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COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                                Electric vehicles with an electric vehicle license plate affixed may use high-occupancy vehicle lanes regardless of how many people are in the car.

HOV lane requires 2 people at rush hour, with exceptions

COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                                Electric vehicles with an electric vehicle license plate affixed may use high-occupancy vehicle lanes regardless of how many people are in the car.

Updated on  December 8, 2016 at 10:29 pm
Question: I have some questions about the HOV lane on Kalanianaole Highway, if that’s what it’s called. Is the HOV for cars with a minimum of two people? Read More

Lee Cataluna

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                At an Aug. 12 press conference, Gov. David Ige announced that the State had reached an agreement with United Public Workers Union to proceed with Maui hospitals transition.

Ige nearly incoherent in defense of meddling

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                At an Aug. 12 press conference, Gov. David Ige announced that the State had reached an agreement with United Public Workers Union to proceed with Maui hospitals transition.

Updated on  December 9, 2016 at 6:40 am
So much for transparency. The windows are shut, the blinds are drawn and there are only fumbled denials when anyone knocks and ask questions. Read More

By Request

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                                Gluten-free mushroom gravy is thickened with mochiko.

No-gluten gravy uses thickener that beats flour

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                                Gluten-free mushroom gravy is thickened with mochiko.

Updated on  December 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm
When Thanksgiving rolled around, my gluten-sensitive friend Mary asked for stuffing and gravy made just for her, so she could enjoy the parts of the feast that she considers better than the turkey. Read More

TheBuzz

COURTESY TOWN
                                The creations of former Hawaii chef Bryan Nagao at his Hong Kong restaurant Town have drawn the attention of the Michelin guide for two years in a row.

Michelin lauds kamaaina chef abroad

COURTESY TOWN
                                The creations of former Hawaii chef Bryan Nagao at his Hong Kong restaurant Town have drawn the attention of the Michelin guide for two years in a row.

Updated on  November 30, 2016 at 5:34 am
It’s not every year that a Hawaii-grown chef is mentioned in a regional Michelin guide, but it has happened two years in a row for Bryan Nagao, whose Town restaurant in Hong Kong is cited amid the rarefied ink. Read More

In the Lineup

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                                They’re not rideable waves, but these gifts are sure to put a smile on your favorite surfer’s face this holiday season.

Best gifts for surfers offer memorable experiences

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                                They’re not rideable waves, but these gifts are sure to put a smile on your favorite surfer’s face this holiday season.

Updated on  December 4, 2016 at 9:57 am
Surfers are experientialists, so give your favorite wave rider something to look forward to, from a pass to go surfing on Christmas Day to a rental close to a favorite break. Read More

Incidental Lives

Determined youth quits his past to be a better man

The proof of Triston Sarte’s growth over the last couple of years comes not only in the positive steps he’s taken to better himself but also in hard truths he’s been willing to confront. Read More
Updated on  December 6, 2016 at 12:32 am

Ferd's Words

’Bows’ bad habit was on display for all to see

A few moments into his postgame press conference, coach Eran Ganot expressed heartfelt appreciation for the national TV exposure Tuesday night’s Pearl Harbor Invitational brought his University of Hawaii basketball team. Read More

Further Review

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2015
                                Shane Victorino is sitting by the phone waiting for a team to call him with an opportunity to play again.

Victorino waits for the phone to ring

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2015
                                Shane Victorino is sitting by the phone waiting for a team to call him with an opportunity to play again.

Updated on  December 9, 2016 at 11:29 pm
Shane Victorino is not what you’d call the retiring type. Read More

The Weekly Eater

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                                Eric Warner sprinkles seasonings onto his fried chicken at Foodland Farms at Ala Moana Center.

‘Grocerant’ a grazing pit stop for hungry holiday shoppers

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                                Eric Warner sprinkles seasonings onto his fried chicken at Foodland Farms at Ala Moana Center.

Updated on  December 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm
At Ala Moana Center, Foodland Farms’ “grocerant” format is an alternative to the food court in providing quick made-to-order edibles morning, noon and night. Read More

She Speaks

Giving thanks for most exceptional Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving took Star-Advertiser columnist Celia Downes to Virginia and New York this year, making for a holiday to truly cherish — plus a surprise. Read More

Barfly

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                                Longtime favorites like the Key Lime Pie Mortini, left, and classic Aviation cocktail remain on the menu at Morton’s The Steakhouse at Ala Moana Center after recent renovations to the restaurant.

Morton’s renovates look, retains signature cocktails

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Longtime favorites like the Key Lime Pie Mortini, left, and classic Aviation cocktail remain on the menu at Morton’s The Steakhouse at Ala Moana Center after recent renovations to the restaurant.

Updated on  December 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm
Morton’s The Steakhouse has updated its look at Ala Moana Center, yet the signature cocktails are as delicious as ever. Read More

On the Scene

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                                Philanthropist Douglas Ho.

On the Scene with Douglas K.T. Ho

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                                Philanthropist Douglas Ho.
Philanthropist Douglas K.T. Ho, 73, is a Vietnam War combat veteran and lifelong coin collector whose cherished memories include time spent hanging out with Muhammad Ali. Read More

fl(ASH)back

A November ‘beyond a lot of our imaginations’

Volcanic Ash

Isle GOP has only itself to blame for poor showing

With the Republican takeover of Washington, D.C., the local GOP is crying about Hawaii being out of step because of our all-Democratic congressional delegation. Yes, Hawaii would probably benefit from having a Republican voice on Capitol Hill, as the late U.S. Sen. Hiram Fong and former U.S. Rep. Pat Saiki once provided. Read More

On Politics

Gabbard’s meeting with Trump has tongues wagging, and local Democratic heads shaking

Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard started her November trip to New York’s Trump Tower as a rumored job interview and apparently ended it as an hour-long lecture on American foreign policyfor the president-elect. Read More
Updated on  December 4, 2016 at 12:19 am

Show Biz

DENNIS ODA / 2014
                                Karen Keawehawaii at the 37th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival in 2014.

KSSK posse’s ‘Madame Flower’ a hit with audiences

DENNIS ODA / 2014
                                Karen Keawehawaii at the 37th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival in 2014.

Updated on  December 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm
Karen Keawehawai‘i — a singer by trade — has become a magnet on KSSK’s live broadcasts, promotional treks to Las Vegas and ocean cruises. Read More