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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

BRUCE ASATO / 2012
                                Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha

Buying out Kealoha was the sensible thing to do

BRUCE ASATO / 2012
                                Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm
OK, enough already. Everybody back to their corners and breathe a bit while this thing plays out. Read More

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

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Momo Sakuma heads to shore after surfing at Laniakea on the North Shore of Oahu in 2016.

Sometimes you just have to take a chance on adventure

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Momo Sakuma heads to shore after surfing at Laniakea on the North Shore of Oahu in 2016.

Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 12:18 am
That first day at Laniakea, I lost my board. It occurred to me, as I struck out for the receding shore, that I could also lose my life. 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

Tabuena takes the long road to Waialae

Let other kids have their Disney videos and Sesame Street tapes. Read More
Updated on  January 13, 2017 at 11:19 pm

Further Review

JAMM AQUINO / NOV. 19
                                Tua Tagovailoa looked to pass against the Kahuku Red Raiders in the state championship game.

Tagovailoa might be a spectator at Poly Bowl

JAMM AQUINO / NOV. 19
                                Tua Tagovailoa looked to pass against the Kahuku Red Raiders in the state championship game.
The state player of the year from Saint Louis School and nation’s top dual-threat quarterback prospect didn’t freak out over the lack of sandy beaches and raw fish in Tuscaloosa. 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

Naked to the roots — and 50 shades of gray

Life is a journey. And so is going gray. 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
                                Tsun-Hui Hung.

On the Scene with Tsun-Hui Hung

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tsun-Hui Hung.

Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm
Tsun-Hui Hung wasn’t planning to become an erhu player when she started music lessons as a second-grader in Taiwan. Read More

fl(ASH)back

A November ‘beyond a lot of our imaginations’

Volcanic Ash

Obama’s steely grace and decency will be missed

As President Barack Obama prepares to leave office, we should take a moment to appreciate his heroic demonstration of thick skin for the past eight years. Read More

On Politics

State’s turbid budget scenarios get murkier with city’s pleas for money to finish rail

This is not the year to be in the budget business. Read More
Updated on  January 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Show Biz

COURTESY MYRNA KAMAE
                                Eddie Kamae died Jan. 7 with “E Ku’u Morning Dew” playing in the background, a smile on his face and his wife at his side.

Cazimero becoming more active by composing new music

COURTESY MYRNA KAMAE
                                Eddie Kamae died Jan. 7 with “E Ku’u Morning Dew” playing in the background, a smile on his face and his wife at his side.

Updated on  January 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm
Roland Cazimero has been out of the limelight for nearly two years but is trying to get rolling again by composing new music. Read More