Monday, January 26, 2015         


 Collector has the write stuff
Gladys Watanabe will have you know that the Gettysburg Address and the novels of Ernest Hemingway were written in pencil. The 83-year-old retired schoolteacher loves school supplies, especially the tools of self-expression — which explains her collection of more than 600 pencils. Story »
The new year is still young, so let's continue to welcome it — with some lucky bamboo. At this time of year, this plant appears in supermarkets and plant stores across the country. It may or may not be lucky, but bamboo it ain't. 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 »

Innovation ensures crisp pork rinds • Ben Allison's music blends genres • A few additions improve rice paddle • Regain dewy skin with repair cream • Enjoy peanut flavor with less fat Story »

For Thursday, January 22, 2015
Annual benefit has ‘Masquerade' theme • Free consultations on fragrance offered • Fighting Eel opens Kahala Mall store • Turn sari fabric into frames at workshop
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hono­lulu held a Taize "prayer around the cross" ecumenical service Thursday to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Story »

Growing up in a small Appalachian town in Tennessee, Ellen Godbey Carson was raised in an insulated, privileged world in which she rarely crossed paths with black people. Story »

Bob Eddinger and Dr. Rodney Powell love spending just as much time in their garden as they do indoors, so they've created dozens of outdoor "rooms," as they call them, to enjoy the views from the hillside behind their home atop Tantalus. Story »

The year 2014 included important health-related discoveries that challenged health-promotion dogma. Some of these breakthroughs represent new twists on things, and others reflect the maturing of a significant body of research that cannot be ignored. Story »

The other night, a customer at Hiro­shi Eurasion Tapas asked me what wine they should "put away" for their kids until adulthood. I get asked this question frequently, and the answer differs based on the number of years of cellaring and, more important, the budget per bottle. Story »

 On the Scene

Not much is left to chance on the set of a feature film. The way props are positioned can be just as important to a director as the tone of an actor's voice, so set dressers labor to create the necessary realism.  Story »

During the 1970s, tennis had a surge in popularity. Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King squared off in a "Battle of the Sexes" match on national television, and Hawaii had its own professional tennis team, the Hawaii Leis. This month we look back on the Leis franchise. Story »

Sunnhemp (Crotalaria juncea), a legume plant from South Asia identifiable by its bright yellow flowers, is becoming a common cover crop. Tropic sunnhemp is an excellent source of organic nitrogen, which can reduce dependence on commercial fertilizers. Story »

Do you know the story of how macadamias came to Hawaii? The original grove is up Tantalus in the area called Nutridge, planted by two sailors, Edward and Robert Jordan, who traveled to the islands from Brisbane, Australia, with their pockets full of nuts in 1892. Story »

You could say Wes Wada embraces alternative energy with the formula of solar PV + EV. He owns two electric vehicles — a Nissan Leaf and a Mitsubishi i-MiEV — and last year invested in solar photovoltaic panels for the roof of his Honolulu home. The combination of PV and EV can be a great advantage. Story »

Moana Henriques, who recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor's in agricultural sciences, fell in love with the art of Tahitian dance four years ago when she discovered Tahiti Mana, a professional dance troupe in Honolulu. Story »

The year 2014 was an exceptional one for beer in Hawaii. We saw dozens of top-quality breweries distribute to the isles, adding more than 100 new beer choices to the shelves. Story »

The Japan-based Pier thirty group breezed into town in the fall with one of the most ambitious plans I've heard in a long time: Open 300 restaurants across the United States within 10 years, 20 of them in Hawaii -- all different concepts -- to open in five to six years. Story »

If you made a resolution to cook more good stuff and eat less bad, by this point in the new year, you already may be backsliding. Convenience meals and fast food can seem an easy fix when workdays are busy, commutes are long and your house is full of hungry people at 6 p.m. Story »

The Malama Learning Center kicks off the New Year with a WOW (WithOut Walls) hands-on cooking class that teaches individuals and families to prepare several delicious, nutritious dishes. Story »

It's not the New Year I dread. It's afterward, when I'm struggling with new habits every single day. Last month, I was too busy eating cookies to discuss anything remotely about new beginnings.  Story »

When I put "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, on my must-see list, I had no idea the Iraq War movie would become controversial because of the sniper's many killings. Story »

Garett Taketa of Kaneohe is the latest Hawaii actor signed to an off-Broadway musical prepping for a July 3 opening. Story »

Everyone is worried about Yun-hui and Min-ho after Min-ho goes to see his father in Seoul. Yun-hui puts on a tough act, but she is hurt and worried. Min-ki doesn't know what he's feeling when he sees Hyeok comforting Yun-hui.  Story »

Waipuna honors family, memories with collection of Hawaiian songs Story »

RECIPE: Snapper Egg Foo Young
Michael-Thomas Foumai enjoys playing the violin, but he has chosen the path of a composer for life Read More »
Fun, Free Fitness Classes For Girls
In an effort to help young girls stay fit and active, Ivivva Honolulu offers free yoga and fitness classes every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Read More »

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