St. Francis School senior Hulita Drake is a gifted artist, an accomplished stage actress and a skilled air rifle competitor. She has a close and loving family. She was accepted to every university to which she applied.
It's not standard practice for students at La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls to take calls from their parents in the middle of class, but when Walter Klein buzzed his daughter Isabella's class in November, it was a call worth taking.
It's been more than two months since old Beek wriggled through the fence of his Kaneohe home and disappeared into the night, and owner Christen Matsushige still can't quite believe the confluence of mercies that led to his happy return.
When Paul Turnbull places hand over heart and recites the Oath of Allegiance before Judge Leslie Kobayashi in U.S. District Court on Tuesday morning, he will do so as a well-considered first act of civic responsibility to his adopted home.
Not one to see her elder child waste a perfectly good summer idling in the house, Tammy Leung told her daughter Victoria Lee, then a rising junior at Sacred Hearts Academy, that she had two choices: Get a job or start volunteering.
Each school day, Aiea High School food service manager Thomas Rodrigues and his staff do whatever is necessary to ensure that the 700 or so students who pass through their cafeteria doors receive the nourishment they need to be happy and productive.
Leroy Laney built his first model ship when he was in the second grade.
So taken was he with the project that for years after he would receive from his mother new and more elaborate model kits each birthday and Christmas.
However entertaining the competition of developmental theories might be, ultimately there's little sense in trying to parse the effect that devoting himself to ballet had on Jacob Ly's life from whatever innate ability to focus and excel that Ly may have already possessed.
Thelma Suzuki and Roxanne "Kea" Young have been friends long enough that Suzuki can be straight about what she wants. And on this cool, overcast Tuesday morning, what Suzuki wants is a little more jelly.
When 18-year-old Sadako Yamanaka (nee Watanabe) left Waikapu, Maui, in 1939 to pursue an education in fashion design in California, there was little to suggest that her future would be determined by anything but her own considerable determination and will.
Certainly there were times, after the death of her husband and amid four major surgeries in five years, when Charlene Lee could have despaired. But as understandable as the reaction would have been, to those who know Lee well, nothing would have been more out of character.
When a powerful storm blew the roof off a Molokai Ranch storage building across from the family home, Horcajo and his brothers collected sheets of corrugated metal debris, flattened them with hammers and rocks, and fashioned a small seafaring vessel.
Derrick Santiago never had a problem getting people to follow him. It was knowing where to lead them that took some work. "It was a very, very long process," said Santiago, the 2014 Adult Friends for Youth Young Person of the Year.
When Shigeichi and Yukie Nakamoto founded Beretania Florist in 1937, they likely could not have foreseen that their little shop would survive across four generations of family proprietorship and 76 years of community life.
A dozen years ago, Wahiawa resident Ray Santana caught a story on the nightly news about the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, an annual cross-country motorcycle ride in support of prisoners of war/missing in action, and decided on the spot that he just had to do it.
When Kaimuki Middle School health teacher Minette Fernandez collapsed with heart failure in the middle of class in May, her students knew exactly what to do. Thanks to their quick action in calling 911, paramedics arrived just in time to save Fernandez's life.
These are difficult days for Janella Martin, but you wouldn't know it from talking to her.
Her tone is matter-of-fact as she works her way through the Job-like roll call of ills that have befallen her since she was first diagnosed with lupus at age 14.
It's just after noon on a warm summer day in Manoa as Nancy Yoshida sits down with neighbor Jo Ann Yanazaki and a tardy guest to share a few remembrances from a life filled with everyday eventfulness.
Credit that chewy little koan to Kelly Park, who recently bid “ahn nyeong hee ga se yo” to a postgraduate gig in her native South Korea to return to the University of Hawaii to further her studies in economics.
Had the horrific collision George Handgis survived back in 2012 left him with broken bones or a collapsed lung or — heaven forbid — even a serious spinal injury, perhaps it would be easier for people to understand.
Tucked securely within Meghan Nakamura's cache of indelible childhood memories are sepia-toned recollections of summer vacations to Lahaina, of long afternoons on the links learning the ins and outs of junior golf, of tag-along days to the hospital with her father, a radiologist.
To properly appreciate the significance of Ishon Mons' work on behalf of Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwater (ao) population, it helps to know a few things about the charming little black-topped birdies.
As a single mother struggling to get a foothold in a new country, Aleli Vinoya did whatever she could to make sure that her eldest daughter, Nicole Gasmen, would have better opportunities than she herself did growing up in her native Philippines.
Phuong Nguyen never considered himself a math and science guy. At least not until middle school at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pearl City, where teacher Sylvia Tsuda distilled for him the essence of what the two disciplines are all about.
When you can drive a golf ball 240 yards, shoot consistently in the low 70s and stay cool as Kapalua trade in the heat of back-nine battle, there's not a lot of ambiguity about what is expected of you.
In the hours and days following the birth of her child, Luana Yee received a most unusually somber procession of callers. "People kept saying, ‘I'm so sorry,'" she recalls. "They gave their condolences."
Molly Jenkins loves learning just as much as she loves children. But neither motivated her to become a teacher. For Jenkins, 29, teaching is a direct and effective means of addressing inequalities in education and the social problems that arise from them.
Kid loves video games. Kid wants to know how video games are made. Kid reads the Wikipedia version of how it all works. In most cases that's the end of it. In the Klein household the narrative stretches a bit further.
