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You may like David (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, daily circulation approximately 60,000) better than Goliath (The Honolulu Advertiser, 145,000 daily circulation) but on the basketball court, we are the best newspaper in the state. Last month, at McKinley High School gym, the Advertiser beat the Star-Bulletin, 37 to 24, in the Asian American Journalist's Association Media League. From a reporter/small forward's perspective, the Star-Bulletin has no game.

Peter Boylan, The Honolulu Advertiser

Read your feature on the Best of Honolulu and just had to say that it was superb. My wife tells me that I should say you omitted to compliment Rainforest at the Ward Warehouse's effort in keeping lei Hawaiian. They wrap all of their lei in ti leaves and have been the topic of many articles around the world. They should also get an award for keeping every ethnic holiday alive and correct, from kadomatsus and Chinese New Year to authentic Christmases. My wife also loves the mention on alterations at Sew Good. That is a true gem of a find-though now everyone will go there and they'll be too busy to hem my wife's clothes.

Shawn and Rebecca Zamora, via e-mail

John Heckathorn's article on April Masini and her new dating self-help book.

I am writing to set the record straight on a few topics in Mr. Heckathorn's article about me and my book, Date Out of Your League. First, HONOLULU Magazine readers are led to believe that I would need to be prompted and questioned in order to give credit to my ex-husband for his impact on my career and increasing the State of Hawai'i's revenue and film production from 1995 to 2000. Nothing could be further from the truth. As Mr. Heckathorn is aware, I expressed my appreciation, admiration and respect for my ex-husband when speaking with Mr. Heckathorn-and since he has a copy of my book (which he was purportedly reviewing), I think he is also aware that not only is the first chapter of Date Out of Your League about Al Masini-the book is, in fact, dedicated to Al Masini.

The quote from my Web site referred in Mr. Heckathorn's article was, in part, from an article written by David Choo, which was printed in Gov. Ben Cayetano's publication, 'Imi Loa: Remaking Government Renewing Hawai'i. I have enclosed a copy of this article, in case you may be interested in reading it in its entirety.

Moreover, since I do not mention or even allude to Mr. June Jones in my book, I am confused by Mr. Heckathorn's misleading query that when Mr. Jones and I briefly dated, "Was June Jones dating out of his league, as your book suggests?" Mr. Heckathorn's clear implication was that I suggested in Date Out of Your League that when Mr. Jones and I briefly dated, Mr. Jones was "dating out of his league." Since I did not mention Mr. Jones in my book, I am mystified by Mr. Heckathorn's obvious attempt to create the impression that I attacked Mr. Jones. I did not. I have great respect for June Jones and would never do anything to malign him.

My book, Date Out of Your League, is intended to educate, inform and entertain its readers. It is my belief that HONOLULU Magazine's readers have been misled, mistakenly or not.

April Masini, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Dr. Robert Y. Shaw's introduction to the basics of dental health.

Dr. Shaw presented an interesting and informative primer in lay terms about several aspects of dentistry. However, I would like to point out that his statement concerning the percentage of all Americans who drink fluoridated water was grossly understated. While he reported that 5 percent of all Americans drink water containing fluoride, that number is actually 65.8 percent. Unfortunately, in spite of the fact that Hawai'i has one of the worst tooth decay rates in the United States, we continue to prevent the use of this highly effective and very inexpensive method of decay prevention. Despite the unsubstantiated claims of anti-fluoride activists, the fact remains that two-thirds of the U.S. population has consumed fluoridated water, some for more than 55 years, with no ill effects and many of those have never experienced tooth decay as a result. It is pitiful that our keiki have to suffer the pain and destruction of dental decay when much of it could easily be prevented in a very cost effective manner.

Thomas J. Milovina, DDS, Wailuku, Maui


On page 36 of our February 2004 article, "Not Another Dickey Roof!," the building identified as Kähala Nui, a retirement community designed by Architects Hawai'i, is actually the neighboring Star of the Sea Parish Center, designed by Kimura/Ybl & Assoc.

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