Saturday, November 01, 2014         


Generations of Americans have grown up thinking of opera as the cliche of arcane and stuffy, the domain of "fat ladies" screaming in foreign languages. Erik Haines, director of education at Hawaii Opera Theatre, hopes that HOT's Opera Express production of Gilbert andSullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance" will show Hawaii keiki -- and perhaps a few of their parents, too -- that opera can be fun. Story »

As he pitched his film to Pixar executives, animator James Ford Murphy sought to woo them with a love story that was millions of years old. He strummed a Kamaka ukulele and told them about a volcano named Uku that longed for a companion. 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 »

Best Fall Fair: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Ewa Community Church, 91-1258 Renton Road, with crafts, baked goods, food, rummage sale, collectibles and more. Call 681-3471 or email ewacommchurch@gmail.com. Story »

For Friday, October 31, 2014
‘Blood Ransom' • Metropolitan Opera: ‘Carmen' • Rifftrax Live: ‘Anaconda' Encore • ‘Saw 10th Anniversary' • Shakespeare's Globe: ‘The Tempest' • University of Hawaii vs. Utah State
Chartered in 1877 by the kingdom of Hawaii's royal decree, the Chinese Christian Association of Hawaii was born from necessity because "in the early days we were a minority and we had to stick together," said member Cyril Wong. Story »

In an effort to assist Hawaii's homeless veterans and other members of the military in need of support, the Roman Catho­lic Diocese of Hono­lulu's Office for Social Ministry and its partners are collecting donations for an event dubbed "Stand Down and Job Fair." Story »

Ruth Edgar's fascination withteapots began when she purchased a tea set for her daughter nearly two decades ago. "I've always loved teacups. They are one of the most beautiful things," she said. Story »

One of the more impressive ways to look scary for Halloween is to wear some crazy decorative contact lenses. But be careful. They might sound harmless, but serious eye damage can occur if they are not used correctly. Story »

We haven't discussed chardonnay in this column in a while. Recently we've run across a few that warrant a mention.  Story »

 On the Scene

Walt Disney Studios hasn't said much about the Polynesian heroine in its newest film, "Moana," but the animated feature is sure to be a lightning rod for filmmakers, writers and producers meeting here this week. Story »

During the 1980s and '90s, network news was predominantly covered by male anchors Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw. Ted Turner's Cable News Network was launched in 1980, followed by CNN2 in 1982, which became CNN Headline News.  Story »

A Chinese yellow swallowtail laid her eggs on my lemon tree, and now I have fat little green caterpillars voraciously eating the leaves on their way to becoming beautiful butterflies. Story »

Hummingbirds, while amazing, are very aggressive for their small size. If they were brought to Hawaii this would be another nail in the extinction coffin for our rare native Hawaiian birds. Story »

Tabitha Fernandez was sick and tired of being overweight and feeling sluggish. So when her employer, ALTRES Staffing, started a free corporate wellness program that involved working out while at work, she jumped at the opportunity to make a change. Story »

Although lager-style beers are the most popular in the world, they have gotten a bad rap in the craft beer world and have largely been ignored by U.S. craft drinkers. Of the many lager styles, the most popular is the pale lager.  Story »

People love pizza, so even with competition within five blocks in downtown Honolulu bounded by Maunakea, Hotel, Bethel and Beretania streets, you can find an audience for pizza at Rosarina, Bar 35, JJ Dolan's and Fresh Cafe. Story »

I have two close friends and a brother-in-law who are gluten sensitive, so the world of baked goods is a minefield for them. Any type of wheat or wheat byproduct lurking in a muffin or a cookie could touch off symptoms from a stuffy nose to serious indigestion. Story »

Kick off this year's Narcissus Festival with the 12th annual Splendor of China cultural festival and trade show at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Story »

Sometimes I regret my offer to bake for a friend's birthday. I've had several friends forgo the traditional cake in favor of pie. While I do love a layer cake, I can muster up great pies: pecan, pumpkin, lemon meringue, French silk or any number of creamy, fattening pies. Story »

The original "Hawaii Five-0," created by Leonard Freeman and starring Jack Lord, ran 12 years on CBS, from 1968 to 1980, and put the islands on the map in the television industry.  Story »

Nathan Kurosawa, writer and director of the highly regarded 2003 film "The Ride," is preparing his next project, a graphic novel. So he said earlier this month while working as a flight attendant on my Hawaiian Airlines homebound flight from Tokyo's Haneda International Airport. Story »

The Hawaii International Film Festival is set to kick off Thursday. Spotlight on Korea has a late addition to the film lineup from South Korea: "Scarlet Innocence," which stars Jung Woo Sung and E-som. Story »

"Kahelelani Niihau (Music for the Hawaiian Islands Vol. 2)" • "Tainted Love" • "Salsa in Paradise" • "Good Thing" Story »

Acool meeting space, fast Wi-Fi, organic, fair-trade coffee, networking, yoga and a healthy organic salad made of local produce. It would be hard to find all of the above in one place, but that's exactly what ProtoHUB Honolulu aims to do. Story »

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RECIPE: Kai Choy Pork Soup
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