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Pat Gee is a human-interest reporter at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, where she writes the monthly Old Friends feature in Detours. She covered religion for several years and was a writer for the weekly Crave food section.

 

She started working for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1994, and continued with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser when the newspapers merged.

 

She has a journalism degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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COURTESY CATHOLIC CHARITIES DEVELOPMENT CORP. 
                                Construction of Hale Pilina, a planned 178-unit affordable housing project in Kahului, is scheduled to begin in October.
Nonprofit builds affordable housing on Maui

Catholic Charities Hawaii expects to complete construction of a 178-unit affordable housing project in Kahului by the end of 2026 that would help address the imperative need of residents who suffered serious loss in the August wildfires. Read more

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Alicia Lader, site coordinator at ‘Apapane youth home, made her way to one of two common areas for the home’s guests Jan. 22 in Kalihi. Residential Youth Services and Empowerment in August celebrated the opening of ‘Apapane — its first youth sober home — where homeless young adults can live together as they recover from substance use disorders.
Homeless youth find help at new sober house

Young adults who have lived on the street and are trying to kick a substance use disorder have found a place to call home for now at the newly opened ‘Apapane, the first clean-and-sober house established by Residential Youth Services & Empowerment. Read more

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                                (Top: L-R) Davianna McGregor, Douglas D.I. Chong, Sarah Ilialoha Keahi
                                (Bottom: L-R) Julian Keikilani Ako and Ricardo “Ric” Trimillos
Living Treasures luncheon to fete 5 Hawaii residents

The 49th annual Living Treasures of Hawai‘i event on Saturday will honor five exceptional people who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and Hawaii’s multifaceted culture. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Maui Preparatory Academy students listen during an English lesson in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Makawao center’s program distributes free art kits

The Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao, Maui, is focusing on the recovery of Lahaina children and families and other communities affected by fire by providing uplifting activities and opportunities for expression and connection. Read more

COURTESY LAHAINA ARTS GUILD
                                DeAna Duncan of the Lahaina Arts Guild, front row, center, taught children affected by the Maui wildfires for the Lahaina Learning Group in Honokowai.
Maui keiki tap into healing through art

In the midst of the upheaval following the catastrophic Maui wildfires, three Lahaina third graders found a creative outlet for their emotions through an art class that culminated in a book they wrote and illustrated. Read more

MARCO GARCIA / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Rylee Kamahele, left, Pali Mallory and Kadence Fergerstrom helped distribute toys to homeless families Friday as part of The Secret Santa Project Hawaii event at the Waianae Boat Harbor.
Hawaii kids help other keiki as Secret Santa

Since 2016, the Secret Santa Project Hawaii has helped thousands of keiki facing hardship, many of whom were too late to apply or were ineligible to receive gifts from other charities. Their motto is “kids helping kids.” Read more


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