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Name in the News: Kealii Lopez

Like everyone else, Kealii Lopez knows the political dominance the Democratic Party of Hawaii has enjoyed. Read More

Name in the News: Dan Epstein

Special Olympics Hawaii began taking shape in 1968 — the same year the movement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and summer games were staged in Chicago. Read More

Name in the News: Thomas Travis

It had to be difficult for Thomas Travis, now the administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, to contemplate the changes to the landscape resulting from the Kilauea eruption. Read More

Name in the News: Kim Bartenstein

On the Garden Isle, where nearly 50 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period in mid-April, touching off flooding and dozens of landslides, the Hawaii Foodbank started making deliveries before the storm subsided. Read More

Name in the News: Michael Stollar

Michael Stollar, 59, had been with the Hawaii Medical Service Association for almost 32 years when he took over as its president and CEO about five months ago. Read More

Name in the News: Christina Kishimoto

The biggest potential public-schools win during this year’s legislative session is a proposal asking voters whether to establish a surcharge on investment real property to serve as a funding stream for Hawaii’s statewide system. Read More
 

Name in the News: Betty Lou Larson

Betty Lou Larson retired officially in 2010 at Catholic Charities Hawaii after almost 30 years of work, culminating in her post as housing programs director. Read More

Name in the News: Summer Kupau-Odo

Wrapping up next week is a 30-day period during which public comment on an analysis of reef fish collection — prepared by the aquarium industry — may be submitted to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Read More

Name in the News: Dawn Lippert

Dawn Lippert earned her degree in environmental studies from Yale University, and it didn’t take long after graduation for her to be drawn into the ambitious clean-energy goals of the far-off 50th State. Read More
 

Name in the News: Makena Coffman, professor and urban planner

Over the next several decades, we can expect to see climbing rates of coastal flooding and erosion among other climate-related troubles in the islands. Read More

Name in the News: Christine van Bergeijk

Christine van Bergeijk points out the white tern that has settled, somewhat permanently, into a tree outside her Fort Street Mall office. Read More

Q&A with Simon Treacy, new president of Howard Hughes

The new president of Howard Hughes in Hawaii charts an “exciting” future for Kakaako. Read More

Punky Pletan-Cross: Hale Kipa’s CEO finds joy and inspiration in troubled youth on the mend

At Hale Kipa, a social service agency that assists some 2,000 at-risk youth and their families statewide each year, youth are not viewed as limited by their personal histories or behaviors. Rather, they are seen as packed with potential. Read More

Cindy Among-Serrao: Ocean Count coordinator directs volunteers who count whales

Shortly after sunrise on the last Saturday in January, February and March — the peak of the annual season in which humpback whales travel here from Alaska and other northern areas — volunteers on three islands grab binoculars and head to shoreline survey sites. Read More

Name in the News: Joshua Wisch, new ACLU-Hawaii executive director

Joshua Wisch would have favored rebranding this interview series as “Names in the News.” Read More
 

Shari Chang: Hawaii Girl Scouts CEO helping to develop female leaders of future

The oldest council west of the Mississippi, Girl Scouts of Hawaii launched its first troops — sponsored by Queen Liliuokalani — just five years after the scouting movement was founded in 1912 in Georgia. Read More

Linda Chu Takayama: State tax director tackles formidable task of modernizing an antiquated system

In the coming days of the Legislature, nobody expects anything but confirmation for the interim appointment of Linda Chu Takayama as director of the state Department of Taxation. Read More

Steve Mechler: The Outdoor Circle’s president works to preserve Hawaii’s natural beauty

Founded in 1912, The Outdoor Circle’s plantings in public places began that year with 28 monkeypod trees in Aala Park, bounded by Nuuanu Stream and Chinatown, followed by bougainvillea vines along the canal on River Street. Read More

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