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Hawaii at Work

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    Gemma Medina, a preschool teacher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Children's Center, holds tea time with students Shaniah Puulei-Kohatsu, left, Kylie Kuioka, Joshua Maddock, Harper Steele, Hi'ilei "Tita" Aikau, Isabel Lepczyk, Cassius Steel and Shayan Jalili Kamalian.
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Matt Hall’s "office" includes the golf course at Turtle Bay Resort. Lopaka Colon works nights under hot lights on a Waikiki stage. Noelito Suga keeps production humming on a factory floor. Della Graham works the floor, too, taking care of patients at Queen’s hospital.

The golf pro, the drummer, the noodle maker, the nurse and several others profiled on the following pages are all part of the vast network of people who make Hawaii function. Some turned childhood passions into professions or felt drawn to serve their nation and improve the lives of others. Some began what were ordinary jobs that over the years bred devotion to the work and the company. All of their tales inspire us.

Mary Poole-Burlingame
Project Editor

CREDITS

Editor
Frank Bridgewater

Project Editor
Mary Poole-Burlingame

Designer
Jacquelyn Carberry

Copy Editors
Jeff Clark
Celia Downes
Wilma Jandoc
Jason Kasamoto
Stephanie Kendrick
Seth Markow
Christie Williams

Photo Editor
George F. Lee

Artist
Martha Hernandez

INDEX

» Construction worker

» Farmers

» Film/TV prop man

» Registered nurse

» Golf pro

» Coast Guardsman

» Noodle maker

» Surf shop owner

» Preschool teacher

» Waikiki musician

» Shipping manager

» Airlines bag handler

» Photo essay

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