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Kokua Line

Holiday traffic prompts restriction on lane closures

Question: Why does the state insist on continuing roadwork when everyone is rushing around during the holidays? Read More
Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Lee Cataluna

Aloha Airlines employees plan reunion to mark 10 years since shutdown

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm
In March, it will be 10 years since Aloha Airlines shut down. This is a story about a reunion being planned for Aloha employees, but also about how the soul of the airline has lived on past the company’s abrupt end. Read More

By Request

Library benefit cookbook celebrates old Waipahu

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
The Friends of Waipahu Public Library’s new cookbook mixes recipes with the memories of those who call Waipahu home. Read More


After 16 years of telling tales, 1 more for the road

Updated on  October 4, 2017 at 10:24 am
Ever since March 1, 2001, when I walked into the newsroom of the plucky Honolulu Star-Bulletin — it was two weeks away from its launch as a newspaper separate from the Honolulu Advertiser — I have felt lucky. Read More

In the Lineup

Surf-themed artwork restores the beauty of the season

Updated on  December 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm
“Winter Swell,” a show of surf-themed art by local surfers, is on view through Dec. 30 in the Hawaii State Art Museum shop that’s been re-conceived, under new ownership, as a gallery. Read More

Incidental Lives

Young chef taps budding cooking skill to nab prize

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm
When Kapolei resident Melveen Yoshihara had her kitchen renovated last year, she didn’t anticipate the effect the project would have on her 12-year-old son, Achilles, who took one glance at the shiny new cooking space and felt a stirring in his culinary soul. Read More

Ferd's Words

UH to fulfill Title IX musts by upgrading gyms, salaries

Before heading to the airport for her team’s game at Arizona today and Las Vegas next week, University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball coach Laura Beeman fastbreaked through a statement-making appearance before the school’s Board of Regents. Read More
Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Further Review

The journey to 26.2 miles begins with a single step

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 2:21 pm
It’s 4 a.m., and I am prone on that low wall that separates Ala Moana Beach Park from Ala Moana Boulevard. Read More

The Weekly Eater

Okinawan peanut tofu worth seeking out

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 5:36 pm
I love a good food movie but often leave the theater feeling hungry and something like unrequited love. It happens when the food starring in the film is unobtainable locally. That’s what I felt following last month’s Honolulu International Film Festival screening of “Jimami Tofu,” a love story about a humble chef and a snobby Tokyo-based food critic whose cold heart is thawed by a taste of home. Read More

She Speaks

Daughter born just before Christmas is gift that keeps on giving

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 7:18 pm
Thirty years ago on Christmas Day, I brought home a very special present: our firstborn child, a daughter. Read More

Halekulani introduces new Elijah Craig private bottling

Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 9:14 am
Some of the best gifts are those that come with a story attached. If you want to impress the whiskey geek in your life this Christmas, head to Waikiki for a taste of the Halekulani’s new private-label Elijah Craig bourbon. Read More

On the Scene

On the Scene with Sachi Braden

In September, Sachi Braden, 68, published her first book, “Being Japanese in America,” a bilingual “cross-cultural primer” on American society as seen by “a successful transplant.” Read More


Departures and arrivals made month memorable

Updated on  November 26, 2017 at 12:25 am
It’s the last Sunday of November and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Volcanic Ash

Officials hope dillydallying will resolve Natatorium

Updated on  December 17, 2017 at 7:10 am
I worry the city has taken literally his concept of wishful fantasy in deciding the fate of the crumbling Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. Read More

On Politics

Hawaii’s lackluster politics in 2017 should make for contentious elections in 2018

Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 7:37 pm
This year ends giving Hawaii’s politicians little assurance for smooth sailing into the 2018 elections. And even more worry for a public saying, “Is this all we get?” Read More

Show Biz

Ukulele virtuoso is keeping the magic of Christmas alive

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm
Hawaii’s supreme ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, is home for the holidays, splitting time between family and work. He headlines at the Blue Note Hawaii at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Read More