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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

Army woman advocates for female vets on the street

For all of her many responsibilities, Lt. Col. Tara Carr knows that she can retire each evening to her Kaneohe home secure in the knowledge that she, husband Tony and their four children have no immediate concerns about food, shelter, personal safety, custodial rights or health care. Read More

UH graduate found steady support in Big Sister

She knew something was going on, but she didn’t know what and it wasn’t within the bounds of their hard-earned relationship to press. Read More

Couple endeavors to help kids fight stigma, find success

For Daniel Inglis the call to special education as a profession was the culmination of numerous experiences — early struggles with math, a diagnosis of ADHD, his family’s advocacy on behalf of people with Hansen’s disease — slowly coming into focus as a connected whole. Read More

Nguyen brothers make the most of what they’re given

At some point within the next two or three years, respectively, brothers Brandon and Ryan Nguyen will graduate from a four-year college. Read More

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