Acting elevates ‘Green Book’ over other formulaic films

There is a scene in “Green Book” where we first see Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures”) play piano and it’s a beautiful thing to watch because you believe every note and nuance of the music is coming from him personally. That is acting, and that’s what happens when good films are made on a higher level. Mahershala also practiced for months.

Christmas with the Chefs celebrates 30th year with sell out

KAILUA-KONA — When Jean Hull created Christmas with the Chefs in 1989, the then associate professor of culinary arts at University of Hawaii Center-West Hawaii was looking for a way to give her students the money they needed for an education.