If destiny was a real thing, Hieu Pham knew it was her destiny to marry John Stuart.
They had met when Pham was working at a Vietnamese restaurant in Virginia and Stuart, an IT manager for General Motors, was a hungry customer with no idea how to order off a Vietnamese menu.
Ari Dalbert's gifts include not just a knack for memorizing complex soliloquies, but the ability to evoke powerful emotions through voice and movement and a talent for personalizing Shakespere's words and bringing 400-year-old characters to vital presence.
In a technology-driven society where the iMiracle of six months ago is one overhyped product launch removed from obsolescence, Terence "Yoda" Yorga's cellphone repair kiosk on the corner of Atkinson Drive and Kapiolani Boulevard stands as a refreshingly retrograde refuge for unmediated human contact.
Years of intensive medical training in his native China taught Gong Hong Au about the mechanics of the human heart. An additional year of government-mandated study of herbal remedies and acupuncture unlocked the mysteries of traditional Chinese medicine.
You could, perhaps, pull the wool over the collective eyes of the police, but could you fool a ficus, shuck a schefflera, jive a juniper?
For 14-year-old Chloe Dunster, the question deserved investigation.
There's no accounting for chemistry. How else might we explain the fact that the charming Chihuahua-terrier soon to be known as Bingo had been twice returned to the Hawaiian Humane Society before prospective pop No. 3 Jorge Molestina walked in the door.
You wonder: How did Toshi Watabayashi become a master mahjong teacher? He tells you: His golf game bit the dust. There's a bit more to it than that, but that's as good a starting point as any. And, as Watabayashi teaches, patient effort is all it takes to get what you're after.
The depth of Nakoa Farrant's passion for science has always been evident, but certainly never more so than when he recently spent time logging raw ocean-floor data aboard a 211-foot exploration vessel in the Caribbean.
When your office is a third of an acre of lush grass and sunshine and your clients do all the legwork and you measure your daily returns in the twitching paws of dreaming pups, you, dear sir or madam, are a winner in the game of life.
Long before he directed "A Clockwork Orange" and "2001: A Space Odyssey," Stanley Kubrick cut his directorial teeth on a nine-minute film titled "The Flying Padre," about a Catholic priest in New Mexico who uses an airplane to minister to his congregation.
A psychologist, a soldier and a dog walk into a Mexican restaurant, but you needn't bother waiting for a punch line. Shannon Curry and her colleagues at the Hawaii Canine Assistance Network deal strictly with happy endings.
On the surface it seemed a career plan executed to perfection.
John Cheever — environmentally conscious, conservation-minded, humanitarian-in-bud — made the most of a top high school education at Punahou School, matriculated at elite Cornell University, where he earned a degree in environmental science, then landed a seemingly plum job doing environmental planning and assessments.
She never saw it coming. A sophomore fullback on last season's Pac-Five girls varsity soccer team, Dayna Sur was patrolling the area in front of the Wolfpack goal when a player from the other team took a chance on a hard shot in traffic.
Whether in impoverished areas of Cebu or Nairobi or on the crisply manicured grounds of Chaminade University in Kaimuki, Jerry Richmond understands well the instructive power of her immediate physical and cultural environments.
It's worth a couple of hard blinks when a person known for his selfless acts, the kind who craves credit and recognition the way most of us pine for an IRS audit, waves the flag for naked self-interest.
If your aim in life is to catch Patti Franklin in a foul mood, perhaps you'd be better off pursuing a more achievable goal, like presenting the collected works of Thomas Mann via interpretive dance or selling tickets for that Chumbawamba reunion concert.
Micah Fisher is 30 years old. This is a useful if disconcerting fact to keep in mind when attempting to document Fisher's personal, academic and professional accomplishments over the past decade or so.
When Damien Memorial School senior Ethan Dayton steps to the dais May 26 to deliver his valedictory address, he'll do so with the wisdom of a young man who has not only reached a worthy academic milestone, but one who has seen his way through a personal journey of grief, love and self-discovery.
It may be true that the character of the worker is revealed by the tools she selects, but in the case of Lolly Romano — whose tools of trade include bulging bags of bouncing balls and not-so-bouncy beanbags, a fleet of modified trikes and go-carts, storerooms of hand-painted cardboard dinosaurs, and trunkloads of paddles and pulleys and fishing rods and catapults — perhaps it is wiser to focus on the results.
Sensei Mary Mineko Weite has taught Japanese calligraphy long enough — some 20 years at the Wahiawa Community School alone — to know that what is rendered in free-flowing stroke on washi paper is often the truest statement of the artist in the moment.
At Oak Canyon Junior High School in Lindon, Utah, spring is announced not just by sunshine and snowmelt and bird songs, but also by bottle rockets and hot air balloons and perfectly good eggs catapulted to the heavens.
Matthew Hayakawa would have you believe that he's just another shiftless 19-year-old who whiles away his days watching his beloved Oklahoma City Thunder on TV and playing "Call of Duty" until the wee hours.
Pity poor Lea DiMarchi. For four years now the love-addled lass has chased fickle Demetrius only to be overshadowed by her supposed friend Hermia, fought over by the aforementioned Demetrius and a magically demented Lysander, and subjected to the mischievous enchantments of the sprite Puck.
There are those for whom a program like the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific's Cardiac REHAB offers the right combination of structure, incentive and encouragement to ensure that the slow, difficult work of recovering from a serious heart condition doesn't become overwhelming.