Friday, May 29, 2015         


 Rachel McAdams embraces her role and discovers a love for the islands
In Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy “Aloha,” Rachel McAdams plays Tracy Woodside, a former love of Bradley Cooper’s character Brian Gilcrest. A military scientist, she is living at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam with her husband and children when Gilcrest re-enters her life. Story »
Hawaii is supposedly the most recently inhabited place on Earth, the last place on the planet that human beings could discover. Hawaiian historian Herb Kane liked to say that everyone in Hawaii came from somewhere else — including Hawaiians. Story »

People focus keeps ‘San Andreas’ alive
Disaster movies, which pre-date the zeitgeist’s fascination with a world falling apart around us, are always great measures of the state of the Hollywood art of special effects. Story »
Echoes of the hilarious ineptitude of Woody Allen’s “Take the Money and Run” and the historic kookiness of “Forrest Gump” turn up throughout “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” starring Sweden’s beloved comic actor Robert Gustafsson. It’s a hoot and a half. Story »

For Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Slow Food tour explores Chinatown cuisine and culture • Vegan potluck at Waialua farm includes video, talk • Philippine Consulate festival to feature regional dishes
With the scriptural prospect of paradise awaiting him in the Pure Land, University of Hawaii professor emeritus Alfred Bloom knows that he should be dancing for joy as he faces the end of his life.  Story »

The Lutheran Church of Hono­lulu will celebrate on May 24 the 40th anniversary of its organ, which was made by master organ builder Rudolf von Beckerath. Story »


 Garden Club transforms museum into a Persian oasis
A pop-up Persian garden and floral fantasies — the Garden Club of Honolulu's Major Flower & Horticulture Show — materialized as if by magic in the Hono­lulu Museum of Art over the weekend, after which it vanished, leaving only traces of fragrance and dreams. Story »

It is estimated that about 1 out of 3 pregnant women in the U.S. are at least marginally iodine deficient. It is not so clear how marginal iodine deficiency in the mother affects brain development of the fetus during pregnancy and in the infant during breast-feeding. Story »

The Halekulani recently hosted a most memorable wine and food tasting event. Kevin Toyama, cellar master, convinced an all-star group of artisan, family-owned wineries from southern France and Italy to come to the islands to share their wines and expertise. Story »

 On the Scene

Christopher Yogi, a Hawaii-born filmmaker living in Brooklyn, N.Y., wasn't looking for a story when he sat with his dying grandfather in his Kai­muki home. Story »

Sterling Mossman was one of Hawaii's most popular entertainers during the 1950s and 1960s. He also served with the Hono­lulu Police Department. This month we look back at Mossman, the cop who moonlighted as an entertainer.  Story »

If you've got an infestation of aphids, thrips, mealybugs or whiteflies and you're not squeamish about small-scale biological warfare, beneficial insects, also known as natural enemies, may be an attractive option. Story »

I wore a fragrant yellow plumeria lei to dinner with my mom, Marilyn, and sister, Mimi. I had gotten it the night before at the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards, the annual Hawaii Book Publishers Association's awards ceremony. Story »

It all started when a small group of friends, all avid hikers, noticed tagging under the Koko Crater arch in east Oahu last year. Apparently, nature tagging — spray-painting graffiti on rocks and trees — was becoming increasingly popular. This defacement of nature was just so wrong, it spurred Michael David Loftin into action. Story »

 Two pianists' athletic endeavors complement their musical pursuits
Pianists Jonathan Korth and Tommy Yee are known for tickling the ivories, but they're equally at home pounding Oahu's pavement and trekking its trails. Both men are professors in UH Manoa's Music Department. Story »

Hawaii craft-beer fans are known for traveling to the mainland to stock up on favorite brews unavailable in the islands. But in the past few years, distribution of many favorites has begun in Hawaii. Story »

Consumers will put up with a lot for the sake of convenience. After all, how many times have you settled for a so-so meal just because a restaurant was close to home? Story »

When a request came in for a recipe for a pumpkin crunch dessert, I thought, “Finally, an easy one.” Even after I got to the caveat — a pumpkin crunch that does not use a boxed cake mix, please — I thought, “How hard could that be?” Story »

Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit with a flavor that's a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. The juice of the yuzu can be used in marinades and dressings for fish and meats, in desserts such as meringues, jellies and custards, and in drinks when used as a bitter. Story »

There's a lot of mystery surrounding the "perfect" waffle. I've been caught up in it myself. Deep pockets; crunchy and golden with edges so buttery they taste fried; and soft, nearly creamy insides. Story »

Puamana's Mihana Aluli Souza likened the trio’s performance at Halekulani’s House Without a Key May 17 to some of the Sundays at her grandparents’ large Lahaina home — also called Puamana — when family, friends and other guests would drop by to sing, dance, talk story and eat and drink.  Story »

Shari Lynn, a Hawaii School for Girls teacher and singer-actress, has plenty on her plate. Story »

Korea's latest thriller movie, "Chronicles of Evil," was just released Friday at the Pearlridge Consolidated Theatres. Director Baek Woon-hak delivers a police detective thriller that keeps you in suspense and gives a surprise ending. The film opened May 14 in Korea and has already hit $1 million at the box office.  Story »

Hawaiian music got a big push in 2011, when Alexander Payne included recordings by slack-key guitarists in the soundtrack album of "The Descendants." Story »

Yoga is a grounding practice, a way to break through the aggravations of the day. Focusing on your breathing as you move allows you to relax and let go of stress. And it's even better when you can break out of four walls and perform the ritual outdoors. Story »


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