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Diminishing Returns

Diminishing Returns

By Katherine Nichols, New York Times Magazine During the two years leading up to his diagnosis, my husband, a highly respected physician, struggled to communicate and complete work, left me in doubt about his truthfulness, accumulated debt I was unaware of and wrote a series of notes that I found…
The Other Dementia

The Other Dementia

By Katherine Nichols, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine UCSF is at the forefront studying frontotemporal dementia, a wasting disease similar to Alzheimer's that strikes patients at their peak. Dawn spoke with impeccable grammar until she reached her late 40s, when she began struggling to assemble a sentence. Her 8-year-old daughter would…
When Dementia is in the House - Needs Assessment Survey for Young Caregivers

When Dementia is in the House - Needs Assessment Survey for Young Caregivers

Abstract from the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences Objective: To learn more about the needs and experiences of young carers for patients of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in order to create a relevant support website for young caregivers to dementia patients. Methods: Two focus groups were held with a total of…
Hawaii's Quiet Killer: Leptospirosis

Hawaii's Quiet Killer: Leptospirosis

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Magazine Damien Marks had just finished his junior year at Damien High School when he swam with his football teammates at Kapena Falls in Nuuanu. The next day, he became ill with a high fever. Because his parents resided in Kalaupapa, he lived on Oahu with…
The Soy Controversy

The Soy Controversy

By Katherine Nichols and Jay Williams, Ph.D., The Huffington Post The ongoing controversy linking cancer to soy — the healthy, protein-rich alternative to meat and dairy products —is alarming. While there is some element of truth in these assertions, they are profoundly misleading. Here’s what you need to know: Not…
Country Doctors

Country Doctors

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Magazine Commuting between Oahu and Kalaupapa to treat Hansen’s Disease patients sometimes requires innovation beyond Dr. Kalani Brady’s medical expertise. The Honolulu physician flies to Molokai once a week. Yet inclement weather has prevented the plane from leaving the peninsula on three recent occasions. One of…
Hormone Healthy Food Choices

Hormone Healthy Food Choices

By Katherine Nichols and Jay Williams, Ph.D., for the Huffington Post When hormones become unbalanced, they can negatively affect our health, put us at risk for cancer and heart disease, and destroy our mood and productivity. No matter what your age, consuming the right foods is a natural and effective…
Find Your Balance

Find Your Balance

By Katherine Nichols, For Runner's World One morning about five years ago, I realized that I needed help.... I skipped my run to finish an assignment before my kids got out of bed.
Classic Abs

Classic Abs

By Katherine Nichols, Shape Magazine Depending on your geographical coordinates, you already may be donning chat cute little T-shirt that creeps up to reveal what you hope is a flattering sliver of midriff. If not, you will be soon enough, so consider it crunch time! Lose the gimmicks and the…
Renaissance Woman: Model-Athlete Gabrielle Reece

Renaissance Woman: Model-Athlete Gabrielle Reece

By Katherine Nichols, HiLuxury Magazine On a long, steep, narrow, muddy road with sweeping views of the Hanalei River and Na Pali mountains, Gabrielle Reece negotiates a massive Ford truck – equipped with four-wheel drive and a toddler’s car seat – toward an excavator clearing trees where her new home…
Actor Shia LeBeouf: Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg, and Yale

Actor Shia LeBeouf: Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg, and Yale

At 21, Shia LaBeouf may be the biggest movie star whose name leaves you tongue-tied. For the record: It's SHY-a La-BUFF—and he's currently at your multiplex, starring as a plucky surfing penguin in the animated movie Surf's Up and saving the world from nasty robots in Transformers. Not bad for…
Interview with “Lost” star Michael Emerson

Interview with “Lost” star Michael Emerson

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Like the character he plays on “Lost,” Michael Emerson is intelligent, witty and charming. But unlike Benjamin Linus, there’s no disturbing subtext to any of these attributes. On a recent Saturday, the guest star who has become a regular force on the show was gracious…
Sopranos Star James Gandolfini Ties the Knot

Sopranos Star James Gandolfini Ties the Knot

By Katherine Nichols, People Magazine James Gandolfini and fiancée Deborah Lin tied the knot Saturday in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, a wedding guest confirms to PEOPLE. "There was a nice big kiss at the end with both hands on the cheeks" as The Sopranos star and Lin officially became…
Hanging with Pierce Brosnan, Dennis Quaid, and Virginia Madsen on Maui

Hanging with Pierce Brosnan, Dennis Quaid, and Virginia Madsen on Maui

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Interviews with Pierce Brosnan, Dennis Quaid, Virginia Madsen, Felicity Huffman Nothing appears to bother Pierce Brosnan. Then again, he’s the former James Bond, with talent enough to sing and dance alongside Meryl Streep in the musical comedy “Mamma Mia,” slated to open next month. And…
Lost In Luxury: Profile of actor Daniel Dae Kim

