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On the Scene with Eileen Tokita

She’s known as “the Egg Lady” for her skill at creating jeweled Faberge-style eggs, and for the classes where she shares her knowledge. Read More

On the Scene With Auli‘i Cravalho

Updated on  March 13, 2018 at 9:57 am
“Moana” star Auli‘i Cravalho’s next project is “Rise,” a NBC drama about a high school theater program from the producers of “Friday Night Lights” and Broadway’s “Hamilton.” Read More

On the Scene with M. Jan Rumi

Updated on  March 3, 2018 at 6:06 pm
M. Jan Rumi is a management consultant by profession and the honorary consul of Morocco and Bangladesh. He began a one-year term as dean of the Consular Corps of Hawaii inFebruary. Read More

On the Scene with Derek Daniels

Two months after graduating from Castle High School in 1981, Derek Daniels was dancing in a Hawaiian show on Guam. It was the first stop in a career that has included stage, television and film work on the mainland, in Japan and Europe. Read More

On the Scene with Jack Doom

Jack Doom, 51, was born in Korea, while his father was stationed there, but grew up in Hawaii. He returned to Hawaii after attending college on the mainland, planning to “hang out for a couple of years,” but never left. Read More

On the Scene with Jose Dynamite

Jose Dynamite decided to come to Hawaii after hearing about the islands’ party reputation while a high schooler in St. Louis, Mo. By the time he graduated from Chaminade University, he’d decided to stay. Read More

On the Scene with Jeff Apaka

Updated on  February 5, 2018 at 9:06 pm
Jeff Apaka was 13 in 1960 when news came that his father, Waikiki superstar Alfred Apaka, had died of a heart attack. In the half-century since that life-altering event, Apaka has lived with the public expectations that often fall on the sons of exceptionally talented or successful men. Read More

On the Scene with Zoe Miner

Born and raised in San Francisco, and a young actor in Los Angeles since middle school, Zoe Miner, 18, decided to go to college in the East. Read More

On the Scene with Jami Zhong

Updated on  January 22, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Jami Wanying Zhong was 10 years old and didn’t speak English when she came to Hawaii from Zhongshan, Guangdong, China. At 21 she speaks English fluently and is Hawaii’s newly crowned 2018 Narcissus Queen. Read More

On the Scene with Jason Taglianetti

Hawaii-born Jason Taglianetti started “playing with sound” when he was 10. He made his first recordings — using cassette tapes and a boombox — when he was 12. He engineered his first show at Army Community Theatre in 1998 and moved to Manoa Valley Theatre a year later. Read More

On the Scene with Kamuela Kahoano

Updated on  January 7, 2018 at 7:19 pm
Kamuela Kahoano grew up in a musical family, the youngest son of entertainer/radio personality/game show co-host Kimo Kahoano. Read More

On the Scene with Rusty Komori

Updated on  December 31, 2017 at 6:10 pm
When Rusty Komori started playing tennis, it became his passion. He played on his high school team and at Creighton University. At 24, he became head tennis coach at Punahou School, where he coached the boys’ varsity team to 22 consecutive state championships. Read More

On the Scene with Howie Mandel

Updated on  December 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm
Toronto-born Howie Mandel was a successful carpet salesmen when someone dared him to try stand-up comedy. Mandel took the dare and found his calling. Read More

On the Scene with Sachi Braden

Updated on  December 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm
In September, Sachi Braden, 68, published her first book, “Being Japanese in America,” a bilingual “cross-cultural primer” on American society as seen by “a successful transplant.” Read More

On the Scene with Joaquin de Luz

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm
Joaquin de Luz grew up in Madrid, studied ballet at the Victor Ullate School of Ballet and danced in Ullate’s professional ballet troupe while still in his teens. He has been a local favorite since 2003 when he starred as the Cavalier in Ballet Hawaii’s big-scale, live-music production of “The Nutcracker” and is one of the troupe’s most popular guest stars. Read More

On the Scene with Murph Dailey

Updated on  December 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm
Elizabeth “Murph” Dailey and her husband, Fred Dailey, sold their construction business in California before moving to Hawaii in 1952, but they didn’t come here to retire. They went into the hotel business, and Fred helped found the Waikiki Polo Club. Read More

On the Scene with Claire Hughes

Updated on  November 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm
Born on Kauai and a graduate of Kamehameha and Oregon State University, Claire Kuuleilani Hughes became the first Native Hawaiian dietitian at the state Department of Health. Read More

On the Scene with Chris Eyre

Updated on  November 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm
Born and raised in Oregon, Chris Eyre is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes who enjoyed photography in high school, studied television production and filmmaking in college, then attended the New York University Graduate Film Program. Read More

On the Scene with Brian Kohne

Updated on  November 14, 2017 at 11:37 pm
When Brian Kohne’s family moved to Maui from Detroit in 1969, the island of Kahoolawe had been used as military bombing target for more than 25 years. Read More

On the scene: Brad Coates

Updated on  November 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm
Los Angeles native Brad Coates got his law degree at the University of California at Los Angeles and then worked for the government of Micronesia before coming to Hawaii in 1978. Read More

On the Scene with Ralph Malani

Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 10:45 pm
Ralph Malani left Hawaii for Los Angeles planning on a career in fashion design, but a friend suggested cosmetology instead. After Malani talked his way into a job with famed Beverly Hills stylist Jose Eber, he was on his way. Read More

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