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Incidental Lives: Shopping mall troubadour shares music to lift spirits

Frequenters of Oahu’s malls know that the best musical bargains in town come not in local showrooms and concert halls, but in the far corners of bustling food courts and upon the unforgiving surfaces of cheap public seating. Read More

Column: Lawyer toils to find lost immigrant children

What for many would have been a momentous decision requiring weeks, maybe months, of careful deliberation followed by weeks, probably months, of careful planning, for Kay Lorraine instead crystallized in an instant and was executed in less time than it takes to prep and smoke a good Texas brisket. Read More

Incidental Lives: 72-year-old new lawyer starts quest for justice

Among family, friends and even casual acquaintances, 72-year-old Honolulu resident Kay Lorraine is well known for meeting challenges with a shrug, a smile and healthy dose of humor. Read More

Incidental Lives: St. Francis alumna makes the world her comfort zone

The controversial French novelist Andre Gide, in his novel “The Counterfeiters,” famously wrote, “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.” Read More

Incidental Lives: Volunteer at Queen’s has shared half-century of service

When Queen’s Medical Center super-volunteer June Anderson suffered a stroke last year, it marked, as far as collective institutional memory can confirm, the first time in nearly 50 years that Anderson was unable to make it for a scheduled shift. Read More

Incidental Lives: Mom, tutor join forces to help girl beat dyslexia

Kapiolani Barber and her husband, Bruno Stempel, knew their daughter needed help, but three years of following every lead and researching every angle had left them with more questions than answers. Read More

Incidental Lives: Specialist urges early preparation for disasters

Dennis Hwang holds a bachelor’s degree in geology, a master’s in geology and geophysics, and, just to keep things interesting, a juris doctor. Read More

Incidental Lives: Altruistic engineer pitches in at school

Today and Wednesday, a contingent of volunteers from the design firm Stantec will converge on Puuhale Elementary School to spruce up the campus and share some quality time with the students. Read More

Column: Volunteer helps others with mental health issues

The symptoms first appeared when she was 3 years old but Susan King was too young to fathom that anything was unusual. Read More

Head of La Pietra finds direction in exploring the uncharted

During a recent eighth-grade English class at La Pietra School for Girls, in a class discussion on Iranian author Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel “Persepolis,” head of school Josh Watson broached the idea of revolution and whom, should conditions ever merit, the students might look to overthrow. Read More

Teacher inspired a career in writing

Late in the evening of my 50th birthday last month, lying in the dark with my 1-year-old son sleeping soundly on my chest, I opened the email app on my phone to discover a most unexpected artifact of my youth. Read More

Isle woman finds healing in waters of inclusion

When Ann Yoshida was yet a budding surfer, she and her friends would spend long hours honing their wave-riding skills along the North Shore — a bold choice for recreation given the legendary power of the area surf and, not insignificantly, the conspicuous lack of feminine presence in the lineups. Read More

UH linguist devoted to documenting dialects

What, if anything, is lost when a dwindling dialect finally passes into permanent obscurity? Read More

Low-vision keiki get help from artist, nonprofit

For all that art has meant to her life, Amy Monthei is simply unwilling to let something as addressable as visual impairment prevent kids from discovering, appreciating and — most important — participating in whichever art form might tickle their imagination most. Read More

Kaimuki Christian School student shares Holocaust survivors’ memories

Just 16 years old, Emily Kuwaye already has had the good fortune — and good parenting — to have experienced cultures as far-flung as Slovakia, Japan, France and the Philippines. Read More

Tragedy helps Sacred Hearts graduate find purpose

In the 42 years of his well-spent life, Dr. Stephen Tokunaga earned a reputation as someone who served his community with the same love and devotion he held for his family. Read More

St. Andrew’s head and student enjoy a Jurassic bond and love for paleontology

A couple of weekends ago, St. Andrew’s Schools head Ruth Fletcher and eighth-grader Jemma Stollberg took in a matinee showing of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the fifth installment in Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur- driven film franchise. Read More

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