Lost In Luxury: Profile of actor Daniel Dae Kim

By Katherine Nichols, HiLuxury Magazine Early afternoon sunlight radiates off the azure ocean peppered with earth tones of coral reef behind actor Daniel Dae Kim, posing beachside at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Several hours into hisHILuxurycover shoot, he’s dressed in jeans and a velvet Ferragamo number better suited for…
Shooting with Tom Selleck on Lanai

Shooting with Tom Selleck on Lanai

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Magazinetom-selleck-on-lanai
Garrison Keillor behind the scenes: Genius at work

Garrison Keillor behind the scenes: Genius at work

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Three hours before “A Prairie Home Companion” begins at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, Garrison Keillor starts to contemplate the 20-minute monologue he will deliver without notes on live radio to an audience of millions. Something about missionaries, he decides. Did any missionaries come from Minnesota?…
Young & Rich

Young & Rich

People Magazine High School Musical’s hot couple … Who’s richer: Zac or Vanessa? • Power Couple Real-life sweethearts Zac Efron, 19, and Vanessa Hudgens, 18, nabbed big bonuses when the Disney Channel movie scored, got raises for the sequel according to The New York Times and recently vacationed in a $3,100-a-night…
Emmy Winner Michael Emerson

Emmy Winner Michael Emerson

By Katherine Nichols, HiLuxury Magazine Playing Benjamin Linus on Lost earned him an Emmy, but actor Michael Emerson’s off-screen wit and tireless artistic dedication truly make him a star. Michael Emerson arrives early for the photo shoot at a studio in Kakaako with plenty of paraphernalia. There are linen slacks…
Christina Aguilera in Waikiki

Christina Aguilera in Waikiki

For People Magazine ...Also recently separated, Christina Aguilera has taken her split with Jordan Bratman one step further. On Oct. 14 the pop star, 29, filed for divorce before flying to Honolulu's new Waikiki Edition hotel with a group of pals for a weekend that included a sunset sailing trip…
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on Maui

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on Maui

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Felicity Huffman seemed surprised to hear that her athletic endeavors inspire women. "I do?" the down-to-earth actress said, laughing. "Even though I run a 10-minute mile?" With encouragement from her trainer, Kirsten Hultgreen, Huffman first completed the run portion of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon --…

On the set with "Saturday Night Live" star Rob Schneider

By Katherine Nichols for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin An assistant offers strips of tape to comedian Rob Schneider, who removes his pants to secure the flesh-colored stocking that amounts to less than a rudimentary loincloth. Tape anchored, he crab-walks with a pinched face, muttering “Ow!” and a few unprintable words as…

Keeping up with Richard Dreyfuss

By Katherine Nichols for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin Everyone wants to know how KHON anchor Joe Moore recruited an Academy Award-winning actor like Richard Dreyfuss to participate in “Prophecy and Honor,” about the court-martial of Billy Mitchell. Actually, the lure of a free trip to Honolulu made it a fairly simple…
Pure Kauai

Pure Kauai

By Katherine Nichols for Town & Country Travel For the ultimate in a tailor-made rejuvenating holiday, look to Pure Kauai, which plans wellness retreats on the northern shore of Hawaii's "Garden Isle" for celebrities, executives, newlyweds and others seeking pampering and privacy.
Rain Forest Retreat

Rain Forest Retreat

By Katherine Nichols, Town & Country Magazine
The Art of Spa: Taking Care of Me

The Art of Spa: Taking Care of Me

By Katherine Nichols, Aloha Airlines Magazine Interviewing Brad Pitt for the entire day might have been a better assignment. But instructions to luxuriate in several spas on the Big Island of Hawai'i finished a close second. Off I went into a world of steam baths and orchid oils and "Here…
Moab, Utah: Rugged and Romantic

Moab, Utah: Rugged and Romantic

By Katherine Nichols, Lifestyle writer specializing in health, fitness, and travel for the Huffington Post Aside from a bevy of devoted mountain bikers who pay homage to the place every year in the 24-hour Mountain Bike National Championship, Moab, Utah, doesn’t usually hover at the top of most people’s vacation…
Vera Wang Suite at the Halekulani

Vera Wang Suite at the Halekulani

By Katherine Nichols, Town & Country Magazine
Adventure on the Back Road (with kids)

Adventure on the Back Road (with kids)

By Katherine Nichols, Honolulu Star-Bulletin At home in Rye, N.Y., Robbie Howard was building a $22 million house for a client. But on this day in a campground in Yellowstone National Park, the developer was in charge of laundry. He emerged from his tent, borrowed a rope and rigged a…
Knead Me, Feed Me, Pamper Me Forever: How the One Percent do Kauai

Knead Me, Feed Me, Pamper Me Forever: How the One Percent do Kauai

By Katherine Nichols, Aloha Airlines Magazine Like most writers, I fashion theories about an assignment before ever making a phone call or stepping away from my desk. So it follows that I thought I understood everything there was to know about custom spa vacations before I ventured into the realm…