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Kokua Line

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Justin Thomas hits one out of the bunker toward the iconic “W” palm trees at Waialae Country Club’s seventh hole, which was played as the 16th hole during this month’s Sony Open tournament.

Waialae Country Club’s ‘W’ grew from a favorite movie

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Justin Thomas hits one out of the bunker toward the iconic “W” palm trees at Waialae Country Club’s seventh hole, which was played as the 16th hole during this month’s Sony Open tournament.

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm
Question: The Saturday edition featured a photo of Justin Thomas’ approach on the 16th at Waialae. In the background are four coconut trees that appear to form a W. Is this coincidence or were the trees cultivated for that purpose? Read More

Lee Cataluna

Autism-safe events offer families a gentler town

Almost every parent knows the trauma of being in a store or a restaurant when their kid has a meltdown. For children on the autism spectrum, things like announcements on the store’s loudspeaker or getting bumped in a crowded aisle can be excruciating and lead to a fiasco. Read More
Updated on  January 21, 2017 at 10:42 pm

By Request

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                It will take two to three lemons to make the half-cup of juice needed for Grandma Tada’s Lemon Pie.

World’s a tad better, tastier as recipes draw donations

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                It will take two to three lemons to make the half-cup of juice needed for Grandma Tada’s Lemon Pie.

Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm
The annual “By Request” Top 5 recipe fundraiser brought in just more than $11,000 for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Good Neighbor Fund over the past six weeks. Read More

TheBuzz

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Magnolia Bakery closed 13 months after it opened in the Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center. Above, Bobbie Lloyd, chief baking officer at Magnolia Bakery, with orders of French toast (slices of brioche soaked in a sweet egg custard and grilled, with a choice of apple or blueberry compote) front, and a croque madame (grilled ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich with Dijonnaise, baked with a bechamel sauce and topped with an egg).

Magnolia eateries at Ala Moana close amid diner dissatisfaction

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Magnolia Bakery closed 13 months after it opened in the Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center. Above, Bobbie Lloyd, chief baking officer at Magnolia Bakery, with orders of French toast (slices of brioche soaked in a sweet egg custard and grilled, with a choice of apple or blueberry compote) front, and a croque madame (grilled ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich with Dijonnaise, baked with a bechamel sauce and topped with an egg).

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm
New York City-based Magnolia Bakery opened in the vaunted Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center on Nov. 12 amid about 5 tons of hype. Read More

In the Lineup

COURTESY ZAK NOYLE
                                Nicky Droze surfs Off the Wall on the North Shore.

Plant-based diet keeps surfers’ energy up

COURTESY ZAK NOYLE
                                Nicky Droze surfs Off the Wall on the North Shore.
Green and orange vegetables, beans and tofu, nuts in moderation and grains can all play a role in a healthy surfer’s diet. 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

JAMM AQUINO / DEC. 23
                                Hawaii head coach Eran Ganot walked the sideline during the second half of a Diamond Head Classic game agianst Utah.

Early-season results say Ganot’s got the goods

JAMM AQUINO / DEC. 23
                                Hawaii head coach Eran Ganot walked the sideline during the second half of a Diamond Head Classic game agianst Utah.
Lately it has been guard Leland Green, author of Wednesday night’s game-winning shot, in the spotlight, but little by little we’re learning more about this emerging University of Hawaii men’s basketball team. Read More

Further Review

Allen steps up as the leader UH needed

It was a tough call to take, in a game that inevitably ended as a tough defeat to take for Hawaii. Read More

The Weekly Eater

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Chutoro, shimaaji and nodoguro nigiri sushi prepared by chef Hirofumi Beniya.

Beniya serves up VIP treatment

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Chutoro, shimaaji and nodoguro nigiri sushi prepared by chef Hirofumi Beniya.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm
The film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” gave us an image of a sushi master as a wizened elder with the experience of a long apprenticeship — with up to five years of menial work before being allowed to make the sushi rice, and several more years before being allowed to slice ginger and negi — followed by years of toiling to earn the trust and respect of peers and diners. Read More

She Speaks

Confidence, strength grow during decade of motherhood

The challenges that come with raising a child are never-ending. Read More

Barfly

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sample of the growlers.

Growler USA Honolulu uses tech to attract beer lovers

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sample of the growlers.

Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm
One of my favorite phone apps is TapHunter, which keeps me updated with the draft options at some of Honolulu’s top craft beer bars. Read More

On the Scene

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Curtis Duncan.

On the Scene with Curtis Duncan

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Curtis Duncan.
Curtis Duncan said he “felt the earth call” to him the first time he came to Hawaii, but is now considering leaving to pursue his acting career. Read More

fl(ASH)back

A November ‘beyond a lot of our imaginations’

Volcanic Ash

True secret to marriage is a sense of humor

My wife, Maggie, and I celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary on my writing day, and it seemed inappropriate to spend the day pontificating about my usual subjects. Read More
Updated on  January 21, 2017 at 10:55 pm

On Politics

Fellow Democrats faulting governor for lack of decisiveness and clear leadership

One year ago, Gov. David Ige walked into the state Capitol to give his second State of the State address with fellow Democrats muttering under their breath, “Governor No Can Do.” Read More
Updated on  January 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Show Biz

COURTESY DANIEL CHING
                                Daniel Ching.

Hawaii actor subs as ‘Hamilton’ in Chicago production

COURTESY DANIEL CHING
                                Daniel Ching.
Joseph Morales is the Alexander Hamilton alternate in the Chicago company of “Hamilton,” while another isle performer is rehearsing for a March debut in San Francisco. Read More