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                                Adonis Buttel, left, son Colt Buttel and fiancee Julie Lunas.

First-time homeowners now living their dream

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                                Adonis Buttel, left, son Colt Buttel and fiancee Julie Lunas.

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 12:28 am
It’s been five months since Adonis Buttel and fiancee Julie Lunas closed on their Pearl City dream home, and Buttel hasn’t stopped pinching himself. Read More
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                                Lanihuli Gilbert: The La Pietra junior has become fond of Shakespeare’s villains’ dark wit

Bard’s work fuels teen in travels and in life

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                                Lanihuli Gilbert: The La Pietra junior has become fond of Shakespeare’s villains’ dark wit

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 2:03 am
To Shakespeare, of whom Lanihuli Gilbert is so enamored, all the world was a stage. But to Gilbert, aspiring stage actress, it’s also a pretty good practice studio. Read More

Retiree opts to clean the sidewalk as his bailiwick

From a childhood spent in pre-development Kalama Valley through 40-plus years as a driver for TheBus, Gerard Noa has become a keen observer of the ways in which his island home has changed over the years. Read More
Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Isle graduate nears dream of becoming a diplomat

A self-professed “local girl from Hawaii,” Veronica Chiu has career aspirations as expansive as her knowledge of the world. Read More
Updated on  March 8, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Determined youth quits his past to be a better man

The proof of Triston Sarte’s growth over the last couple of years comes not only in the positive steps he’s taken to better himself but also in hard truths he’s been willing to confront. Read More
Updated on  December 6, 2016 at 12:32 am
 
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                                Caleb Burnett: 
                                The Damien School senior, who has lived in Hawaii since the age of 5, hopes to attend a military academy after high school and eventually become a physician

Teen finds happiness in helping other people

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                                Caleb Burnett: 
                                The Damien School senior, who has lived in Hawaii since the age of 5, hopes to attend a military academy after high school and eventually become a physician

Updated on  November 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm
Caleb Burnett excels at a great many things, but morning drive-time conversation is not one of them. Read More
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                                Cody Craven donated old towels from his home and others to the Hawaiian Humane Society to help it care for animals.

Boy’s heart for rescued dogs spurs other gifts

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                                Cody Craven donated old towels from his home and others to the Hawaiian Humane Society to help it care for animals.

Updated on  October 31, 2016 at 10:26 pm
When Raquel Craven first learned that some 270 neglected and malnourished dogs had been rescued from a shelter in Makaha last month, she figured she should let her 10-year-old son Cody know. Read More
 

Retirement is prime time for mom to indulge

Rosemary Nishi devoted 42 years of diligent service as a supervisor with the Honolulu Department of the Corporation Counsel. But it wasn’t until she retired just over a decade ago that she really got to work. Read More
Updated on  October 24, 2016 at 10:02 pm

Theater attendant hopes to be movie star

When she isn’t ripping tickets for eager moviegoers at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 theatres, Lori Tuisano is doing whatever she can to work her way onto the big screen. Read More
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                                Frank Uratani: 
                                The part-time caricature artist grew up as a big fan of Mad Magazine and its famed contributor Mort Drucker

Longtime caricature artist draws on his own goodwill

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                                Frank Uratani: 
                                The part-time caricature artist grew up as a big fan of Mad Magazine and its famed contributor Mort Drucker

Updated on  October 10, 2016 at 9:50 pm
For part-time caricature artist Frank Uratani, seeing the best in other people is as much a matter of pragmatism as positive attitude. Read More
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                                Holly Berwick

Love of acting, trials and all, is no facade for island teen

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                                Holly Berwick
If there is anything about the craft of acting that Holly Berwick finds distasteful, uninspiring, or anything short of pure joy, good luck finding it. Read More

The head of Assets School knows challenges firsthand

As a child, Paul Singer experienced developmental delays that undermined both his academic progress and his sense of self-worth. Read More
Updated on  September 13, 2016 at 12:10 am
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                                St. Andrew’s Priory senior Krista Chang said she was “completely surprised” at winning the 2016 Brown Bags to Stardom talent competition.

Brown Bags champ doesn’t let parade of life pass her by

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                                St. Andrew’s Priory senior Krista Chang said she was “completely surprised” at winning the 2016 Brown Bags to Stardom talent competition.

Updated on  August 29, 2016 at 11:38 pm
With apologies to Funny Girl Barbra Streisand and the “Glee”-ful Lea Michele, don’t tell Krista Chang not to live, to just sit and putter. Read More
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                                Ann Yoshida: 
                                The Mililani graduate will be going to Brazil to take part in the first-ever paracanoe kayak event in the Paralympic Games

Woman climbs even higher with paralysis as a catalyst

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                                Ann Yoshida: 
                                The Mililani graduate will be going to Brazil to take part in the first-ever paracanoe kayak event in the Paralympic Games
Before the devastating traffic accident in 2000 that left her a paraplegic, the trajectory of Ann Yoshida’s life seemed reassuringly normal. Read More

Grandmother’s smile sends Kaiser visitors on their way

Whatever their condition, disposition or reason for coming, visitors to Kaiser Permanente’s Honolulu Clinic are assured of at least two things as they leave: a genuine smile and a warm wish goodbye. Read More

Wife and husband spend life caring for a parade of keiki

Avis Kaona and her husband, LeRoy, could easily have balked that day the worker from Child Welfare Services called to ask whether they were willing to take formal custody of two adolescents they had been looking after on a purely aloha basis. Read More

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