Monday, September 29, 2014         


 5 Things We Love
This week we continue our recurring feature in 5 Things We Love spotlighting stuff you have got to do, see, hear, wear, use or eat in Oahu neighborhoods. Today: Waikiki. Coming up: Keeaumoku and Kailua. Send your suggestions to features@staradvertiser.com. Story »
Diana Rice spends countless hours tending to her self-watering container gardens at her Niu Valley home — not because she has to, but because she loves it.  Story »

Everywhere Jean Higgins looked from her spot near the outdoor screen at Sunset on the Beach, she could see people. A sea of faces stretched before her.  Story »

Make your own scary movie in the annual Halloween Video Contest sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now; or spin your most haunting tale of horror and the supernatural in the our annual Halloween Fiction Contest. 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, September 26, 2014
For complete movie listings and schedules, see Friday's TGIF. • ‘Gone with the Wind' • Hitchcock-tober • ‘My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks' • National Theatre Live: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire' • and more
The Sunrise Ministry Foundation is accepting registration for its "Journeys to Wellness III" seminar for healing of the mind, body and spirit from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Community Church of Honolulu, 2345 Nuuanu Ave. Story »


The Jewish New Year High Holidays, which got underway this week with Rosh Hashana, concludes with Yom Kippur celebrations Oct. Story »

Diana Rice spends countless hours tending to her self-watering container gardens at her Niu Valley home — not because she has to, but because she loves it.  Story »

By now you probably saw headlines about a new study that links artificial sweeteners with promoting obesity, disrupting blood-sugar control and increasing the risk of developing diabetes. Story »

It's time again for the Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival, the true foodie extravaganza that spans six days and three islands. The list of participating chefs is incredible and impressive. Story »

 On the Scene

If you want an executive producer to cast you as the next Catwoman, then it's best to consult a cat. Camren Bicondova watched her own cat, Mr. G, and landed the role of Selina Kyle — aka Catwoman — on "Gotham."  Story »

Last month we looked back at the Hawaiians' inaugural football season of 1974, and several readers wrote to tell me of their fondness for the team and the mementos they still have to this day. Story »

While we are all familiar with the mushrooms we find in our grocery stores, I hear concern from home gardeners surrounding mushrooms and other fungi in our backyards.  Story »

Bromeliads are interesting, diverse and unusual plants with varieties ranging from the wispy Spanish moss to the huge Vriesea imperialis to the one edible bromeliad: the pineapple. Story »

Kim Springer never thought adopting a dog was going to help lower her cholesterol and get her into better shape.  Story »

Knee Deep Brewing Co. has built its brand on big, bold, incredibly hop-forward beers. The tiny brewery located in Auburn, Calif., in the Sierra Nevada foothills has quickly captured the hearts of hop-loving craft beer enthusiasts around the country. Story »

Certain food cravings and memories that endure over time cannot be sated, for whatever reason -- a restaurant closure, for example, or the passing of a generation of cooks who held the family's secret recipes. Story »

The plate lunches at Rainbow Drive-In fall firmly in the category of not-broke-don't-fix. Change is unnecessary for purposes of taste or economics (Rainbow already moves 1,600 to 1,800 plate lunches every day, thank you very much). But growth, that's OK.  Story »

Celebrate all things rice at the Fifth Annual Hawaii Rice Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ward Centers. The free event includes cooking demos, eating contests, ono food and more.  Story »

My daughter knows that in our family, food is an expression of love. The other night I made a stew, and she praised the meal between each spoonful. Her proclamations were almost comical, with long sighs as if she was experiencing new levels of flavor. Story »

I'll turn 83 on Oct. 26, and the time has come for me to reduce my weekly Wood Craft output. I'm not throwing in the towel, but I will be slowing down and doing just one column a month that will run on the last Sunday of each month, starting Oct. 26, my special day. Story »

John Rowles, the New Zealand-based singer who was a major Waikiki attraction in the 1970s, will make his first return appearance, headlining with the Elvis Presley TCB Band, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Story »

Spotlight on Korea for HIFF this year is looking really strong with eight great films and a couple of celebrity attendances. Scheduled to appear are megastar Kang Dong-Won, along with director EJ Yong, who will be making his second visit to HIFF.  Story »

Download-only releases are the way many people buy music these days but the traditional hard-copy CD still gives an artist's work an additional level of credibility. Story »

Imagine a Waikiki with considerably fewer coconut palm trees. If the coconut rhinoceros beetle, a native of Southeast Asia, establishes a population in Waikiki, that could become a very real scenario, according to Rob Curtiss, acting plant pest control branch manager for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.  Story »

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