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STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                While most kids are already celebrating the joys of carefree summer days ahead, some are trying to come to terms with saying goodbye to their favorite teacher for a final time.

Favorite-teacher affection lasts after school’s pau

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                While most kids are already celebrating the joys of carefree summer days ahead, some are trying to come to terms with saying goodbye to their favorite teacher for a final time.

Updated on  May 29, 2017 at 10:24 am
When I hear my daughter speak so highly of her teacher, I’m reminded of my enduring affection for Mrs. Low. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013
                                Visitors in Waikiki use sunblock to avoid sunburn on a hot summer day in Honolulu.

When in the sun, covering up trumps exposure

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013
                                Visitors in Waikiki use sunblock to avoid sunburn on a hot summer day in Honolulu.

Updated on  May 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm
I see old photos of myself looking fit and radiant with a rich, coppery glaze, and look down at my pale legs and wonder if a short session in the sun would return my skin to a healthy glow. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / FEB. 10
                                Traffic inches along Kalanianaole Highway heading westbound in east Honolulu on Feb. 10.

Living with traffic turns car into second home

JAMM AQUINO / FEB. 10
                                Traffic inches along Kalanianaole Highway heading westbound in east Honolulu on Feb. 10.

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 10:31 am
Like so many other commuters, every morning we pack up the car for a long trip through traffic. Once we leave home in Pearl City, we’re not venturing back, so we bring everything we need for the day. Read More
COURTSY PIXABAY
                                “Marriage is not easy. I know. This is my second one. So I’m grateful every day for my husband, our commitment to our family and the life we are building,” writes Zenaida Serrano in this week’s column.

Simple delights keep marriage happy

COURTSY PIXABAY
                                “Marriage is not easy. I know. This is my second one. So I’m grateful every day for my husband, our commitment to our family and the life we are building,” writes Zenaida Serrano in this week’s column.

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm
In a ballroom filled with hundreds of our closest friends and family, my husband channeled his inner Michael Jackson and moonwalked across the dance floor, rousing our unsuspecting guests into ajubilant ovation. Read More
COURTESY CHRISTIE WILSON
                                The author gets ready for summer camp in 1965.

At summer camp, merry, merry queens of the bush were we

COURTESY CHRISTIE WILSON
                                The author gets ready for summer camp in 1965.
Today’s Summer Fun Guide got me hiking down the dusty trails of my memory to a summer more than 50 years ago at Camp Paumalu in the forested ridges above Sunset Beach. Read More
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Rules of potluck never waver until someone steals your forks

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Updated on  April 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm
If you had asked me 10 years ago what the rules of a potluck were, I would have said they started and ended with make sure you have enough to share. But after 13 seasons of baseball, seven seasons of soccer and one season of cross-country, I am a little more seasoned. Read More
 
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014
                                Racers at the start of the 2014 Hapalua Half Marathon in Waikiki.

Hapalua remains a goal and a journey

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014
                                Racers at the start of the 2014 Hapalua Half Marathon in Waikiki.

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 10:32 am
The Hapalua was created six years ago by the folks behind the Honolulu Marathon, and I’ve run it since the first race set off from the Duke Kahanamoku statue in Waikiki. Read More
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True friends provide support through celebrations, tragedy

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Updated on  April 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm
Over the past 30-plus years, our get-togethers have evolved from birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese to hotel parties after prom to club-hopping nights throughout college to holiday potlucks at each others’ home with our families. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “At the library where books are free, how can I say no to my boys who have inherited my passion for reading?” writes Donica Kaneshiro in this week’s “She Speaks” column.

Library lets mom relent to voracious requests

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “At the library where books are free, how can I say no to my boys who have inherited my passion for reading?” writes Donica Kaneshiro in this week’s “She Speaks” column.

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 7:18 pm
At the library where books are free, how can I say no to my boys who have inherited my passion for reading? Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “There were some major wrinkles in our financial situation over the past year, and I was apprehensive about how we would fare,” writes Christie Wilson in this week’s “She Speaks” column.

Shift outlook on inevitable to stop overtaxing sanity

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “There were some major wrinkles in our financial situation over the past year, and I was apprehensive about how we would fare,” writes Christie Wilson in this week’s “She Speaks” column.

Updated on  March 19, 2017 at 12:07 am
There were some major wrinkles in our financial situation over the past year, and I was apprehensive about how we would fare. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “When we arrived on Okinawa, there was a strange familiarity, even though we were more than 4,600 miles away from home,” writes Kristen Consillio. “We could’ve easily mistaken it for another Hawaiian island, aside from the vending machines on every corner, tiny box-shaped cars and billboards in foreign script — a clear sign that we were in a faraway land.”

Awkward family visit shifts to raucous fun

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “When we arrived on Okinawa, there was a strange familiarity, even though we were more than 4,600 miles away from home,” writes Kristen Consillio. “We could’ve easily mistaken it for another Hawaiian island, aside from the vending machines on every corner, tiny box-shaped cars and billboards in foreign script — a clear sign that we were in a faraway land.”

Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 8:28 pm
Whatever you do, don’t embarrass me in front of my family,” my husband implored before we left on a trip to Okinawa, his birthplace, on New Year’s Day. Read More

Eating disorders lead to death for too many

Writing about eating disorders, or any mental illness, isn’t easy. They’re hard to understand and thus easy to judge, and sometimes the judgment can be cruel and damaging. Read More
Updated on  February 27, 2017 at 11:25 am
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Summer of good deeds establishes habit of helping

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Updated on  February 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm
There are lots of things families can do together to give back, from baking for neighborhood librarians to an organized Sustainable Coastlines beach cleanup and helping build a butterfly garden at Kahuku Farms. Read More
COURTESY WILLIAM CROCHOT / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
                                Christie Wilson writes that the answer for some couples is obvious but seldom discussed: separate beds in separate rooms.

Separation a civilized solution for couples in need of sleep

COURTESY WILLIAM CROCHOT / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
                                Christie Wilson writes that the answer for some couples is obvious but seldom discussed: separate beds in separate rooms.

Updated on  February 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm
They say couples shouldn’t go to bed angry — but they shouldn’t wake up angry either. Read More
KRISTEN CONSILLIO / KCONSILLIO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The author, left, poses for a selfie with the posterior of President Barack Obama, top right.

In hindsight, presidential selfie plan had flaws

KRISTEN CONSILLIO / KCONSILLIO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The author, left, poses for a selfie with the posterior of President Barack Obama, top right.

Updated on  February 7, 2017 at 10:16 am
Not every journalist gets a chance to cover the POTUS. So when it was time for President Barack Obama’s final Christmas vacation in Hawaii as commander-in-chief, one reporter jumped at the opportunity. Read More

Couple’s trip to bridal expo unveils information overload

In addition to typical offerings for flowers, food and photos, the recent Hawaii Bridal Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall featured businesses advertising drone videography, a photo booth in a bus, fireknife dancers, mail-order tuxedos and custom candy stations. Read More

Culture and family make New Year’s special

Family traditions become even more meaningful as the years go by — in a crazy world with so many distractions, they’re an important way to remember your roots. Read More

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