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Teenage filmmakers take dive deep into history


Updated on  February 12, 2018 at 10:29 pm
In the halcyon days of their youth, before they signed up for Anthony Vitali’s U.S. history class, Damien Memorial School juniors Van Riva, Kaleo Hino and Joey Gum thought they had experienced the “utmost extreme” of teamwork collaborating on the tactical video game “Rainbow Six: Siege.” Read More

Sacred Hearts senior lends helping hand in poor Nepal


Updated on  February 5, 2018 at 11:56 pm
Ivy Yeoh had seen poverty before, had walked the crowded streets of a Third World country and smelled — felt — the pollution in the air. Read More

Pen pals’ bond still strong after 75 years


Updated on  January 29, 2018 at 10:23 pm
On a bright, cool morning in Manoa Valley recently, 89-year-old Mildred Sakumoto sat at her kitchen table and listened with equal measures of amusement and amazement as her best and oldest friend recounted one of their first exchanges. Read More

Volunteer can relate to migrant fishermen

The boy needed a pair of slippers. Joann Chow calls him a boy because he’s younger than her own son Christopher, a recent college graduate. Read More
Updated on  January 22, 2018 at 10:19 pm

For student, harp sounds all of the right notes


Updated on  January 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm
Quick, name your favorite harpist. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. (No Googling!) Read More
 

Wrestling coach helps women with self-defense

In a better world, a world of #meneither, not #metoo, the skills and techniques Aaron Sekulich has acquired over nearly 40 years of wrestling and martial arts would have scant application outside the mat, the ring, the dojo. Read More
Updated on  January 8, 2018 at 10:32 pm

Uncle’s death compelled man to seek new career


Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 10:56 am
Born and raised in the area, Michael Brigoli had survived a hardscrabble youth that included a period of homelessness and a year in foster care. Read More

Exclusionary tactics OK in Hawaii — but not that place

There was shock, outrage and lots of tsk-tsking when plans for a high-rise near the Keeaumoku Street Walmart revealed that there would be one entrance for the rich people, who will buy the high-end suites with sweeping views and deluxe amenities, and a separate entrance for those who qualify to rent affordable units in the same huge building. Read More
Updated on  December 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm
 

Imaginative teen finds a calling in filmmaking

In the wee window that accounts for her “younger days,” Mae Sebastian was an avid reader with an imagination that strained the limits of her mind’s eye. Read More
Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Young chef taps budding cooking skill to nab prize


Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm
When Kapolei resident Melveen Yoshihara had her kitchen renovated last year, she didn’t anticipate the effect the project would have on her 12-year-old son, Achilles, who took one glance at the shiny new cooking space and felt a stirring in his culinary soul. Read More

Paramedic perseveres from tragedy to help others


Updated on  November 28, 2017 at 5:47 am
For nearly 30 years, paramedic Scott Monji has dedicated himself to a profession that he admits exists largely out of mind for many in the community he serves. Read More

Confidence, culture help teen with school transition


Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 10:12 pm
From kindergarten though grade eight, much of what Kehaulani “Kai” Smith understood of the world came through the filter of her immediate family and her only slightly extended family at Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School. Read More

UH archivist embraces digital age

Raised in Virginia and weaned culturally and intellectually at the intersection of DIY punk ethos, anti-capitalist activism and comic nerddom, Koa Luke seems an unobvious person to help birth a new age of Hawaiian scholarship. Read More
Updated on  November 13, 2017 at 10:04 pm

Fun is always in the cards for local centenarian


Updated on  November 6, 2017 at 10:17 pm
Woe be unto you, foolish soul, who sees tiny, 101-year-old Yukiko Murata smiling sweetly across the card table and thinks, “Easy pickings.” Read More

Director of choirs inspires youngsters


Updated on  October 24, 2017 at 12:31 am
When May Shumway was 8, her parents adopted a time-honored method of ensuring that her abilities as a piano player continued to progress: bribery. Read More

Lau hala weavings honor family and culture

There is much that goes into the making of one of Kele Sunia’s coveted lau hala weavings. Read More
Updated on  October 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm

Student uses self-taught signing to share robotics


Updated on  October 3, 2017 at 12:26 am
By her own admission, Megan Kobayashi was a bit of an introvert when she first got involved in robotics in the fifth grade. Read More

Cancer fight exercises youth’s love for learning


Updated on  September 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm
For as long as Johnson Lin can remember, his parents have encouraged him to learn as much as he can about the world around him. Read More

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