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Name in the News: Jerri Chong

When Jerri Chong became president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii, it completed a kind of circle. There was a time when she would have needed its services. Read More

Jen Stasch: The director of Partners in Care counts the homeless and reaches out to them

Jen Stasch, director of Partners in Care, is about to embark on the nonprofit’s major project of the year: the Point-In-Time count of the homeless population, which will take place Jan. 22. Read More

Dolan Eversole: Coastal geologist helps find solutions to preserving Waikiki Beach

Beach erosion, near-shore water quality, protection of surf sites and public safety are surfacing as top concerns in the fledgling Waikiki Beach Management Plan, called Ho‘omau ‘O Waikiki Kahakai (Waikiki Renews Itself), which aims to serve as a guide in the shoreline community’s effort to chart its future. Read More
 

Lee helps local folks get into homes in tight market

Sue Ann Lee, president of the Honolulu Board of Realtors, had a lifetime of juggling many things to make her way in the working world. Read More

Lisa Fowler: Hawaiian Humane Society’s new CEO

Construction of Hawaii’s first high-volume spay-and-neuter clinic is underway at the Hawaiian Humane Society’s Moiliili shelter. Read More
 

Hawaii’s Democratic Party chairman focuses on environmental, social justice

The Democratic Party of Hawaii represents almost the entire political spectrum in the state. That’s the way DPH Chairman Tim Vanderveer sees it. Read More

Gavin Thornton: Hawaii Appleseed co-director helps the poor, and aims to untangle the state budget process

Shortly after graduating from the University of Virginia’s law school in 2002, while working as an attorney in Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Kona office, Gavin Thornton discovered that the state had been overcharging public housing tenants for more than a decade. Read More

John Hara: The distinguished architect emphasizes environmentally friendly projects

Architect John Hara’s practice is devoted to planning and design of sites and buildings, with an aim to continually “redefine the contemporary language” of Hawaii’s architectural traditions. Read More

CFS’ new head, Karen Tan, focuses on help, “from twinkle to wrinkle”

Karen Tan now occupies a different job at the nonprofit Child & Family Service — president and chief executive officer, moving into her office at the health and human services agency’s downtown location. Read More

David Earles: Hopes to help build a healthy future for troubled zoo

Last year was a difficult one for the Honolulu Zoo. After long grappling with trouble spots such as inconsistent annual city funding and instability in leadership due to a revolving-door situation in the director’s post, it lost accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Read More

Kealoha Pisciotta: The activist leads the fight to keep the Thirty Meter Telescope off Mauna Kea

The fight is not over for Kealoha Pisciotta, who from her Big Island home for years has led the Mauna Kea Hui petitioners against the Thirty Meter Telescope. Read More
 

Bobby Lee: The firefighters union chief sees hard lessons in the Marco Polo condo fire

The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA) serves as the bargaining representative for some 1,900 active-duty and 1,000 retired firefighters in Honolulu, other counties and firefighters protecting our state airports. Read More

Brennon Morioka: The former HART deputy director leads HECO’s efforts to expand use of electric vehicles

Brennon Morioka, 48, newly the Hawaiian Electric Co. manager for electrification of transportation — dealing with electric vehicles of all kinds and the systems that link them to the power grid — has been on the learning curve a few times already. Read More

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