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Question: Is it true that people who are registered to vote are more likely to be chosen for jury duty? This is a widespread belief and the reason for the low voting record.

Brian Derby expects big things from one of the recent alumni of his popular youth and high school football lineman camp.

Howard Dashefsky will make his return to KHON-TV as anchor of the 9 p.m. weekday newscast that will debut on Monday, Sept. 8.

When I moved back to Honolulu from Kailua a decade ago, I complained about the dearth of breakfast nooks — save for old-fashioned pancake houses — on this side of the island.

In Saturday the Board of Water Supply's Halawa Xeriscape Garden will celebrate its 25th anniversary honoring those who helped in the development and maintenance of the garden.

If California strawberries that stay in California are as good as residents claim, mangoes in Hawaii definitely rival that legend. The sweet and perfectly tender varieties grown on our island seem to dwarf those that are shipped in, still green and well packaged.

Question: I just got my absentee ballot for the primary election. There was a note that said I must choose a political party to which I belong, and once I choose a party, I cannot vote for any candidate outside that party or my vote will be voided. When was this ridiculous law passed?

When Kekoa James was weighing options for his Eagle Scout project, he could easily have opted for something low-key, low-fuss, and -- as far as such things are possible -- low-stress.

Sacking an Ohio State quarterback in front of 104,719 predominantly scarlet and gray partisans at the Horseshoe remains a moment of considerable pride for Quinlinn Ka'uakeanihinawelau Onapaliulioke Koolau Adolpho.

YouTube has become an indispensable marketing vehicle for businesses of every size. That means to keep your enterprise in front of potential customers, making videos is a necessity. Shooting video is straightforward, but the editing part takes practice, time and the right tools.

When political races get close in Hawaii, the big question turns to how the neighbor islands will vote. Oahu may have the most voters, but if candidates are running even in Honolulu, then the balance can tip with the decisions of folks on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island.


Question: Regarding Gov. Neil Abercrombie's campaign commercial in which he plays a taxicab driver: Even though it is a commercial, aren't the governor and his passengers supposed to buckle up? It's the law.

Big Island resident Michelle Chow emailed last week about an injury she suffered while surfing.

It was two years ago this month when Tom Apple — during his first week on the job as University of Hawaii Manoa chancellor — was trotted out in front of reporters to talk about something that had gone terribly awry.

A new local foundation seeks to bring accountability to nonprofits and assurances to donors. Hawaii VA Loans President and founder Gabe Amey has established the Hawaii VA Foundation to better manage the new format of his 3-year-old fundraising efforts.

With the election less than two weeks away, candidates are getting in their final licks and so shall we in our "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused:

There are several remarkable sky events in August, including gatherings of Jupiter with Venus in the morning sky and of Mars and Saturn in the evening. We also have the return of the Perseids, one of the most reliable meteor shows.

It's too bad for Hawaii the college sports world doesn't revolve around women's volleyball instead of football and men's basketball. The University of Hawaii would be doing fine.

When the state film office asked lawmakers in 2012 for money to repair the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, the request came with a stark admonishment: In its condition at the time, the facility was "an embarrassment to Hawaii's film industry and a liability to the state."

It's peak summer travel season and recently I have been flooded with emails asking where to go for "real good Korean food" in Korea. When I visit Korea, my friends or relatives will take me to restaurants in hotels, as they are deemed high quality and more expensive than other places.


The classic Society of Seven, the ensemble co-founded and shepherded by Tony Ruivivar and Bert Sagum for decades, will reunite in yet another reincarnation ofold memories and new thrills in a two-show, one-night stand Oct. 25 at the Hibiscus Ballroom of the Ala Moana Hotel.

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.

Who knew that Gov. Neil Abercrombie driving a hack would be the big issue of the 2014 political season?

When something piques Laryssa Kwoczak's interest, she makes a beeline for it. So it was in the fall of 2010 when she attended a festival for an urban farm in Philadelphia that had hives on the roof of a garage.

