As kumu hula Kaleo Trinidad thumps his pahu drum, the men of Ka Leo o Laka i ka Hikina o ka La move with masculine grace to the beat. Their unified voices, powerful and strong, resonate through a school gym in Kaneohe, a look of fierceness and resolve on their faces as they rehearse for next month's 52nd MerrieMonarch Festival in Hilo. Story »
The heroine of Michael Schmicker's novel "The Witch of Napoli" may have been born in the mid-19th century, but she is a heroine for our time. Story »
Elyse Dinh gets a ride from Ova Saopeng in a scene from “Global Taxi Driver” performed by the East West Players in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district. In the background are Kenesha Hemmings, Shan Dasani, Joshua R. Lamont and Marcos Najera. Playwright Leilani Chan, a Honolulu native, gathered the true taxi tales related in the play while touring with her play “Refugee Nation.”
By David A.M. Goldberg / Special to the Star-Advertiser
How accurately would every single negative thing anyone has ever said about you reflect or approximate who you are? Would that accumulation be interesting enough to make your life a work of art? Story »
When life hands you shards, make a decorative multilevel planter. Diane Moses, community relations specialist at the Board of Water Supply, likes to save pieces from broken terracotta pots and ceramic plates as the materials for building eye-catching planters. Story »
The recent tropical cyclone devastation in Vanuatu demonstrated the vulnerability of living on islands. With Hawaii being the most geographically isolated islands in the world, clearly we are vulnerable to similar natural disasters. Story »
Selecting a wine can be an overwhelming process for many wine drinkers faced with the multitude of bottles and labels lined up on shelves. I've heard countless times that, in the face of confusion, people will select a wine based not just on sale prices, but even pretty packaging or an eye-catching label. Story »
MISS HAWAII HOPEFULS HOST FUNDRAISER
Miss Kahala Alexandra Roth, left, Miss North Shore Keala Patterson, pageant consultant Leilani Keogh and Miss East Oahu Halialani Parish surveyed the crowd of supporters and well-wishers at the three titlists’ fundraiser luncheon March 22 at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Ward Warehouse. Roth, Patterson and Parish are among the field of more than two dozen women who will compete for the title of Miss Hawaii on May 30 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.
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Plants are amazing! They need no added nutrients to germinate. Once they sprout, they'll need fertilizer to grow but inside each little seed is the energy and food required to reproduce another plant. Each seed capsule also retains information of environmental pressures to where it was grown. Story »
Jennifer Metz Kane has been shopping without plastic bags for more than three years, and it's not because she's getting ready for the plastic bag ban that begins July 1. It's part of a journey she began in 2010. Story »
Freddy Bolosan, left, observes George Kam working on the speed bag at the Nuuanu YMCA. Bolosan learned speed boxing from Kam, a longtime speed-boxing instructor who volunteers three days a week at the YMCA, giving one-on-one lessons.
Over the past two years, we have seen beers from dozens of new and exciting breweries come to Hawaii, offering endless choices from practically every corner of the globe. But one U.S. state in particular has really increased its presence here. Story »
If your mission is to save money and eat better by packing healthier home lunches, the Mason jar is ready to be your friend. The container that revolutionized home canning more than 150 years ago is undergoing a revival as a receptacle for grab-and-go meals. Story »
My father is an adventurous foodie, but there are a few classic foods he can never pass up on. If you take him to an ice cream parlor, he will always order vanilla. If there is a pork chop that promises to be perfect, he will get it. If there is bread pudding on the dessert menu, he has eyes for nothing else. Story »
Author Graham "Sandy" Salisbury, who has island roots, will be inducted as an honorary member into the 100th Battalion Veterans organization May 5 at the 100th clubhouse. Salisbury will be joining a list of only 25 other honorees. Story »
Steak lovers are celebrating the opening of Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Seoul. The restaurant, which opened Monday, is located in the pricey neighborhood of Chungdam-dong. It has two floors and can hold up to 200 people. Story »
"On budget and on schedule." No, we're not talking about the Honolulu rail project but about Kuana Torres Kahele and his almost unprecedented commitment to record and release six full-length albums — each one a collection of new songs about a different Hawaiian island — over a three-year period starting in 2014. Story »
Aggression isn't something familiar to a lot of folks, so when confronted with a violent situation, many people don't know how to respond. Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed by the Israeli military, can help. Story »