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Market City celebrates its 70th anniversary

Let’s start this week’s column with a quiz. Read More

Readers weigh in with questions, comments and commendations

I get a lot of interesting email from readers every day. Ruth Beard told me she has lived here since 1962 and has a lot of memories, “but I have forgotten some of the names of places that no longer exist, and I was wondering if you or your readers could help.” Read More

Olympics in S. Korea inspire quest to learn more

I enjoyed watching the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics the last few weeks. There were some exciting matches in figure skating, hockey and curling — the only sport I could possibly do, at my age. Read More

Hawaii’s Chinese roots run deep through isle history

My Chinese friends and readers often encourage me to write about the history of their ethnicity. That’s why I was happy to hear from Douglas D.L. Chong, president of the Hawaii Chinese History Center. Read More

The Kingston Trio left an indelible memory in Waikiki

Randall McCord of Silver Creek, Ga., wrote to me recently about a great musical group he first saw in Hawaii: the Kingston Trio. Read More

Big Island resident shares life on a sugar plantation

Big Island resident Kenneth Fujii told me about his grandparents’ work at Onomea Sugar Co. plantation in Papaikou, north of Hilo. Read More

A return trip to Hawaii rekindles memories of 1962

I received a letter from Eileen Sherrill, who is now living in Prescott, Ariz. She’s returning to Hawaii after a six-year absence. Read More

‘Companies We Keep’ offers stories of the islands’ history

When my “The Companies We Keep 3” book came out seven years ago, I stopped in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser office to chat with business editors, David Butts and Dave Segal. I asked them to write an article about my book. Read More

Kakaako reverting to origin as residential area

Who was dull, slow, low, underhanded, fraudulent, tricky or mean? That’s the meaning of the word “Kakaako” I found in a 1939 publication of the Hawaiian Historical Society. Read More

How Hawaii organizations and places got their names

A few weeks ago I wrote about how companies and places in the islands arrived at their names. As regular readers of my column know, I often have plenty of leftovers. Here’s another helping. Read More

Rearview Mirror hands out its awards for 2017 favorites

Each year at this time I review stories I wrote about in Rearview Mirror in the last year and pick my favorites. Read More

2017: A year of discovery

Rearview Mirror is a voyage of discovery for me. At the end of the year, I like to review some of the things I learned. Read More

Don Ho’s high-flying dream kept him first in first class

Don Ho dreamed of piloting a Boeing 747. Ho had been in the Air Force and always thought of himself as a pilot, Adrienne Liva Sweeney told me. She was Ho’s personal secretary from 1968 to 1975. Read More

L&L Hawaiian BBQ began as dairy in the early 1950s

Last month I wrote a little bit about L&L Drive-in and how it was named. Two men who were part of L&L’s early days emailed me to share their recollections. Read More

Philanthropist got his start developing Damon Tract

Many of you have heard of Clarence T.C. Ching because of the work his foundation has done recently. Read More

JFK’s assassination led to anxiety at UH

I’ve reported a lot about where people were when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Read More

How Hawaii organizations and places got their names

How Hawaii companies arrived at their names is often interesting in and of itself. I thought I’d focus on that this week. Read More

Kalakaua’s Washington visit full of pomp and circumstance

I caught a snippet of something on TV last week that intrigued me. It said the first White House state dinner was held in honor of our own King David Kalakaua. Read More

Maryknoll School marking 90 years of mission in isles

Maryknoll School just celebrated its 90th year in Hawaii. Its story began Sept. 2, 1927, when six young and adventurous Maryknoll Sisters and a young priest from New York stepped off the liner City of Honolulu onto tropical soil for the first time. Read More

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