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For Saturday, December 22, 2012


Molokai youth headed for Harvard

Harvard alums — and soon-to-be alums — seem to be birds of a feather, flocking together.

The latest invited to join that club is Michael Kikukawa, a Molokai High School senior who just got word he was among those accepted early for admission to the Ivy League university.

The school valedictorian, clearly an academic standout, has the lineage, too: his parents and two grandparents who also attended the Ivies.

Besides hitting the books, last summer Kikukawa hit the campaign trail for Mufi Hannemann and lists among his role models — who else? — President Barack Obama. They went to Harvard, too, if you recall.

With all the problems raised about public education, it is great to see success stories like Michael's in the mix, too.

Urban archers get some good news

Happy days are here again for archery buffs who live in Honolulu's urban core. Well, almost.

The city announced this week that it will reopen the public archery range at Kapiolani Park, though it didn't say when. First it wants to make some modifications to make the range more safe, including moving it farther away from the tennis courts — into which a stray arrow landed many months ago, sparking the range's closure — and staggering the targets so archers can vary their shooting distances but all stand at the same firing line. Once it's reopened, the range also will have some new equipment rules, particularly a limit on how powerful the bows can be.

Meanwhile, there are still the public ranges at Koko Head and in Waipio and Kapolei, and even a private indoor range in Kalihi operated by an archery store.

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