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2017 Holiday Books & Music Gift Guide

Updated on  December 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm

2017 Holiday Books & Music Gift Guide

Updated on  December 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm

Things We Love

4 Things We Love

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm
A shortlist of newly discovered stuff you have got to see, hear, wear, use or eat. Read More

She Speaks

‘Influencers’ infiltrate media tour, annoy veteran reporter

Updated on  December 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm
It was a rude awakening. A young brunette in a tiny sundress traipsing around a field of sunflowers, a photographer following dutifully behind. She was one of half a dozen “reporters” on a media tour recently. Read More

In the Lineup

Surfing is competitive but we should play fair

Updated on  December 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm
Conditions were near-perfect on the afternoon of Nov. 30, Day Two of the Maui Women’s Pro at Honolua Bay, as the waves arrived like ranks of goddesses — tall, lithe and glittery gray — to be welcomed by the women surfing in thisculminating event of the world championship tour. What followed was a visual symphony. Read More

Five-0 Redux

Taking a risk pays off for ‘Five-0’

The noble act of laying down one's life for another is one of the many themes that is threaded throughout the weekly storylines of “Hawaii Five-0.” While no one from the Five-0 team has died to save anyone, many have come very close to death, and it is not uncommon for them to risk everything-- their jobs, their reputations, and even their own physical safety and health-- to save their friends. Read More

On the Scene

On the Scene with Joaquin de Luz

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm
Joaquin de Luz grew up in Madrid, studied ballet at the Victor Ullate School of Ballet and danced in Ullate’s professional ballet troupe while still in his teens. He has been a local favorite since 2003 when he starred as the Cavalier in Ballet Hawaii’s big-scale, live-music production of “The Nutcracker” and is one of the troupe’s most popular guest stars. Read More

Garden Party

Hawaii Kai duo grow an oasis that benefits the body and soul

Updated on  November 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm
The garden keeps them busy but provides plenty of benefits for this engaging couple. Read More

Hawaii Gardens

Use invasive species in Hawaii-style holiday decor

Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm
Christmas berry (Schinus terebinthifolius) is an invasive weed but has been proved to be useful as decor and for some medicinal uses. It is also a nonthirsty plant. Read More


K-pop boy band BTS becomes international sensation

Updated on  December 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm
The seven-member K-pop group BTS continues to make headlines around the world. At last month’s Mnet Asian Music Awards, BTS was named the Artist of the Year for the second year in a row. Read More

Rearview Mirror

L&L Hawaiian BBQ began as dairy in the early 1950s

Last month I wrote a little bit about L&L Drive-in and how it was named. Two men who were part of L&L’s early days emailed me to share their recollections. Read More


Submissions sought for local literary awards

Updated on  December 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm
The Cades Foundation and the Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2017 Elliot Cades and Loretta Petrie awards. Read More

Show Biz

12 songs of Christmas brighten holidays in Hawaii

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 12:06 am
Check out Wayne Harada’s list of 12 island holiday favorites — many of which are common on radio playlists, with a few somewhat oboslete, but still memorable, picks thrown in for good measure. Read More

Wood Craft

Longtime entertainment writer Ben Wood says ‘aloha’

Updated on  October 17, 2017 at 11:05 pm
Longtime entertainment writer Ben Wood, approaching his 86th birthday, recalls his colorful newspaper career as he steps back from his regular column. Read More

Book Reviews

Hokule‘a voyage shines bright in new book

Updated on  October 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm
“Malama Honua: Hokule‘a — A Voyage of Hope,” by Jennifer Allen, includes color photos and thoughtful looks at stops on the voyage and waters in between, plus a capsule history of the Hokule‘a. Read More