Chris Mellor didn't grow up a disciple of De La Salle football. In fact, he couldn't stand the Spartans while attending another Bay Area high school. "They were the big dogs and nobody could beat them," Mellor said. Story »
Aside from setting the movie in Iceland, the makers of "Land Ho!" don't stray too far from this formula except in the most unfortunate ways: There is no personal growth and certainly no epiphanies. Instead of character arc, we get a plodding straight line. Story »
Chloe Grace Moretz takes on her first real star-vehicle romance in this adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel. Moretz is Mia, a Portland, Ore., high school cello prodigy who, 12 minutes into the movie, is in a car crash. Story »
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, who collaborated in 2005 on the serialized, stylish and brutally satisfying "Sin City," should have stopped there. "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is based on the graphic novel series by Miller. Story »
"When the Game Stands Tall" is a solid if unsurprising and uninspiring melodrama built around high school football, faith-based but "Friday Night Lite." It's the latest of that peculiar sub-genre of sports films. Story »
Every so often, a movie comes along and reminds us of the primacy of the pretty picture. "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" is so gorgeously photographed that it's very much like visiting that exotic island off the coast of Southern Africa. Story »
John Michael McDonagh's 2011 debut, "The Guard," provided the wonderful Brendan Gleeson with a vehicle for some of his best screen work, playing an Irish West Country cop unencumbered by diplomacy skills. Story »
The summer Obon season is nearly here, honoring the Buddhist tradition of commemorating family ancestors, who are said to return to this world to visit relatives. Here is a list of festivities across the state. Story »
Whenever Muslim extremists trigger headlines worldwide for their latest atrocities, Islamic history professor Abdul-Karim Khan of Leeward Community College is approached by students, faculty and friends who ask: How can these terrorists possibly use religion to justify their aggression? Story »
Aug. 25 is the registration deadline for next month's All Believers Network (Belnet) workshop, which will explore similarities and differences in the religious traditions of the world. The Sept. 1 workshop is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Hawaii's Shidler Hall auditorium. Story »
There is rapidly growing awareness that Hawaii needs to reduce its reliance on imported foods and increase food production within the state. Food security is highly dependent on agricultural diversity and sustainability. Story »
A SLACK-KEY AFTERNOON,
Slack-key guitarists Dwight Kanae, left, and Patrick Landeza, and bassist Chris Lau talked with Hawaiian music fan Jason Blair at the 32nd Annual O‘ahu Style Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Sunday at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Kanae and Landeza were two of the 15 ki ho‘alu players whose artistry was showcased during the free six-hour concert. The Slack Key Festival returns to Ewa Beach on Oct. 19.
Kailua's Jonah Ray has come a long way from the nights when he played in punk bands and read funny poems between sets. Back then, in 2001, Ray enjoyed wailing on the drums, but what he wanted most was to make people laugh. Story »
Summer is the perfect time of year to plant a pollinator garden.
Creating a habitat is one of the best ways we can support our pollinators and slow the declines we have experienced in Hawaii due to habitat loss, pesticide usage, disease and introduced species. Story »
By CATHERINE E. TOTH / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
Sue Cowing calls it a “burning wing.” It’s a sharp pain that would flare up under her left shoulder blade whenever Cowing, an award-winning poet and writer, sat for too long at her computer or while writing in her notebook.
Anicea Seiko Campanale and Hailey Berkey have been friends since they were 8-year-olds growing up in California, and although their paths diverged as adults, the two reconnected and partnered to create The Nook Neighborhood Bistro in Puck's Alley. Story »
If California strawberries that stay in California are as good as residents claim, mangoes in Hawaii definitely rival that legend. The sweet and perfectly tender varieties grown on our island seem to dwarf those that are shipped in, still green and well packaged. Story »
A well-deserved surprise musical tribute luncheon for Harold Chang, 86, one of Hawaii's top drummers, was held Aug. 3 at the Musicians Association of Hawaii Local 677 facility. About 175 people packed the place to honor Harold, who hasn't lost a beat. Story »
Actress Michelle Rodriguez, who had a bad-girl image off-screen while portraying Ana Lucia Cortez on ABC's filmed-in-Hawaii "Lost" series, is receiving beaucoup online and TV buzz because she's been dating actor Zac Efron. Story »
Korean cinema is getting a boost late in the summer with "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" hitting more than 10 million tickets sold in the shortest time among all Korean films and "Kundo: Age of the Rampant." Story »
"Slow jams" was the term used in the 1990s to describe songs with slow rhythms, introspective lyrics and heavy, solid bass lines. Vocalist Maryanne Ito and her producers revive that genre with her debut album and toss in an up-tempo dance club cut as well.
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