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On the Scene with Johnny Fortuno

Johnny Fortuno was an apprentice at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard when a friend heard him singing and said he sounded like Elvis. Read More

On the Scene with Kilin Reece

Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 8:27 pm
Kilin Reece grew up a California skateboarder and, like many skateboarders, he became skilled at taking skateboards apart and putting them back together. When Reece got interested in string instruments, he started taking them apart as well. Read More

On the Scene with Claire Chao

Updated on  May 6, 2018 at 1:32 am
When Claire Chao began working on her mother’s oral history in 2008 she anticipated it would be a few anecdotal stories about her mother’s experiences growing up in a wealthy family in pre-Communist Shanghai. Instead it grew into a multigenerational epic. Read More

On the Scene with Puakea Nogelmeier

Updated on  May 1, 2018 at 12:00 am
Puakea Nogelmeier was 18 and on his way to Japan when he stopped in Hawaii “for a weekend.” He never left. Read More

On the Scene With Robert Knight

Updated on  April 23, 2018 at 9:49 am
Long before cellphone cameras, there was a time when rock concert photography was a demanding art form practiced only by a few pioneering professionals. One of those pioneers is Hawaii-born Robert Knight, who is commemorating his 50th anniversary in the business with an updated edition of his beautifully packaged retrospective “Rock Gods: Fifty Years of Rock Photography.” Read More

On the Scene With Gerard Gonsalves

Updated on  April 17, 2018 at 11:09 pm
Gerard K. Gonsalves grew up in Honolulu listening to “Hawaiian music, Kalapana and C&K,” but when he discovered heavy-metal music after high school, he found his life’s calling. Read More

On the Scene With Julianne Chu

Updated on  April 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm
Julianne Chu was crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2018 in November; she had been a top-five runner-up four years in a row. Chu will represent Hawaii at the Miss USA pageant in Shreveport, La., next month; a win would make her the first Chinese-American to hold the title. Read More

On the Scene With Melanie Carrie

Updated on  March 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm
Melanie Camille Michiko Carrie’s father came to Hawaii from France, she graduated fromhigh school in Beijing and earned her college degree in Scotland. She speaks English, French, Spanish, “enough Mandarin to get around and some Swedish.” Read More

On the Scene With Barry Lancet

Updated on  March 24, 2018 at 6:15 pm
When Barry Lancet visited Japan more than 30 years ago, he expected to stay for a few years at most. He was there for more than 25. Read More

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

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