Monday, June 27, 2022
by Rob Kay Kimberlee Ke‘ala Bassford is an independent, Honolulu-based documentary filmmaker with a passion for social issues, cultural and women’s stories. Born and raised in Honolulu, she graduated from Punahou and holds a BA in psychology from Harvard and a Masters in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley. Ms....
By Dora Hasan Mekouar - Yogurt, pizza and chicken sandwiches are the rising stars of the American diet, according to a consumer research firm that just published its 29th annual Eating Patterns in America Report. “The real ‘Foods of the Decade’ are not hummus, quinoa, nor kale, and not even Sriracha,” Harry Balzer,...
I will be the first to admit I know very little about the world of transgender women. (Or, for that matter, transgender men).  However, my understanding of the subject expanded exponentially after seeing Janice Villarosa’s documentary “Shunned, what it takes to be a woman” at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Shot...
by Rob Kay On a recent trip to Malaysia I took a detour to Singapore to visit Sanju Goswami, a former Hawaii resident, and good friend. My interest in seeing Sanju was more than social. I was curious how he and his family had adapted to life in Singapore. I...
by Rob Kay and Kurt Stewart We hadn’t been at the Borneo Nature Lodge more than an hour when we hopped on a boat and headed down the fabled Kinabatangan River in Sabah State on the Island of Borneo. As we snaked our way along the banks of the river...
By Rob Kay and Kurt Stewart It’s safe to say that Ipoh, and indeed Malaysia, are not well known to most Hawaii residents. This is unfortunate, because this country is one of the friendliest destinations in Asia. It’s also got a food culture that is second to none. The heart...
By Jessica Berman - WASHINGTON—People with cognitive problems - including memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease - may someday be able to have their memory boosted with electric current.  Researchers used a non-invasive procedure called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to jumpstart a region of the brain that’s involved in forming...
REPORT FROM ESTATELY - The year may be 2014, but that doesn’t mean every American is truly living in the present. There is a large swath of the country that still waxes nostalgic for the decade of the 1980s. For those who still keep time on their Swatch watches there are a handful of...
By Heidi Chang - HONOLULU, HAWAII— After the heavy rains and high winds of two rare, large storms, Hawaiian botanists are hoping the islands’ rarest plants have come through unscathed. Thanks to its geographic isolation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Aloha state is home to an incredible...
  By Jerome Socolovsky - It used to be done mainly at spiritual retreats and in yoga centers, but now mindfulness meditation is practiced in offices, schools, prisons and even the U.S. military. Although it’s been around for decades, the mindfulness movement is being called a revolution. Advocates say it reduces...