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Warning: Howard Dicus thinks for himself and is hard to pigeonhole in our partisan world. Despite blogging, he's been known to spell words properly and use reasonably good grammar. But, more in the blogging spirit, you never know what we'll write about next.


Nicole is Hawaii News Now's social media doer, web writer and a former 5 p.m. producer, But she most identifies as a mom of two boys who survive with both parents in the biz. Fueled by laughter and coffee, Nicole shares parenting headlines and all things that keep her sane(ish).


Waking up before dawn every day for our ‘Sunrise’ morning show means Ian Scheuring has lots of time to take you “Behind The Screens” at Hawaii News Now once the show signs off. Be ready for news, sports, pop culture and whatever else crosses his mind.


Bloody Marys and the difficulty of nailing down history

Starwood’s St. Regis hotel chain is celebrating what it erroneously calls the 80th anniversary of the invention of the Bloody Mary cocktail, as I discovered this morning when I was assigned to interview two nice people from the St. Regis resort at Princeville. The chain assigned its chefs and beverage…


Eastern Ukraine’s deadly buffoons

It’s not a chapter of American history one often hears about, but American settlers moved to Mexico, promising to behave as Mexican citizens, only to rise up in a separatist movement and create the Republic of Texas, intending from the start to turn that republic into one or more U.S….


Winners from Hawaii Coffee Ass’n cuppings

There was a tie this year in the commercial cupping competition at the Hawaii Coffee Association Sixth Annual Cupping Competition. Rich Wicklander’s Aloha Hills Kona Coffee, a typica varietal, tied with the Maui Mokka coffee that Kimo Falconer’s Maui Grown Coffee grows above Lahaina. For coffee civilians, there are two broad kinds…


A caffeinated weekend in Kona

I’m back on the Traffic Isle after a lovely weekend in Kona. Let me start with a Kona sunset photo that is atypical because of its striking portrayal of the weather front that brought so much rain to other Hawaiian shores while we in Kona remained sunny, hot and dry….


Disaster and new social media

The Malaysia Airlines jetliner shootdown in eastern Ukraine is a calamity, a crisis, a tragedy – and a milestone in the evolution of news coverage that officials and troublemakers ignore at their peril. Never before have social media played such a big role in getting information to the world fast….


Music Post: Theme and Variations

President Kennedy said America would go to the Moon, not because it was easy, but because it was hard. I think composers write music in a theme-and-variations format, not because it lends itself to good music but because it doesn’t. Variations on a theme is a form of hotdogging it,…


Honolulu development: The view from the top

You’ve got to go where the story is, and for me the story was more than 400 feet up in the air, where, at least this week, one can find the top of the building that will be called 801 South Street Tower One. Project publicist Barbara Tanabe hadn’t meant to…


Music Post: Music in black and white

Did you know that we know who invented the piano? Bartolomeo Cristofori lived from 1655 to 1731. He was the guy in charge of maintaining musical instruments for the Medicis. He went to work for them when he was 33, when Bach was three. Organs and harpsichords were all over…


The new Harry Potter story

That’s what some news reports are calling it: the new Harry Potter story. Actually, it’s a parody of British tabloid journalism, a snarky account “by Rita Skeeter” of the Daily Prophet of a thirtysomething Harry Potter with wife and two sons attending the Quidditch World Cup Finals. I had to…

Pinterest picks: Chocolate fruit dip

Pinterest picks: Chocolate fruit dip

I found this pin for a healthy chocolate fruit dip that looked easy enough to make, so I gave it a shot — and oh my gosh — it was a huge hit.  My little family devoured this diet-friendly chocolate dip in a single setting. It only took a few…