Americans have long wanted the perfect endless summer. Jimmy Buffett offered them one

It seemed wistfully appropriate, somehow, that news of Jimmy Buffett’s death emerged at the beginning of the Labor Day weekend, the demarcation point of every American summer’s symbolic end. Because for so many, the 76-year-old Buffett embodied something they held onto ever so tightly as the world grew ever more complex: the promise of an eternal summer of sand, sun, blue salt water and gentle tropical winds.

Crossing Rain on Hilo’s weekend radar

For five members of Crossing Rain, Hawaii’s burgeoning boy group, Saturday evening’s concert at Hilo’s Palace Theater is a foray into uncharted territory. But for Jorden Kealoha-Yamanaka, it’s a triumphant homecoming.

Betty White, iconic TV actress and comedian, dies at 99

LOS ANGELES — Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, whether as a man-crazy TV hostess on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or the loopy housemate on “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 99.