renaissance

Keeping the Screens Filled

Our movie theatre is on the endangered list.  In spite of really low admission prices, many great movies and use by the art museum’s film group once each month, it is down to one or two employees, who at times sell tickets and popcorn, too. It needs new electronic signs,...

Royal Hawaiian, a Warning for North Laguna

Editor,   The transformation of the renowned Royal Hawaiian into a noisy neighborhood problem shows the need to balance business and neighborhood interests by compliance with conditional use permit rules. This often difficult process is likely to reappear as owners submit...

Calling for the Check

The menu of local restaurants shrank by two entries unexpectedly with closures at either end of town. Patrons of Royal Hawaiian, a landmark watering hole since 1947 in North Laguna, on Sunday drank up the inventory, including its signature lapu lapu cocktail, in a free-for-all ...

Royal Hawaiian Closure

Editors, While still attending U.S.C. in 1951, we  would drive to Laguna Beach for a day at the beach and dinner at the Royal Hawaiian.  Navy Grogs, “Wiki Wiki” steaks, a salad with a wonderful dressing, and flaming ice cream volcanos for desert;  all  at a price Don...

No Guts

Editor, I clicked up the March 28 Planning Commission meeting that extinguished the life of the Royal Hawaiian and asked myself: What has happened to our town? What has our city government done to us? First they take away our beaches, then our fishing, and now, because of one...

Get a Sneak Peak of High-End Tag Sale

Organizers of Laguna Beach’s Boutique Benefit plan a pre-sale party on Friday, May 4, which supports local and global causes.   For a $40 tax-deductible contribution, participants before shopping can feast between 5 and 6 p.m. at Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway St., which...

Raising a Glass Raises Funds for Glennwood

About 300 people attended the Glennwood Housing Foundation wine-tasting fundraiser earlier this month, which raised surpassed expectations by raising $15,000 for the organization. “The community is starting to understand the need for housing for these young adults with...

‘Hawaiian’ Reigns in Chef Contest

Royal Hawaiian’s executive chef James Harris claimed the trophy “Champion Chef of Orange County” last Sunday, Aug. 21, in the Sunday Night Chef Fights at a showroom in Huntington Beach.   The local culinary match similar to cooking competition shows on television pitted the...