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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

Maryknoll junior aids causes great and small

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

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

Kid on Kauai helps others after others helped him

The slaps and shoves never bothered Bryden Kaauwai. Not much, at least. Read More

Teen’s efforts pay tribute to grandma’s giving spirit

The greatest gift that Emma Tandara ever received was learning how to give. Read More

First-time homeowners now living their dream

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

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

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

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

She has put in the work, persevered and will win

Friends and family haven’t seen nearly as much of Kitty Souza lately — and they couldn’t be happier. Read More

Teen finds happiness in helping other people

Caleb Burnett excels at a great many things, but morning drive-time conversation is not one of them. Read More

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