Category: Editor’s Desk

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Delivering The Gift Of Sheer Joy

My life changed in a wonderful way Sunday, June 29, at 2:16 p.m., when Kylie Rose Kekai’olaliuli Luat entered the world — and I became a grandpa for the first time. She is the daughter of my daughter Dawn and her husband Kalei Luat. (Longtime readers may recall reading about Dawn’s birth back in 1984 […]

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The Only Way Iraq War Could Turn

I can’t see any way that America can get out of Iraq without the serious involvement and cooperation of the Arabic Sunni Saudis, the Persian Shia Iranians and the Sunni Turks — a treaty among those traditional regional rivals allowing Sunni, Shia and Kurdish homelands in the former Iraq would be a good start, and […]

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Scarred But Hopeful In Myanmar

This is the third in a three-part series. The long-suffering people of Myanmar see their military rather differently from the way we Americans tend to regard our servicemen and women. After five decades of brutal military dictatorship that ended in 2011, during which the generals became incredibly wealthy while bringing the nation’s economy to its […]

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Pleasant Surprises In Myanmar

This is the second in a three-part series. Flying into Myanmar, the last thing I expected was to fall in love … with a river. But that I did, with the mighty Irrawaddy. It wasn’t quite love at first sight, but it didn’t take long after sitting down at a riverside cafe in Bagan to […]

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Myanmar Boat Ride Turns Into More

It is a country with two names, one historically familiar, the other not so much. It’s home to 135 different ethnic groups, some currently in a “peace process” with the government. Centuries of foreign sailors along its 400-mile coastline and traders along its timeless overland trails leading to five modern nations have left their genes […]

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Staycation With A Few Old Friends

I spent several days on Kaua’i during a recent “staycation,” and in many ways it was like connecting with old friends after many years apart. That analogy comes to mind because the vacation happened to include lunch at Ryan’s in Honolulu with Denny Umphreys, who was making his first trip back to Hawaii since moving […]

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MidWeek Readers’ Ghost Stories

Following a recent MidWeek Poll that asked people if they had ever seen a ghost, letter writer Elizabeth Tam responded in shock that each of the five people polled said yes, they had seen a ghost. This came as a relief, she said, after years of ghostly encounters in Manoa – at least she wasn’t […]

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Remembering A Boyhood Hero

I was saddened to hear belatedly of the passing of Joe Francis while I was in Japan recently. He was my first boyhood sports hero – akin, in a sense, to a kid’s first love. It was the mid-1950s, and I was just coming of age as a sports fan at exactly the same time […]

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Of Bows, Brews, Baseball, Balloons

KYOTO – The Land of the Rising Sun is also The Land of Many Bows. So I was reminded on a recent trip to Japan, my third in three years (a string I hope to continue next year). People bow to one another all the time – the formal from-the-waist bow, such as you receive […]

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It Was ‘A Real Nice Ceremony’

He didn’t actually say “Golleeee!” but his soft Alabama drawl had a definite Gomer-esque tone when Jim Nabors exclaimed over the phone: “This was the No. 1 story all over the news yesterday! Can you believe that?” The story, of course, is that Jim and longtime partner Stan Cadwallader, a former Honolulu firefighter and a […]