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The sixth book from local writer Lois-Ann Yamanaka will make readers uncomfortable on its way to making a powerful statement.

Lit Beat

Lois-Ann Yamanaka tells of special meaning behind her new book
Lois-Ann Yamanaka is arguably the Islands' best-known contemporary writer; her sixth book, "Father of the Four Passages" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24), released two weeks ago, hit local best-seller lists its first week.

Lois-Ann Yamanaka's latest novel reaches new level of discomfort

Parents are key to teaching teen drivers to be smart and responsible

PBS documentary creates surge of interest in jazz market
It may be too much to expect a TV documentary to restore jazz to the mass popularity it enjoyed decades ago. But Ken Burns’ voluminous and talked-about “Jazz,” which wrapped up last week on PBS, has created a surge of interest in the music.
Hawai'i Gardens
Cup of gold is an old Island favorite

Cup of gold is an old-fashioned plant that we don’t see so much in Hawai'i gardens these days.
Hawai'i Ways
Life didn't suffer from shortage of money

While Dad remembered the difficult years of struggling to "make a go" - I can smile about those growing-up years between 1943 and 1950.
Art Review
Art academy expansion to benefit public

Come May, nothing at the Honolulu Academy of Arts will be quite the same. The familiar museum at 900 S. Beretania St. will keep its name and outward appearance, but otherwise the public will essentially be the beneficiaries of a new institution.
Art Calendar

"I don't think my parents have anything to worry about. I follow the rules, " says Jessica Rilveria, 17, Mid-Pacific Institute senior and McCully resident.

Gregory Yamamoto • The Honolulu Advertiser

Deb Aoki's Bento Box
Family Calendar
Fun House

Parents are key to teaching teen drivers to be smart and responsible
A new law says drivers under age 18 must complete a driver education program before taking a road test for a license, but instructors say parents have even more influence on young drivers' safety.

Advice just for teens
Classes can be costly, time-consuming

Need health insurance – for your pet?
Everyone talks about the high cost of medical care and the need for insurance. But how about pets? Many pet owners don't know insurance is available for animals, too.

Enter our 'Ohana photo contest
Winners of our family photo contest, "'Ohana in the Islands," will get to see their entries published in an upcoming issue of the 'Ohana section of The Advertiser.

Korean Kite Festival to fill sky with bright colors, energy
The Korean Kite Festival on Feb. 17 at Hawaii’s Plantation Village will give you a chance to check out the differences between Korean- and American-style kites. The event is free to the public.
'Backyard Jam' set for Feb. 24
The Hawaiian Style Backyard Jam, one of the Drug-Free Hawaii Awareness Month activities, will promote drug-free and healthy lifestyles Feb. 24 in Kaka'ako Waterfront Park.
Recruiting donors for teachers
To give Hawai'i teachers a helping hand, Halawa Valley resident Margaret Ulm formed Adopt A Teacher Foundation. Today, more than 1,000 teachers are registered with the program.
Family Matters
Healing plants are often found in our own yards

Not all medicines come in the form of pills. Hawai'i has a number of plants that traditionally have been used to treat what ails us – such as fevers, constipation and boils.
Honorable Mention
Her visions enhance teacher program

On top of her full-time job running Pacific Island Representatives, Margaret Ulm spends more than 40 hours a week working on Adopt A Teacher. The program helps overworked, underpaid teachers.
Popular fitness balls give added bounce to simple exercises

Those balls you may have seen at the gym, called "stability balls" or "fitness balls," provide for a great workout.
Dr. Gadget's Science Machine
Air pressure has impact on many things

Dr. Gadget, in another fun look at science working in the world around us, examines some of the effects of air pressure on humans.
'Voices' speak a message of change

"Na Leo o Na Opio o Hawaii: The Voices of Hawaii’s Youth" is the result of hard work over the past two years by 14 high school editors.
Isle history is topic for essay contest

The 13th Annual Hawaii High School Writing Awards Competition, sponsored by Hawaii Pacific University, will award a $500 prize to the first-place winner. The entry deadline is Feb. 12.
Wayne Harada
Show Biz
Nabors sporting shades; Iz a hit on AOL
Jim Nabors' shiner; Portlock to add Island music to its dinner mix; 'Aloha Waikiki' show at new DFS Gallaria is not to be missed; "Al Waterson and You' marks ninth anniversary.

Island Sounds
Keola Beamer celebrates Island pride in new album
Carrying on a family tradition, Keola Beamer sings of 'ohana and 'aina in his newest album, declaring his unending respect for and admiration of his Island roots.

Audio sample of "Island Born" by Keola Beamer. in mp3 or RealAudio format. RealAudio requires a plug-in.
Audio sample of "Ami Ami Slack Key" by Led Kaapana and Bob Brozman. in mp3 or RealAudio format. RealAudio requires a plug-in.

Joan Namkoong
Quick Bites
Bigger brewpub in Kona
The Brewpub Oasis, part of the Kona Brewing Co. facility in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island, has just expanded to provide more seating. Kona Brewing Co. hopes to play host to small concerts and private functions.
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