Category: Editor’s Desk

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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 […]

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A Love Story Amid Social Changes

The story of Wally Yonamine – one of seven local players being honored at the Pro Bowl Sunday (see Page 20 or click here) – cannot be told without including his wife Jane. Yes, Wally had already spent a year playing for the San Francisco 49ers when he met her. But as talented and driven […]

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The Tipping Point On Gun Reform

I enjoy shooting guns. A lot. And I feel fortunate to have grown up around guns – and hunters – in my family and in my neighborhood. Hunter safety was part of my Boy Scout training. I was introduced to my first .357 Magnum in college. Before coming to Hawaii 33 years ago, I was […]

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What The Mayans Really Had In Mind

(Note: I do not anticipate this being my final MidWeek column. Then again, just in case … thanks, it’s been great.) I am no expert in the Mayan calendar that is causing rampant rumors about the world ending Friday. But I have discussed this topic with a medicine man of the Hopi people, who are […]