multiple winners in 21 official events, and their names aren't Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson.

With the release of "Hawai‘i Keawe (Music For the Hawaiian Islands Vol. 1)," Kuana Torres Kahele embarks on a musical project that is almost unprecedented in Hawaiian music.

Attempts by gay rights activists and atheists to unseat Don Horner from the Board of Education because he's a volunteer Bible teacher with New Hope Diamond Head are an outrageous display of religious bigotry.

Illinois is moving to commit $100 million to lure the Obama presidential library to Chicago; should Hawaii try to keep up?
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