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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

Wellness contest changes accountant’s lifestyle


Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 1:21 am
The legendary Czechoslovakian distance runner Emil Zatopek, winner of three gold medals in the 1952 Olympic Games, was said to have improvised his own resistance training by running on dirty laundry in his bathtub. Read More

Instructor aims to make CPR lessons memorable


Updated on  September 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm
It was precisely the type of situation to which Oguv Goknur had prepared himself to respond when he took his very first CPR class in college. Read More

Firm can-do attitude led to a rich life of adventure

Nowhere on any list of Claire Fallon’s defining characteristics — loves theater, promotes female empowerment, practices responsible stewardship of the earth — will you find “processes negative feedback well.” Read More
Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 12:26 am

Sacred Hearts student’s bee work has grade-A reputation


Updated on  August 21, 2017 at 10:14 pm
Prior to last year, what Aubree Davis knew about bees — they buzz, they sting — could fit into the cell of a honeycomb with room to spare. Read More

2 teens use their musical talents to spread happiness


Updated on  August 14, 2017 at 10:04 pm
When ‘Iolani student and ace multi-instrumentalist Logyn Okuda first heard that there was a new kid in sixth grade who was a guitar virtuoso, he just had to meet him. Read More

Instructor perpetuates bon dance traditions

As anyone who has happily mimed the mining of coal to “Tanko Bushi” can tell you, there is a world of difference between watching a bon dance and actually joining the dance circle. Read More
Updated on  August 7, 2017 at 10:23 pm

Parkinson’s patient’s trek proves feet of strength

Chris Dacus’ journey of 1,080 miles started not with the proverbial one step, but with niggling internal voices that kept saying “don’t” and “can’t” and “better not.” Read More
Updated on  July 17, 2017 at 9:39 pm

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