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The road to Harvard paved with many thanks

This piece is a 700-word column 26 inches long, and if Kalani High School senior Daniel Huang had his way, all of it would be devoted to acknowledging and thanking his parents and the long litany of teachers, counselors, coaches, advisers and others who have helped him along the way. Read More

Once shy, student is twice bitten by service success

To hear Marisah Goo speak of the stifling shyness she suffered as a child is to draw on the same suspension of disbelief necessary to imagine Sasquatch confessing a fear of the woods or Wonder Woman intimating a reticence to rock the shoulderless top. Read More

Teenage filmmakers take dive deep into history

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

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

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

For student, harp sounds all of the right notes

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
 

Uncle’s death compelled man to seek new career

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

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

Young chef taps budding cooking skill to nab prize

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

Artist finds happiness in the bold strokes of sumi-e

Sumi-e is not an art form for the tentative or self-conscious. Read More

Paramedic perseveres from tragedy to help others

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

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

Fun is always in the cards for local centenarian

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

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

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