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Kokua Line

BRUCE ASATO / 2015
                                Sandy Beach attracts many who surf, fly kites and picnic. Restrooms for the beach are undergoing renovation. Above, a bodyboarder catches a wave at Sandy Beach.

Restroom at Sandy Beach will be closed through April

BRUCE ASATO / 2015
                                Sandy Beach attracts many who surf, fly kites and picnic. Restrooms for the beach are undergoing renovation. Above, a bodyboarder catches a wave at Sandy Beach.

Updated on  December 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm
Question: Sandy Beach is busy! We need both restrooms. How long will the one be closed? Read More

Lee Cataluna

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                                Helemano Elementary counselor Stephen Chinen poses with his newly published workbook, “Rainbows in Me.”

Counselor’s rainbows act as peace ambassadors

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                                Helemano Elementary counselor Stephen Chinen poses with his newly published workbook, “Rainbows in Me.”

Updated on  December 7, 2016 at 12:21 am
Helemano Elementary is a little school tucked in the back of a Whitmore Village neighborhood where houses have corrugated metal roofs and second-floor balconies laced with Christmas lights. 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

Hawaii Bowl offers UH postseason redemption

The first thing Nick Rolovich scheduled for this week was a wake-up call for his University of Hawaii football team. 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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                                REAL a gastropub owner Troy Terorotua behind the bar during a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. tap takeover at the Kakaako bar on Nov. 15.

Sierra Nevada partners with Honolulu bars for tap takeover

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                                REAL a gastropub owner Troy Terorotua behind the bar during a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. tap takeover at the Kakaako bar on Nov. 15.

Updated on  December 1, 2016 at 7:11 pm
Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. partnered with REAL a gastropub and Brew’d Craft Pub to pour 47 different beers among 54 taps at the two bars Nov. 15. 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