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For 36 years Auntie Edna ‘pulled ears’ and eased fears

Updated on  April 23, 2018 at 11:23 pm
For many the transition starts on the long, dark ride from Portland International Airport to Forest Grove. Read More

Artist follows his eye down creative pathway

Updated on  April 16, 2018 at 11:29 pm
It’s difficult to know just how much Anthony Mendivil, avowed reveler in the solitary experience, would enjoy leading a class of young, inquisitive minds, but for sure he has ideas about what he’d like to teach. Read More

Middle school team thrives on gift of speech

You will kindly excuse the proud parents of Kawananakoa Middle School’s speech team members if in reliving the glory of the Alii Warriors’ performance at the Sacred Hearts Speech Festival in February, they invoke the likes of such legendary underdogs as 1954 Indiana high school basketball champion Milan High or the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. David, even. Read More

Teen jewelry designs appeal to retailers

Updated on  April 3, 2018 at 12:18 am
Maddie Lee, a freshman at La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls, didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur, but her early love of arts and crafts and her natural predisposition to staying on task and striving for perfection made the developments of the last year and a half almost inevitable. Read More

Teen model giving back to others less fortunate

Updated on  March 20, 2018 at 6:29 am
Like the runway model she’d worked diligently (and painfully) to become over the last year, Victoria Tan executed her last pivot this weekend with both poise and conviction. Read More

PE teacher embraces obstacles real and otherwise

A former collegiate basketball player and accomplished all-around athlete, Kevin O’Connell can hardly be expected to understand the singular misery of those wall-bracing kids for whom gym class is fraught with waiting humiliations. Read More

The road to Harvard paved with many thanks

Updated on  March 5, 2018 at 11:11 pm
This piece is a 700-word column 26 inches long, and if Kalani High School senior Daniel Huang had his way, all of it would be devoted to acknowledging and thanking his parents and the long litany of teachers, counselors, coaches, advisers and others who have helped him along the way. Read More

Once shy, student is twice bitten by service success

Updated on  February 26, 2018 at 10:24 pm
To hear Marisah Goo speak of the stifling shyness she suffered as a child is to draw on the same suspension of disbelief necessary to imagine Sasquatch confessing a fear of the woods or Wonder Woman intimating a reticence to rock the shoulderless top. Read More

Teenage filmmakers take dive deep into history

Updated on  February 12, 2018 at 10:29 pm
In the halcyon days of their youth, before they signed up for Anthony Vitali’s U.S. history class, Damien Memorial School juniors Van Riva, Kaleo Hino and Joey Gum thought they had experienced the “utmost extreme” of teamwork collaborating on the tactical video game “Rainbow Six: Siege.” Read More

Sacred Hearts senior lends helping hand in poor Nepal

Updated on  February 5, 2018 at 11:56 pm
Ivy Yeoh had seen poverty before, had walked the crowded streets of a Third World country and smelled — felt — the pollution in the air. Read More

Pen pals’ bond still strong after 75 years

Updated on  January 29, 2018 at 10:23 pm
On a bright, cool morning in Manoa Valley recently, 89-year-old Mildred Sakumoto sat at her kitchen table and listened with equal measures of amusement and amazement as her best and oldest friend recounted one of their first exchanges. Read More

Volunteer can relate to migrant fishermen

The boy needed a pair of slippers. Joann Chow calls him a boy because he’s younger than her own son Christopher, a recent college graduate. Read More
Updated on  January 22, 2018 at 10:19 pm

For student, harp sounds all of the right notes

Updated on  January 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm
Quick, name your favorite harpist. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. (No Googling!) Read More

Wrestling coach helps women with self-defense

In a better world, a world of #meneither, not #metoo, the skills and techniques Aaron Sekulich has acquired over nearly 40 years of wrestling and martial arts would have scant application outside the mat, the ring, the dojo. Read More
Updated on  January 8, 2018 at 10:32 pm

Uncle’s death compelled man to seek new career

Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 10:56 am
Born and raised in the area, Michael Brigoli had survived a hardscrabble youth that included a period of homelessness and a year in foster care. Read More

Exclusionary tactics OK in Hawaii — but not that place

There was shock, outrage and lots of tsk-tsking when plans for a high-rise near the Keeaumoku Street Walmart revealed that there would be one entrance for the rich people, who will buy the high-end suites with sweeping views and deluxe amenities, and a separate entrance for those who qualify to rent affordable units in the same huge building. Read More
Updated on  December 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Imaginative teen finds a calling in filmmaking

In the wee window that accounts for her “younger days,” Mae Sebastian was an avid reader with an imagination that strained the limits of her mind’s eye. Read More
Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Young chef taps budding cooking skill to nab prize

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm
When Kapolei resident Melveen Yoshihara had her kitchen renovated last year, she didn’t anticipate the effect the project would have on her 12-year-old son, Achilles, who took one glance at the shiny new cooking space and felt a stirring in his culinary soul. Read More

Paramedic perseveres from tragedy to help others

Updated on  November 28, 2017 at 5:47 am
For nearly 30 years, paramedic Scott Monji has dedicated himself to a profession that he admits exists largely out of mind for many in the community he serves. Read More

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