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Friday, December 19, 2014         

Features

Lured by the adventure of a lifetime and a $1 million prize, Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton and husband Adam "Honey Buns" Dirks raced around the world and into Friday's season finale of "The Amazing Race." Story »

"Foxcatcher" is a brooding, particularly American horror story of seduction, rejection, betrayal and murder set in the world of Olympic wrestling. A despairing, intentionally disturbing film that draws us into a maelstrom of desperate emotions, it holds up a dark mirror to the American dream and does not like what it sees. Story »

Someone should call child services over the way "Annie" has been so mistreated in the new, updated adaptation. This is an example of filmmaking abuse. Story »

Kids, help us get in the holiday spirit and trim our pages with your holiday creations. Design an ornament for our annual Keiki Kalikimaka contest and you'll have a chance at prizes of $100, $75 and $50 cash.  Story »

Though Michel’s may be small in size, its food looms large in popularity and reputation. Impeccable is the operative word at Michel’s, which boasts classic tableside service, high-quality ingredients.   Story »

Arts & Crafts • Craft & Gift Fairs • Family Fun • Gift of Giving • Honolulu City Lights • 'The Nutcracker' • Parades • Performances & Shows • Pet-friendly • Stage/Screen/Movies • Miscellaneous • At the Malls Story »

There's a mildly amusing Pompeii gag midway through "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb." It involves a scale model toy Roman soldier (Steve Coogan), his Old West cowboy pal (Owen Wilson) and a monkey in need of extinguishing a model volcano's fire. Story »

"Wild" is the story of a very long walk, a trek of more than 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, from the Southern California desert to the lush forests of Oregon.  Story »

For Thursday, December 18, 2014
Local fashion projects seek financing via crowdfunding • Hermès Le Bain pops up at T Galleria Waikiki
The orthodox Jewish synagogue, 410 Atkinson Drive, next to the entrance of the Ala Moana Hotel, will hold its annual menorah-lighting in Waikiki and parade on Wednesday, and a "Grand Hanukkah Party," including games and treats for keiki, on Friday. Story »

Jodo Mission of Hawaii is looking for students or former residents who lived in the dormitory behind its Makiki temple who can help fill a gap in its 82-year history. Story »

Columns
If you're visiting Manoa Valley Theatre, just look across the street and you'll see Mike Suehiro's Christmas display for his grandchildren. "It's not the holidays without kids," Suehiro explained. "Grandkids can really change your life." Story »

This column is a request for all present and future parents to help their children strive for a healthy body, but not at the expense of their self-esteem. An increasing number of young adults are dissatisfied with their bodies. Story »

Beers are unique because brewers can add almost anything to them — from fruit and chocolate to spices and hot peppers — to create incredible flavors and experiences. Story »

 On the Scene


Santa might rule Christmas, but this year his gift-giving supremacy has been challenged by a guy who likes giving as much as the jolly old elf: millionaire philanthropist Marc Paskin, aka Uncle Kokua. Story »

The popular radio program "Hawaii Calls" will celebrate its 80th anniversary next year. Webley Edwards, the creator, producer and longtime host of "Hawaii Calls," was an important media figure on both the national and local level. This month we look back on Edwards and his career. Story »

The rainy season is off to a strong start this year, with most areas across the state reporting above average rainfall. While rain is generally a good thing in the garden, too much rain can pose challenges, particularly when it comes to plant disease.  Story »

A source of healthy food from a beautiful Hawaiian tree growing in your own garden or a community garden — now that is a gift worth giving (or receiving)! Ulu, or breadfruit, is something we should grow and eat more of in Hawaii.  Story »

In the Netherlands there's a dedicated bike commuter path embedded with solar cells that generate electricity for homes. Here in Honolulu we are simply celebrating the baby step of earning bronze-level status from the League of American Bicyclists. Story »

Sunrise often finds Jack Roney on the blue waters of Kailua Bay, paddling his one-man outrigger canoe toward the horizon. That's one of the advantages of living on Kawainui Canal, a mile-long waterway that leads to Kailua Bay.  Story »

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about the beverages. To complete your festive meal, you'll want a drink that will work with all of those classic dishes, from turkey and gravy to cranberry sauce. Story »

The way I see it, restaurants in Hawaii largely fall into three camps: the local, the national corporate and the Japan-affiliated, whether the owner is a transplant or the company has Japan ties. Story »

Talking to strangers can pay off. Especially when the stranger is a nice lady with a good recipe and a willingness to share. Story »

With Christmas around the corner, a good way to keep ourselves from over-indulging is to balance hearty holiday foods with light and festive side dishes. Story »

If I even have an extra minute, I have a talent for filling it. I say "yes" to too much. In theory I want to have less to do, but I usually end up with one more assignment at the end of a conversation. Story »

A treasure chest of hula was on view Nov. 15 at Koa‘e Kea's dazzling dinner extravaganza in the Ala Moana Hotel's Garden Lanai. Koa‘e Kea is an organization made up of retired Hawaiian Airlines hostesses. Story »

And then there was one. When the Makaha Sons' Christmas show, "Makaha Kalikimaka," unfolds at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art, longtime group member Louis "Moon" Kauakahi will not be present. He "retired" during the summer. Story »

Korean War veterans were recently honored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu and KBFD TV with a free movie at Saint Louis School's Mamiya Theatre. Story »

"Motherland" Keale (Rhythm & Roots) • "Reunion" Amy & Willie K (Island Soul Entertainment) • "Ku‘u ‘Aina Aloha" Kawika Kahiapo (Pono) • "Island View" Ozzie Kotani (Ozzie Kotani) Story »


We All Can Be ‘Cooking Hawaiian Style’
Just in time for Christmas gift giving, the cookbook features recipes from the well-known celebrities and chefs who have been on the show, along with their interesting and entertaining stories. Read More »
 
Whither Polygamy
Those of us who espoused same-gender marriage on the grounds that government should not control whom we marry find ourselves in a bit of a pickle about polygamy. Read More »
 

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