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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

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

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

Skills on the court and in the arts put Vukovic in spotlight

With an athletic 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and an enviable array of skills, Boris Vukovic can find any number of ways to affect a basketball game. Read More

Breakfasts offer heroic families a bit of comfort

You wouldn’t know by the smiles they flash at the breakfast table, but Francis Nakamoto has been at this long enough to understand the emotional load borne by the special families who find shelter and support through Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii. Read More

Fatherhood creates bond between son and departed dad

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

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

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