Thursday, August 5, 2021
BY CHARLES MEMMINGER - Surfers have a reputation of being laid back dudes and dudettes, one with nature and Mother Ocean. But the nasty little secret is that they actually are feral, territorial creatures who both jealously guard their own favorite surf spots from outsiders while shamelessly raiding other...
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - The Mekong River, stained a muddy brown with runoff from heavy rains the night before, makes its way quickly past the town of Luang Prabang (LP), a United Nations World Heritage site that was once the royal capital of the Kingdom of Laos. The boats...
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - It was in 1967 that I flew from New York to Luxembourg on a $169 round trip on Icelandic Air. I picked up a Bug at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, choosing a sunroof over a radio, despite the fact that it pushed...
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - Many of the people I know take pride in having never been to Pearl Harbor. Like New Yorkers who’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty or the top of the Empire State Building…two prototypically tourist experiences, the disclaimer adding to their “kama`aina” credentials. Pearl...
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - From the hillside lookout, one of several along this stretch of road, layered terraces descend toward Banaue (ba now way), both the name of a valley and of a somewhat ramshackle town scenically wedged into the steep-walled confines of surrounding mountains. Terraced fields climb every...
BY GEORGE CHRISTOPHER THOMAS - Not that long ago in Maui, I had the greatest lunch of my life.  The food at Mama’s Fish House is the best, and the lobster tail sandwich is what I strongly recommend. Before we flew back to LA, my girlfriend Joanne and I had...
Setting Sail By Allan Seiden I’m someone who has always wanted to travel, at least since the late ‘40s when my memories of long summers in Maine begin, beautiful days and nights accumulating over the next 15 years. Soon after that first Maine summer I discovered Richard Halliburton’s Wonders...
BY ZOGBY INTERNATIONAL- For a sizeable number of U.S. adults, ghosts are more than just pranksters in costume for Halloween. A Zogby Interactive poll found that 37% say they believe in human or animal ghosts, 23% believe they have been visited by a dead relative or friend, and 20% say...
BY MICHAEL E. TYMN - The pre-release reviews of Hereafter, the new Clint Eastwood directed movie, were quite mixed.  They ranged from “soul stirring” to “spiritual baloney-ism.” “Clint Eastwood's Hereafter considers the idea of an afterlife with tenderness, beauty and a gentle tact.” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It...
The Soroptimist organizations on Oahu are combining for the “Taste of the Arts 2010 ...and all that Jazz!” No more ticket sales. The fund raiser is on September 12, 2010 at the Honolulu Country Club 4:00 pm till 8:pm. See menu below. The annual Soroptimist Taste of the Arts (TOTA) dinner...