Six aging structures along the historic Hana Highway on Maui are chosen for major improvements

The state Department of Transportation has identified six bridges that need immediate attention. One of those is the the one-lane Ulaino Stream Bridge on Hana Highway, above, which was built in 1914 and is nearly 16-1/2 feet wide and 39 feet long. Courtesy State Department of Transportation

From the Star Advertiser: The winding drive to Hana is as much about the journey as the destination. The section of Hana Highway from Huelo to the quiet East Maui town features roadside waterfalls, tropical greenery, fruit stands and sheer coastal vistas for the 1,500 vehicles on average that travel daily on the two-lane highway, mostly tourists and residents for whom it is the primary link to the rest of the island.

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Neon lights of Hong Kong fade as modern technology replaces the historic craft of Neon Masters

Hong Kong neon

From CBS News: Hong Kong’s iconic neon glow is fading into history, not just the lights that were once ubiquitous in the city for decades but the people who know how to make them. Ramy Inocencio speaks to one of the last living neon “Masters” about his dying tradition.

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Mr. Lucky’s Oral History: 55 Years of Wild Tales From Phoenix’s Iconic Country Nightclub


Mr. Lucky’s iconic sign in the early 1990s. Douglas Towne

From the Phoenix New Times: J.David Sloan sure plays a mean fiddle. The 79-year-old country musician wails on the stringed instrument tucked underneath his chin as his backing band Western Bred unleashes a rip-roaring cover of George Jones’ “White Lightning” on an outdoor stage at Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon in New River. Clad in a white Western shirt, blue jeans, and a black cowboy hat, his hands and arms are a flurry of motion as he saws at the strings with his bow in one hand and works the fingerboard with the other. He steps to a microphone and sings the lyrics to the Jones’ ode to moonshine.

Sloan and Western Bred are the headlining act at a 55th-anniversary reunion party for Mr. Lucky’s, the iconic Phoenix nightclub and honky-tonk he performed at and later owned. More than 2,000 people have come to the Roadrunner for the event, a lively party with plenty of hootin’ and hollerin’.

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Downtown Las Vegas icon El Cortez Hotel & Casino to commemorate 80 years


Courtesy of El Cortez Hotel & Casino

Cheers to 80 years!

The Downtown Las Vegas Icon El Cortez will celebrate this momentous occasion with 25-million-dollar renovations and a fireworks show on November 6th.

This November, the historic El Cortez Hotel & Casino celebrates its monumental 80th Anniversary as the longest continuously running hotel & casino in the ever-changing landscape of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.

As the only casino listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Vegas institution has stood the test of time thanks to its dedicated owners, who continually seek to elevate the guest experience while preserving the same vintage charm and authenticity that have captivated tourists and locals for 80 years.

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