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Animal lover seeks compassion for cats

A honeymoon and first-time trip to Lanai a few years ago led Keoni Vaughn to his current mission — to save both the native birds and homeless cats on the remote island. Read more

Hair salon is nurturing stop on a patient’s journey

As Suzanne Matsuda sat in a chair at Salon 808 and gazed at her reflection in the mirror, her chestnut hair looked so natural that one would not have guessed it wasn’t her own, but a wig. Read more

Swimmer gives back to the ocean that saved her

Doing a good deed nearly cost Ruth Coules her life. Coules, 56, has for the past two years collected fishing lines and hooks from the ocean at Lanikai Beach to prevent marine life entanglement and damage to the reef. Read more

Newtown woman helps keep the neighborhood safe for all

Kathleen Ebey has a habit of getting involved. When she first moved to Newtown Estates in the summer of 1985, Ebey applied for a permit from the community association to install a window air-conditioning unit. Read more

Red Cross volunteer crosses country to help

Travis Lau describes his mother, Esther Lau, as nurturing and supportive. The mother of two volunteered with the American Red Cross after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and has sinceserved on 40 deployments. Read more

Retired nurse finds purpose in helping others

Cathy Brossier’s friends describe her as an angel to those in need. Whether it be elderly friends, neighbors or strangers, the retired Army nurse always finds a way to fulfill a need. Read more

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