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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, December 5, 2003

Book spotlights 116 U.S. war heroes

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Valor: n. Courage and boldness, as in battle. Honor: n. High respect, as for special merit.

The stories of those who have received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor in combat, define the words "valor" and "honor" better than the dictionary ever could.

In a well-designed new coffee-table book, "Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty," (Artisan, hardcover, $40) photographer Nick

Del Calzo and writer Peter Collier introduce 116 men who wear the medal, including Hawai'i's own U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and 100th Infantry Battalion veteran Shizuya Hayashi of Pearl City.

Each two-page spread offers a contemporary portrait, a brief biography and an essay on the deeds that earned the medal.

Each recipient, in his own way, told Del Calzo and Collier pretty much the same thing: "We were just regular guys, doing our jobs."

Spam e-mail subjects run the gamut

Because we keep track of these things, here's a sampling of what one of our Hotmail accounts got spammed with last week, ranked by number of similar subject lines.

  • Paris Hilton (the heiress and "Simple Life" star, not the hotel): 21.
  • Consolidate debts/credit counseling: 16.
  • Ink-jet printer cartridge solicitations: 11.
  • Miscellaneous porn solicitations: 9.
  • Viagra without prescriptions: 9.
  • Penis enlargements: 8.
  • Product solicitations: 5
  • Vicodin without prescription: 4.
  • Work from home: 3.

Our delete finger is getting tired!

Museum's new exhibit honors the god Lono

The Bishop Museum's exhibit "Lono-I-Ka-Makahiki" opens tomorrow in honor of Lono, the Hawaiian god of peace, fertility, agriculture and healing.

The highlight of the exhibit is the akua loa o Lono, a rare ancient makahiki (the annual rainy season celebration of Lono) image, which has not been on display in its full regalia in nearly a quarter-century.

Two other images of Lono, in his pig form, will be on display for the first time.

The exhibit combines rare items from the museum's collection with works by contemporary artists such as Rockne Jensen, Kawai Aona-Ueoka, Elroy Juan,

Kunane Wooten and Marques Marzon, as well as members of Pa Ku'i a Lua.

For more information, call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.