I had been away from the islands for years, physically and in thought. As with many a young adult, new adventures had loosened birthplace ties, but through East Coast-West Coast sojourns, Hawaii still counted as home.
Twenty years is a long time to take to acknowledge that people who are gay have the same right to legally marry as people who are straight. With the state Senate's final approval of a bill Tuesday and with the governor's quick signature, Hawaii has said yes to equality and though passage of similar anti-discrimination bills had started and stuttered through two decades, the effort was easy.
There are lists that spark envy, such as the best-dressed people in Hollywood, the richest men and women in the world, and the most luxurious hotel suites — which most regular people could never afford, even without the sliding scale of resort fees.
Here's how it went. You picked up the handset as your teenage circle gathered 'round. You dialed, literally, using the holes to rotate the wheel on the face of the chunky, black device. The numbers were chosen at random.
As politicians in Washington draw lines in the plush carpets of Capitol Hill, belch illogical notions of nationwide economic collapse and crank theatrics on a near-empty Senate floor, they forget that the essential reason for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is to give millions of Americans a chance to buy medical insurance to fit their needs and financial circumstances.
Three years back, the state Legislature considered a measure that would have wrested control of development in Kakaako from the Hawaii Community Development Authority and transferred it to the city and state.
When Honolulu was a less populated place, the general rule for behavior on the road was to assume that the driver you encountered in an irksome situation was somebody — a guy who worked at the shop your uncle ran, a woman whose daughter went to high school with you or a neighbor from down the street on the next block.
Common sense and decency appear to have reined in the exploitive calculations of Juror B37, her lawyer husband and her publisher as they announced they have scrubbed plans for a book about the trial of George Zimmerman whose fate she helped decide.
Lawrence Ellison, the Oracle founder whose 2012 compensation topped the list of well-paid CEOs in research conducted for The New York Times’ Sunday business pages, would be one of the few who might consider a $9 million condo affordable.
Through the hotel window overlooking the Herengracht, one of Amsterdam's famous canals, early morning came alive with a daily rustle from residents sweeping and scrubbing steps and sidewalks while business owners swabbed storefront windows and scoured the pavement before opening doors to customers.
Scott Caan need not apologize. The “Hawaii Five-0” actor doesn’t have to enjoy living in Hawaii for the few months or so that he’s stationed here to film the TV series, even if the location is key to the show and the show key to his getting a paycheck.
Media critics knocked television coverage of the 57th Presidential Inauguration when broadcasters concurred with what Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander noted as the “peaceful, orderly way” through which the nation transfers or reaffirms its leadership every four years.
Even when sitting, Mufi Hannemann’s height is evident. His knees barely fit under the table he was sharing with his brother Nephi as the two men waited for their orders of vegetarian chili and other fare at Zippy’s in Kaimuki.
Everyone acknowledges that the plan to massively expand the Turtle Bay Resort to 625 hotel rooms and 750 residences will massively expand the number of minivans, SUVs, convertibles and all variety of motorized vehicles traveling to, from and through the region on its one and only narrow coastal road.
Oh, for heaven’s sake. Just after an all-consuming election had ended, just as politicos had their heads between their knees, taking deep breaths after screen-sifting furiously through the debris of ballot boxes, when — ta-da — a sex scandal surfaces to divert national attention from serious matters at hand.
Sandy brought widespread destruction to the country at a time when political campaigns had grown as tumultuous as the rain, flooding, snow and wind the superstorm hurled across the Eastern Seaboard and points west.