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Isle woman finds healing in waters of inclusion

When Ann Yoshida was yet a budding surfer, she and her friends would spend long hours honing their wave-riding skills along the North Shore — a bold choice for recreation given the legendary power of the area surf and, not insignificantly, the conspicuous lack of feminine presence in the lineups. Read more

Low-vision keiki get help from artist, nonprofit

For all that art has meant to her life, Amy Monthei is simply unwilling to let something as addressable as visual impairment prevent kids from discovering, appreciating and — most important — participating in whichever art form might tickle their imagination most. Read more

Army woman advocates for female vets on the street

For all of her many responsibilities, Lt. Col. Tara Carr knows that she can retire each evening to her Kaneohe home secure in the knowledge that she, husband Tony and their four children have no immediate concerns about food, shelter, personal safety, custodial rights or health care. Read more

Couple endeavors to help kids fight stigma, find success

For Daniel Inglis the call to special education as a profession was the culmination of numerous experiences — early struggles with math, a diagnosis of ADHD, his family’s advocacy on behalf of people with Hansen’s disease — slowly coming into focus as a connected whole. Read more

Family fled persecution so kids could feel freedom

From the tony environs of his family’s home in Kahala Kua, the distance between Terry Nguyen’s mean beginnings and comfortable present can appear as remote as his view of the azure Pacific. Read more

Nurse has healing touch for cancer patients

She never let it affect her, but Joyce Wong was nonetheless well aware of all the sideways glances she elicited as she strode the halls of the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children with her small clutch of volunteers and her old-school boombox stereo. Read more

Artist follows his eye down creative pathway

It’s difficult to know just how much Anthony Mendivil, avowed reveler in the solitary experience, would enjoy leading a class of young, inquisitive minds, but for sure he has ideas about what he’d like to teach. Read more

Middle school team thrives on gift of speech

You will kindly excuse the proud parents of Kawananakoa Middle School’s speech team members if in reliving the glory of the Alii Warriors’ performance at the Sacred Hearts Speech Festival in February, they invoke the likes of such legendary underdogs as 1954 Indiana high school basketball champion Milan High or the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. David, even. Read more

Teen jewelry designs appeal to retailers

Maddie Lee, a freshman at La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls, didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur, but her early love of arts and crafts and her natural predisposition to staying on task and striving for perfection made the developments of the last year and a half almost inevitable. Read more

Teen model giving back to others less fortunate

Like the runway model she’d worked diligently (and painfully) to become over the last year, Victoria Tan executed her last pivot this weekend with both poise and conviction. Read more

PE teacher embraces obstacles real and otherwise

A former collegiate basketball player and accomplished all-around athlete, Kevin O’Connell can hardly be expected to understand the singular misery of those wall-bracing kids for whom gym class is fraught with waiting humiliations. Read more

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