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Fatherhood creates bond between son and departed dad

Updated on  June 13, 2017 at 12:18 am
In the winter of 1949, as Communist forces swept to victory over the Nationalists for control of mainland China, my grandfather Song Cai, foreseeing the dark days to come for his family, made arrangements for my father to leave the country. Read More

Young artist is preparing to live a life amid comics

Updated on  June 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm
Somewhere between the cartoon histrionics of Japanese manga and the stark surrealism of Edward Gorey, 16-year-old Talulah Skil­ling has claimed for herself a precious creative space she hopes will one day help redefine an industry. Read More

Maryknoll junior aids causes great and small

Updated on  May 15, 2017 at 10:04 pm
In matters of giving back and paying forward, Maryknoll School junior Kiana Arca- yena doesn’t care to be overly discriminate. Read More

You with the red stuff: It’s time to give a pint or 2

Updated on  May 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm
Take this as literally as you can: The Saint Francis School class of 2017 is out for blood. Read More

Youngsters, theater are open portal to her bliss

The daughter of a successful actress and an accomplished stage performer herself, Eden Lee Murray has never known a life without the edifying influence of the theater. Read More
Updated on  May 1, 2017 at 10:38 pm

Kid on Kauai helps others after others helped him

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 12:17 am
The slaps and shoves never bothered Bryden Kaauwai. Not much, at least. Read More

First-time homeowners now living their dream

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

Bard’s work fuels teen in travels and in life

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

Teen finds happiness in helping other people

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

Boy’s heart for rescued dogs spurs other gifts

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

Longtime caricature artist draws on his own goodwill

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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