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Keepers of the Kaona: How These 6 Kumu Preserve Hawai‘i’s Hula Traditions

These kumu hula have worked tirelessly for decades to ensure that the kaona, knowledge and traditional practices shared by their mentors are passed on to the next generation.
2017.11.22 11:55 AM

John John Florence Discusses His Chances of Being World Surf Champion (Again!)

As the 2016 champ returns to his North Shore home to compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, he’s taken a slim lead going into the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
2017.11.21 03:45 PM

John John Florence Wins Hearts at the Hale‘iwa Hawaiian Pro

Moments after emerging, dripping, from fighting his way into second place in his Nov. 19 heat in sloppy surf, Florence takes a half hour to chat and sign autographs for the next generation of John Johns. “It’s unruly, but it’s fun,” he says to HONOLULU.
2017.11.21 03:43 PM

Did Tulsi Gabbard’s National Ambitions Just Suffer a Political Hit?

A “New Yorker” magazine profile raises questions about a circumstantial relationship with controversial spiritual mentor Chris Butler—but also spurs charges of religious intolerance.
2017.11.20 05:37 PM

Honolulu Police Department’s First Woman Chief Spent 32 Years on the Force

Maj. Susan Ballard earlier spoke out on cronyism and ethical violations. Now she has the top job.
2017.10.27 09:54 AM

Quote Unquote: Improv Your Life with “Hawai‘i Five-0” Actress Kimee Balmilero

Local actress Kimee Balmilero is putting on the Hawai‘i Sketch Comedy Festival on Oct. 21 at the Honolulu Museum of Art and Oct. 22 at The Arts at Marks Garage.
2017.10.19 08:55 AM

Quote Unquote: Why the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra Needs $997K by September

Michael Titterton was the voice, president and general manager of Hawai‘i Public Radio from the time he moved to O‘ahu in 1999 until last year when he retired. Now he’s got a new gig: president of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra.
2017.08.04 10:17 AM

So, What’s It Really Like to Be on the Food Network?

Food blogger and mom Amy Pottinger from Honolulu shares her experience on Food Network Star.
2017.08.02 12:01 PM

Quote Unquote: This Chief Happiness Officer Can Help You Find Your Happy Place

As chief happiness officer at Happiness U, Alice Inoue encourages people to be their best selves.
2017.07.10 11:51 AM

7@7: Hawai‘i State Rep. Chris Lee Gets Real About One Question He Hates Answering

We caught up with the ‘Iolani alum in between work trips and community events, and learned about a crazy ex encounter, his love for Mickey D’s and how he used to spend his Friday nights.
2017.07.05 09:00 AM

So What, Exactly, Does a Master Sommelier Do?

In honor of National Wine Day (May 25), Patrick Okubo describes his job in wine education at Young’s Market.
2017.05.24 09:00 AM

Quote Unquote: Why Hawai‘i Rep. Beth Fukumoto Left the State GOP

As a millennial Republican woman representing Mililani and Mililani Mauka since 2012, Rep. Beth Fukumoto, 34, made headlines. But the youngest person to serve as Hawai‘i’s House Minority Leader felt increasingly isolated from her colleagues, alienated by the remarks of President Donald Trump and in March announced she was leaving the state GOP.
2017.05.12 09:12 AM