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Kokua Line

Beware spike in tax scams as new filing season begins

Question: I got a phone call saying that the IRS is building a case against me and to call back immediately. This is the first I am hearing of it. Should I call back? Read More

Lee Cataluna

College student aims to establish local music program

Updated on  January 20, 2018 at 10:29 pm
Christopher Yick had a dream of someday coming home, “Like LeBron going back to the Cavs,” he said, but instead of hoops, it’s strings. The dream has changed a bit since he left Hawaii for college. Now, the focus is more on the team and the town. Read More

By Request

Peach Bavarian cake an only-in-Hawaii specialty

Updated on  January 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm
The peach Bavarian cake belongs to a class of only-in-Hawaii desserts that includes chocolate dream and chantilly cakes. 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 accidents provide wake-up call

Updated on  January 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
In January, the North Shore scene calms down a bit after the holiday-season tourists have departed and the Triple Crown of Surfing is pau. But a few recent incidents have reminded surfers that the ocean is still a wild and unpredictable place. Read More

Incidental Lives

For student, harp sounds all of the right notes

Updated on  January 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm
Quick, name your favorite harpist. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. (No Googling!) Read More

Ferd's Words

Keeping their cool imperative for basketball ’Bows

While there was a lot to like about the victory over UC Davis that hoisted the University of Hawaii atop the Big West Conference Saturday night, there were two brief incidents that also raised some concern going forward. Read More

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

Salad-bar approach puts mainland spin on Hawaii-style poke

Updated on  January 16, 2018 at 5:04 pm
Part of the reason the pseudo poke operations have been so successful across the country is that they are more cost-effective than the local way, which is to have rows of dozens of different kinds of ready-made fresh-catch poke available every day. It’s a highly perishable product, and if one doesn’t sell, it can be a big loss. Read More

She Speaks

Missile scare puts life’s priorities in perspective

Updated on  January 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm
In those frenzied minutes following the Jan. 13 false alert of an inbound ballistic missile, my husband and I rushed our daughters into their bathroom, which has no windows. I saw fear in the eyes of my three little girls — maybe because they saw fear in mine. Read More

Windward Oahu breweries make it easy to find quality beer

Updated on  January 9, 2018 at 3:57 pm
Still looking for a new year’s resolution in 2018? I’ve got one for you: Drink more local beer! Read More

On the Scene

On the Scene with Jami Zhong

Jami Wanying Zhong was 10 years old and didn’t speak English when she came to Hawaii from Zhongshan, Guangdong, China. At 21 she speaks English fluently and is Hawaii’s newly crowned 2018 Narcissus Queen. Read More


Volcanic Ash

Missile fiasco further proof of officials’ ineptitude

We discussed what a shame it would be if we got blown to smithereens before we could celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, which was only a week away. But strangely, I was mostly unconcerned as my mind analyzed scenarios. Read More

On Politics

Show Biz

De Lima parody provides comic relief after blunder

Updated on  January 21, 2018 at 4:24 pm
As the missile alert mishap investigation continues, we all owe comedian Frank De Lima one big shaka and mahalo for his witty ditty “Stayin’ Alive,” which parodies that ballistic blunder. Read More