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Kokua Line: Smooth-talking scammer latest Social Security fraud

Question: I got a phone message that I think is a scam but it sounds very smooth, much smoother than other calls, so I want to check and report it; I think people might fall for this. Read More

Ferd Lewis: ESPN+ could spell trouble for Spectrum in Hawaii

The Mountain West Conference’s upcoming television contract possibilities — and the University of Hawaii’s potential place in them — just got a whole lot more interesting. Read More

Kokua Line: So-called ‘hotel tax’ applies to sporadic, weekend beach rental

Question: I have a small beach cottage that I sometimes rent out on weekends, if I am not using it. It is tiny. My boyfriend says I have to pay the TAT on it, but I thought that was for hotels. Is he right? If so, do I have to pay it even if my brother or another relative is staying in it? Read More

Ferd Lewis: Max Unger’s retirement ends a long run of Hawaii centers in the NFL

When Max Unger hung up the No. 60 jersey after the NFC Championship game and announced his retirement from the New Orleans Saints over the weekend, it marked more than just the conclusion to a celebrated career. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Common sorrows, uncommon bonds

Glendon and Josh are alike in surprising ways. When light hits their faces from a certain angle, the resemblance is clear. Sometimes their voices are very similar. Read More
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By Request: How to make Wailana Coffee House pancakes at home

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When the Wailana Coffee House closed last October, the pancakes were missed by many breakfast lovers. Read More
 

The Weekly Eater: A perfect fit for Liliha Bakery

All the elements come together perfectly at the newest, third branch of historic Liliha Bakery. Read More

Tech View: VoIP systems offer flexible advantages to businesses

Voice communications are a vital part of any successful business. The technology behind voice calls has changed over time from analog to digital switching, which eliminated human operators, to Voice over Internet Protocol. Read More
 

Kokua Line: Names of judicial applicants kept secret unless they clear panel as nominees

Question: I noticed in the “Legal Notices” section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the state Judiciary expects vacancies for the position of Family Court judge. Interested applicants have an April deadline for applying. Read More

Ferd Lewis: What the Wahine basketball team accomplished was laudable

Of all the college basketball teams in the state — and we’re talking eight of them — the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine could have easily been voted least likely to still be playing. Read More

Ferd Lewis: UH campus is no place for a football stadium

Let’s see now, the nationally ranked University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team attracts 4,497 to the Stan Sheriff Center on a busy Manoa weekend and the place is swamped with traffic, prompting some fans to turn around and head back home. Read More

Column: Abercrombie gives Beto O’Rourke’s presidential candidacy an enthusiastic thumbs up

As the Beto O’Rourke for President campaign arrives in Hawaii, some of the first hands pushing the effort forward belong to former Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Read More

Show Biz: Columnist appeals to Hugh Jackman to make Honolulu stop on ‘Showman’ tour

Would you consider a Hawaii show (or two) in July? Like, squeeze in a busman’s holiday during this pause? Surely, it’s a costly enterprise; but your cast mates will appreciate the Hawaii break, too. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Police chief owes answers on expensive lawsuit deal

Ballard offered no comment on the settlement, and we’ve heard little from the Police Commission, which knew of the lawsuit when it appointed Ballard chief. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Biggest problem, fewest ideas

Everyone agrees on the problem. Nobody knows how to solve it. Impatience is growing that we’re stuck. Read More
 

Ferd Lewis: Being OK in BWC not OK for Hawaii men’s basketball

After the 28-6, NCAA Tournament wonder season of 2015-16, you’d have to say the Rainbow Warriors have been “just OK” in the Big West Conference, as we were reminded with the latest flame-out. Read More

Five-0 Redux: Murder over works of art paints a clear picture of greed on ‘Hawaii Five-0’

Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Five-0 investigate the murder of a window washer and find that the victim is actually a renowned street artist who may have a politically motivated bounty on his head. Read More

Ocean Watch: Finding Dory … or her similarly blue-colored cousin

While sorting through photos from our recent snorkeling trip in Zanzibar, I came across a dozen terrible pictures of blue tangs. Read More

Lee Cataluna: The writing’s on the wall (and it’s mostly really sweet)

Along a nondescript concrete breezeway between Foodland and Don Quijote in Pearl City is an ever-changing testament to the human heart. Read More

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