Scientists believe that smells can trigger strong memories. So it's no surprise that Callman Au is so passionate about orchids, particularly the hanging honohono orchid, which has long, drooping stems rooted in a hanging pot.
Giving up chocolate or taking on more Bible study during Lent are common sacrifices for Christians during 40 days of penitence building up to Easter. Sacrifices of treats and time take willpower. Story »
The Faith in Action Diocesan Drama Community of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu will stage "The Passion of Christ," a two-act play on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, at Windward Community College's Paliku Theatre. Story »
Personal trainer Chris Ranes is no quitter and practices what he preaches. The owner of Fitness Ranes gym spends countless hours encouraging clients with gentle admonishments such as "Don't quit," "Push harder" and "You've got this." Story »
When I mention the word riesling, I'm often met with odd expressions. Sadly, over the years riesling has been categorized in what a friend called the "ugly duckling" section, meaning it is highly underappreciated. But I hope I can convince tasters that it can be a real swan. Story »
LIFE FOUNDATION GOES GLAM AT BENEFIT
1. A preview of Manoa Valley Theatre's upcoming production of "Rent" -- presented by musical director James Mares, left, and cast members Kim Anderson, Shawna Lynn Masuda, Keegan Wada and Buffy Wong, among others -- was one of the highlights of the Life Foundation's Red Dress Ball fundraiser March 1 in the Pikake Room at Blaisdell Center. The troupe shared two songs from the show, "I'll Cover You (Reprise)" and "Seasons of Love," with Wong receiving especially loud audi- ence response when she had the lead vocal in the latter. The MVT production is nearly sold out but tickets are available for the Life Foundation benefit performance March 28. For information, go to www.lifefoundation.org.
Most days the cast and crew are just as busy as their counterparts on any other show, but "Five-0" honcho Peter Lenkov decided to reach out anyway. The executive producer invited a small group of devoted fans to meet him March 1 for breakfast (mostly pancakes) at Wailana Coffee Shop in Waikiki. Story »
During the mid-1940s, the Pacific Coast Professional Football League had one of the best teams in the country right here in Hawaii — the Hawaiian Warriors. But it all came crashing down when several players were involved in gambling and eventually the league folded after the 1948 season. Story »
Every rosarian living in Hawaii recognizes the telltale signs after Chinese rose beetles have made a feast out of the foliage on their rose bushes. Left uncontrolled, these beetles may make a buffet out of every leaf on every bush growing in your rose garden. Story »
With their full flavors, wheat beers have long been among the most popular styles in both Europe and the United States. The most commonly known wheat beers are German- and American-style hefeweizens, with their pronounced banana and clove flavors, pillowy white head and hazy appearance. Story »
We're always on the lookout for the next "big thing," and when it comes to food, fruits and vegetables are where it's at. Kale and acai have become common household words, but what about kohlrabi? Story »
My husband and I disagree on the necessity of balancing the five tastes: bitter, salty, sweet, sour and umami. This is the guy that says he's going off sugar and then justifies eating frosted Pop Tarts because they're "not dessert." Story »
Aidan James, the 12-year-old ukulele wizard, has recorded three versions of "One of the Ones," which he co-wrote with Nashville composer Jeff Dayton. He'll get a national boost when the tune is featured on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" on Friday. Earlier that morn, Aidan will perform it on Hawaii News Now. Story »
The Honolulu Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with many multicultural events from Friday to March 9. A 16-member delegation from Jeju National University will be a part of the festival representing South Korea. Story »
Mark Sloan is always curious and enjoys exploring new environments. He may have already been adopted, but many other animals are available at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Every Wednesday, adoption fees are half off. Visit HawaiianHumane.org.
The Hawaiian Humane Society welcomes questions by e-mail,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate "Pet Ohana" in the subject line. Or, write "Pet Ohana," Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu 96826.
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Potholes, Sewers And Name-dropping
All invoke political luminaries, past and present. All include a brag session: “Look at all the amazing things my administration did for you last year.” And all finish with promises of more wondrous accomplishments to come. Read More »
The First Native Football Player
John Henry Wise, former territorial senator, pastor and creator of the Hawaiian Home Lands Commission legislation, also was the first-ever Native Hawaiian to play college football. Read More »