Monday, April 20, 2015         


 Design: Preparing a place to engage in meditation
Home is supposed to be a sanctuary, but as soon as we return from work we're busy doing chores -- endless laundry, dealing with bills and paperwork, cooking, washing the dishes and taking care of the kids and pets, just to name a few. Story »
 5 Things We Love
Pretty necklace wafts aroma • These bags are totes cute • New ceiling fan uses less energy • Images of NBA stars adorn socks • Cellphone charger is a necessity Story »
For Thursday, April 16, 2015
Designers' reclaimed styles will debut at Night Market • Cargo Cosmetics launches social media photo contest • Selected products include free gift at TheFaceShop
Helen Abe was understandably tentative, standing in her bare feet before a bed of burning coals. At age 87 she was about to take a step of faith in a purifying ritual meant to cleanse her of negative karma and invigorate her life.  Story »

Hsu Yun Temple in Nuu­anu is inviting the public to witness a rare Festival of Water and Land, considered the ultimate of Chinese Buddhist rituals.  Story »


 Cancer survivor honors those dear to her with lovely garden
When kumu hula ‘Iwalani Walsh Tseu walks around her garden on a sprawling property in Ewa Beach, she feels blessed. The garden, which she named Pu‘u­ho­nua o Hono­uli­uli, was envisioned as a gathering place for cancer survivors as well as a gift for her daughters and grandchildren. Story »

The recent tropical cyclone devastation in Vanuatu demonstrated the vulnerability of living on islands. With Hawaii being the most geographically isolated islands in the world, clearly we are vulnerable to similar natural disasters. Story »

Over the years, the pinot noir grape variety has garnered quite a reputation and following in Burgundy, France, and is now booming in both Cali­for­nia and Oregon as well. What most wine lovers do not know, however, is that pinot noir is also the patriarch to a family of other pinot grape varieties. Story »

 On the Scene

A lot of film and TV projects fail early. The timing isn't right. Financial backers get cold feet. Studio executives change and with them, priorities.  Story »

Thirty-five years ago this month the original "Hawaii Five-O" said aloha after 12 seasons on CBS. We look back at actor Jack Lord, who played Steve McGarrett during its run. Story »

Is your morning coffee from Kona or Kauai? Are cucumber, zucchini and squash part of your diet? Love lychee? You can credit our kama­aina honeybees, descendents of European stock, for doing much of the work to pollinate our local produce. Story »

Don't you just hate it when your orchids shrivel and die from mysterious causes, or when your line of potted plants looks like death row for daisies, or when your favorite water lilies lie submerged under toxic algae scum? Story »

Takeout is convenient. I get that. But lately, I've been thinking about how much waste is generated by takeout — including the single-use plastic fork and knife, the clamshell, the little sauce containers, all wrapped in a plastic bag. Story »

 'Five-0' star teams with former MMA champ to teach self-defense 
Fans of the TV show "Hawaii Five-0" fly thousands of miles to get a glimpse of its star, Alex O'Loughlin, at the annual Sunset on the Beach red carpet season premiere. But last week when the actor arrived at his favorite gym, no one blinked, least of all a small group of women who had just finished a workout. Story »

Over the past two years, we have seen beers from dozens of new and exciting breweries come to Hawaii, offering endless choices from practically every corner of the globe. But one U.S. state in particular has really increased its presence here. Story »

For all those who sit in traffic going westbound, I commend you for your patience. Much of my family still resides in Waipahu, and heading in that direction Easter morning, I made the mistake of thinking Kamehameha Highway would be clear. Story »

Shibazuke is a member of the tsukemono clan of Japanese pickled vegetables. Although it is made with cucumbers and eggplant, its closest relation is umeboshi, the tart pink pickled plum that is the heart of a true musubi. Story »

Take a drive to the west side for Aloun Farms' Third Annual Sweet Onion Festival, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 25 and 26. Purchase onions and other fresh, local produce while the keiki enjoy a hayride and other activities. Story »

My father is an adventurous foodie, but there are a few classic foods he can never pass up on. If you take him to an ice cream parlor, he will always order vanilla. If there is a pork chop that promises to be perfect, he will get it. If there is bread pudding on the dessert menu, he has eyes for nothing else.  Story »

Hawaii Five-O" will be in the air at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana Saturday at 1 p.m. when Lisa Freeman, daughter of "Hawaii Five-O" creator Leonard Freeman and his wife, Rose, signs her book "Honey Girl." Story »

Theodore "Ted" Chapin, president and executive director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, which governs the performing rights for the classic R&H repertoire, considers our homegrown Loretta Ables Sayre (who earned a Tony nomination when she re-created the role for Lincoln Center Theatre's "South Pacific" hit from 2008 to 2010) as the show's defining portrayal of Bloody Mary. Story »

The South Korean film "Twenty" opened Friday at the Pearlridge Consolidated Theatres. This film, which opened in South Korea on March 25, has surpassed 2 million ticket sales in 12 days. It's a comedy about three 20-year-olds who hit some bumps in their love life and career planning. Story »

Slack-key guitarist shines both solo and when joined by other players • "Pauline Kekahuna and Her Hau‘oli Girls" • "Over the Rainbow" Story »

Hanging from nylon straps on the beach might look like child's play, but the TRX circuit training workout is both challenging and invigorating. You can feel your arms getting toned as you lift your own body weight during each move. Story »


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