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HONOLULU Magazine’s annual quest for the
best in local products and services.

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

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.