After a month of unconfirmed reports, it's now official that the LVH, just off the north end of the Strip, has been sold to Westgate Resorts for an amount in the range of $150 million to $170 million.

Even now, more than 50 years and thousands of surfboards later, Randy Rarick vividly recalls his first wide-eyed steps into a Kakaako surf shop.

The sight of a beggar, paralyzed from the waist down by polio, dragging himself through the muddy streets of India is a memory not easily forgotten. Yet, there is a world of difference between an impoverished society and a fractured nation.

If you insist on walking into an actual polling booth for this primary election, Monday is your first chance, as that's when absentee voting starts. If you are a permanent absentee voter, your ballot should be on your kitchen table ready to fill out.

Question: When and where can the absentee ballots be dropped off? I know the ballot can be mailed in the prepaid postage envelope provided, but I do not like the idea of having my signature, name and address on the outside of the envelope for whoever to see. Why can't the signature part be on the inside yellow envelope?

OK, everybody. Spread out. Norm Chow says that's what the University of Hawaii football team's offense will do this fall. The initial reaction is to rant and rave and say he never should have bunched up and tried to play smashmouth in the first place.

Most of us have flown in and out of Honolulu Airport many times. But we probably didn't see Frank Sinatra, Harrison Ford, Greg Norman, the Rolling Stones, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter or Prince Philip passing through because they came in the back door.

Hula dancer Manu Bentley, who danced at Don the Beachcomber, Hotel Lexington in New York and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room, received a call from actor Robert Wagner on Saturday wishing her a happy 84th birthday.

The biggest stage at Paramount Studios in Hollywood wasn't reserved for shooting a movie Wednesday. But if it had been, it could have been titled "The Amazing Marcus Mariota."

Question: Why does the Board of Water Supply require my driver's license upon entering just to pay a simple bill? I went to their office to pay my bill and was told that I needed to show a photo ID.

When will the striping on the H-1 freeway between Kahala and First Avenue be clearly marked? Especially during the evening time, it is difficult to distinguish the lines for each lane as you're driving. I believe an accident will occur because of this.

How does a college basketball coach get a three-year contract extension when his program is under NCAA investigation — a probe that has been ongoing for nearly four months now?

The world gives us many great food combinations: peanut butter and chocolate, sea salt and caramel, furikake and popcorn.

Pickling is one of the oldest methods of food preservation; traditionally, seasonal foods and foods limited in availability were pickled using a combination of vinegar, salt, sugar and spices.

They came with their picnic baskets and tables and chairs and linens, congregating in the parking lot of Iolani Palace for the inaugural Diner en Blanc Hono­lulu event Saturday.

Whether you are a beer expert or a beginner, there is no better way to sample a wide variety of beers than at a beer festival. In recent years, beer festivals have exploded across the country, and Hawaii has a number of great events each year.

Many pause at the door to review menu options first; nevertheless, a steady stream of customers walks through the door at Pepper's Place in Kai­lua Shopping Center.

Loved your insightful-as-usual annual state-of-the-Big 12 address at Monday's media day in Dallas -- right up until the point where you reached into your golf bag, took out the Big Bertha driver and started whacking the NCAA enforcement gumshoes about the head with it.

I live one block from a bus stop where the two airport buses, the Nos. 19 and 20, stop. You would think it would service residents who want to get to the airport without paying a lot for a taxi or shuttle.


People often tell us that figuring out how to eat a healthful diet has become very confusing. Worldwide, different cultures have evolved a wide variety of different styles of eating that support good health.

Credit that chewy little koan to Kelly Park, who recently bid “ahn nyeong hee ga se yo” to a postgraduate gig in her native South Korea to return to the University of Hawaii to further her studies in economics.

By all accounts, the use of smartphones for everyday computing tasks has already overtaken that off traditional computers. This trend is only going to continue.

When he was in the state Senate, Ben Cayetano introduced legislation to abolish the office of lieutenant governor, saying it was useless. And that was back when the office had more duties than presiding over name changes.


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