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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

Student uses self-taught signing to share robotics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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