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Kokua Line

Piikoi freeway ramp closure is temporary — temporarily

Question: Can you do an update on the closure of the Piikoi Street eastbound freeway entrance? Is it permanent or just temporary? I really miss that freeway entrance. Read More

Lee Cataluna

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MELVEEN LEED
                                Singer Melveen Leed visited her mother Didi Kaakimaka every day and sang for her. Kaakimaka suffered from Alzheimers and, even in the last stages of the disease, would sometimes remember lyrics to old songs.

Melveen Leed pays tribute to her mother

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MELVEEN LEED
                                Singer Melveen Leed visited her mother Didi Kaakimaka every day and sang for her. Kaakimaka suffered from Alzheimers and, even in the last stages of the disease, would sometimes remember lyrics to old songs.

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm
Melveen Leed has sung for millions of people — at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall and, for many years, in showrooms in Waikiki. Over the last year, every day and sometimes twice, she sang for her mother. Read More

By Request

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Cajun spice adds flavor to a dish of braised turkey wings.

Failed recipe prompts discovery of a satisfying one-dish dinner

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Cajun spice adds flavor to a dish of braised turkey wings.

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm
If anyone out there knows how to make stuffed turkey wings, I’m listening. Read More

TheBuzz

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                New vegan items at ‘Umeke Market include a taco salad, left, kalo curry and Aina Stew.

‘Umeke switches over to vegan menu

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                New vegan items at ‘Umeke Market include a taco salad, left, kalo curry and Aina Stew.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 4:38 pm
A go-to business for natural and organic food downtown has gone vegan with a new owner, a new chef and organic kalo (taro) as one of its key ingredients. Read More

In the Lineup

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Brian Chang asked his aunt to use her house for the Tonggs Gang reunion last month.

After 40 years, Tonggs Gang reconvenes in Waikiki

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Brian Chang asked his aunt to use her house for the Tonggs Gang reunion last month.

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 7:41 pm
Last month, 30-plus members of the Tonggs Gang milled about, hailing one another, clapping shoulders, shaking hands and chugging beers beside tables heaped with food. Read More

Incidental Lives

Dedication nabs first mock trial state title

The case seemed like a slam dunk for the prosecution. Read More
Updated on  April 24, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Ferd's Words

COURTESY PHOTO
                                An undated photo of Fiamalu Penitani, who competed as Musashimaru.

Musashimaru has found his own guardian angel in his wife

COURTESY PHOTO
                                An undated photo of Fiamalu Penitani, who competed as Musashimaru.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 10:49 pm
Less than two weeks after the surgery, the still imposing 6-foot, 4-inch, 353-pound figure known in sumo as Musashimaru was back overseeing the training of young sumotori at his Musashigawa stable in the Edogawa section of the capital. Read More

Further Review

DENNIS ODA / APRIL 15
                                Hawaii sweeps Pepperdine 25-23, 20, 15 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball quarterfinal playoff game at the Stan Sheriff Center.

There’s hope UH’s national title drought will end soon

DENNIS ODA / APRIL 15
                                Hawaii sweeps Pepperdine 25-23, 20, 15 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball quarterfinal playoff game at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 10:45 pm
It’s been a long dry spell, but the University of Hawaii is going to win another sports national championship. Read More

The Weekly Eater

NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Appetizers of minced raw beef in a crispy rice cake roll and grilled baby octopus served at Gaon.

Korea gains its own volume in Michelin’s lists of all-stars

NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Appetizers of minced raw beef in a crispy rice cake roll and grilled baby octopus served at Gaon.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm
This year Korea joined the ranks of its compadres in Asia — Japan, Singapore and China — in earning its own Michelin Guide, in which a three-star ranking hails exceptional cuisine “elevated to an art form.” Read More

She Speaks

COURTSY PIXABAY
                                “Marriage is not easy. I know. This is my second one. So I’m grateful every day for my husband, our commitment to our family and the life we are building,” writes Zenaida Serrano in this week’s column.

Simple delights keep marriage happy

COURTSY PIXABAY
                                “Marriage is not easy. I know. This is my second one. So I’m grateful every day for my husband, our commitment to our family and the life we are building,” writes Zenaida Serrano in this week’s column.

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm
In a ballroom filled with hundreds of our closest friends and family, my husband channeled his inner Michael Jackson and moonwalked across the dance floor, rousing our unsuspecting guests into ajubilant ovation. Read More

COURTESY PHOTOS
                                The best part about books that cover alcohol? Spending time with them is just like visiting a quality bar; you’ll be sufficiently entertained and will probably learn something new in the process.

Cocktail arts distilled in reference books

COURTESY PHOTOS
                                The best part about books that cover alcohol? Spending time with them is just like visiting a quality bar; you’ll be sufficiently entertained and will probably learn something new in the process.

Updated on  April 12, 2017 at 9:27 am
Spending time with books that cover alcohol is just like visiting a quality bar; you’ll be sufficiently entertained and will probably learn something new in the process. Read More

On the Scene

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Cristiano Cairati moved to Honolulu earlier this year to open the Ravizza Brownfield Gallery in Chinatown with an exhibit of works by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.

On the Scene with Cristiano Cairati

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Cristiano Cairati moved to Honolulu earlier this year to open the Ravizza Brownfield Gallery in Chinatown with an exhibit of works by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 6:53 pm
Born in Italy, a resident of New York for 25 years, 46-year-old Cristiano Cairati moved to Honolulu earlier this year to open the Ravizza Brownfield Gallery in Chinatown. Read More

fl(ASH)back

STAR-ADVERTISER ARCHIVE
                                U.S. sens. Brian Schatz (left) and Maizie Hirono (right).

Politicians showered us with comedy through April

STAR-ADVERTISER ARCHIVE
                                U.S. sens. Brian Schatz (left) and Maizie Hirono (right).
It’s the last Sunday in April and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused: Read More

Volcanic Ash

ASSOCIATED PRESS / MARCH 22
                                Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto resigned from the GOP last month because she says its members refuse to oppose racism and sexism and that she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump.

Democrats keen to grill Fukumoto on her views

ASSOCIATED PRESS / MARCH 22
                                Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto resigned from the GOP last month because she says its members refuse to oppose racism and sexism and that she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump.
State Rep. Beth Fukumoto made national news when she announced she’d switch to the Democratic Party after House Republicans ousted her as minority leader for criticizing President Donald Trump. But Democrats aren’t exactly laying the welcome mat. Read More

On Politics

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 23
                                Governor David Ige delivers the State of State Address.

Ishii ramps up policy effort for Ige’s re-election drive

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 23
                                Governor David Ige delivers the State of State Address.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 6:41 pm
For much of the time from 1974 to 1986, when George Ariyoshi was Hawaii’s governor, his success was in part due to an unseen band of youthful state workers. Read More

Show Biz

COURTESY NBC
                                Hawaii native Anthony Ruvivar, at left in the middle row, was a regular cast member on NBC’s “Third Watch” from 1999 to 2005. Ruivivar spent 10 days in New York recently, filming an episode of CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”

Ruivivar felt at home during ‘Blue Bloods’ stint

COURTESY NBC
                                Hawaii native Anthony Ruvivar, at left in the middle row, was a regular cast member on NBC’s “Third Watch” from 1999 to 2005. Ruivivar spent 10 days in New York recently, filming an episode of CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm
Hawaii native Anthony Ruivivar spent 10 days in New York recently, filming an episode of CBS’ “Blue Bloods.” Read More