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By Star-Advertiser Staff The eruption that started Dec. 20 at the Kilauea summit continued to flow into 2021. Lava activity remained confined to Halemaumau Crater, with no seismic or deformation data to indicate that magma is moving into either of Kilauea’s rift zones, according to the latest Hawaiian Volcano Observatory observations. Vents on the northwest side of the crater were spattering Saturday while erupting lava flowed through crusted-over channels into the lava lake, now about 82 acres in size and about 620 feet deep with a narrow black ledge around it, HVO said. For more information check out the Star-Advertiser...

STORY BY: ANNE LEE | PHOTOS BY: L. TABUDLO Ring in the New Year with a delicious meal from Chef Chai. Owner Chai Chaowasaree has been serving up island fusion-inspired dishes at the Kapiolani Boulevard location since 2013, and wants to welcome everyone to indulge in a festive feast — dine-in or takeout — to celebrate the start of 2021. AL: What did you prepare for us today? CC: We are preparing you one of our signature dishes called Crispy Whole Fish with Chili Ginger Sauce. The fish is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The sauce is Thai and Chinese-style with ginger, jalapeño pepper and scallions. So good! For more information check out our  Dining Out/In feature in the Star-Advertiser  ...

STORY BY: NICOLE MONTON | PHOTOS BY: LAWRENCE TABUDLO   The start of a new year is an exciting time, and what better way to ring it in than with a hearty meal from Zippy’s alongside the people you love. In true Zippy’s fashion, whether dining in or taking out, the options are plenty. As we welcome 2021, staff members at Zippy’s locations across the state are ready to serve you with smiles on their faces and heaping plates of local-style favorites. “We would like to thank the community for all their support, and like everyone else, we are looking forward to a better 2021,” says marketing manager Jeanine Mamiya-Kalahiki. To kick things off for the month of January, expect Mini Combo Meals —...

By Associated Press and Star-Advertiser Staff Dec. 21, 2020 People hoping to get a view of the new Kilauea eruption at Halemaumau Crater are flocking to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today, but officials are urging visitors to be cautious about both the volcano and the coronavirus pandemic. Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane told the Associated Press this morning that the volcanic activity is a risk to people in the park. “It’s pretty spectacular this morning,” she said, “but there are high amounts of hazardous sulfur dioxide gas and particulates and those are billowing out of the crater right now and those present a danger to everyone, especially people with heart or respiratory problems, infants, young children and pregnant women.” For more information check out the Star-Advertiser...

By Dave Reardon It was worth the trip. Actually, it was worth two trips. After the first time, I had to make a second North Shore trek from my home in Kapahulu to get more of Da Bald Guy’s next-level plate lunchery; it’s that good. And, while I was out there, I thought, why not check out how things are going at a couple of landmarks I’d never visited before? Word is the wait times at Romy’s and Matsumoto’s are a lot shorter than before COVID-19 His menu is not extensive, but even with combos in play it takes more than one visit to sample the best of Da Bald Guy, whose real name is James Martin, and is actually Da Bald Guy II....

By Bob Sigall, Special to the Star-Advertiser Merry Christmas! Every year at this time, I issue my Rearview Mirror Annual Awards for those who have made a contribution to Hawaii. Some of them made history, some researched it, some preserved it and some shared it. All have added to the richness that is our Hawaii. Here’s Part 1. I’ll conclude Jan. 1. >> Leslie Wilcox: Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Leslie Wilcox has worked in journalism for 48 years, first at the Kalani High School paper, then the Hono­lulu Star-Bulletin, KGMB, KHON-TV and, for the last 14 years, at PBS Hawaii, where she was president and CEO. She created “Long Story Short With Leslie Wilcox,” a PBS Hawaii interview program that recorded over 330 interesting islanders...

By William Cole Dec. 8, 2020 The annual reflection on Japan’s surprise attack on Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 — a cataclysmic event that triggered America’s involvement in World War II — is usually livestreamed from Pearl Harbor. But this year, due to COVID-19, the 79th observance was broadcast for the first time without a critical presence: that of the aging eyewitnesses and other veterans who are able to relate firsthand the peril and uncertainty that the Unites States endured on Oahu and during the war years. Nor were any members of the public on hand. Last year a dozen stooped Dec. 7 survivors, about 30 other World War II veterans and some 2,000 members of the public attended the commemoration on the...

By Bob Sigall, Special to the Star-Advertiser Dec. 11, 2020 Every December, I look back on the year and write about the interesting things I learned writing Rearview Mirror. This week I wrap up with Part 2 of that highlights series. Marine Corps Air Station Ewa I was surprised to learn that the first military base attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, was the Ewa Marine Corps Air Station. Japanese strategists saw the Ewa plain as the main approach (and exit) to Pearl Harbor, and decided it had to be attacked on the way in. They destroyed 24 planes at MCAS Ewa, killed four Marines and wounded 13 others. MCAS Ewa was founded in early 1941 and was later incorporated into Barbers Point Naval Air...

By Allison Schaefers Dec. 16, 2020 The reopening of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, the state’s largest hotel property, and the start of COVID­­-19 vaccinations in Hawaii are major milestones on the still long and winding road to tourism recovery. HHV’s Tuesday reopening is expected to return some 250 to 300 employees to work. It also has allowed many of the property’s contractors, including Hatsuhana Japanese Restaurant Hawaii, Lappert’s Hawaii, Blue Water Shrimp, CJ’s New York Style Delicatessen, Rocky Japanese Steak Teppan Restaurant and Round Table Pizza, to resume operations. But by week’s end only two of the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s five towers will have opened: the Rainbow Tower on Tuesday and The Ali’i tower, a celebrity playground where Michael...

By Dave Reardon It is consolidation in one sense, expansion in another. MW Restaurant is moving to Velocity Honolulu, where chef-owners Michelle Karr- Ueoka and Wade Ueoka will also reopen their lunch venture, Artizen by MW. The two-floor location in the Symphony building on the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard previously housed Italian restaurant Viaggio Honolulu upstairs and an espresso bar downstairs, in addition to a high-end car dealership. For more information check out Crave in the Star-Advertiser...