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Heroes Next Door: Magin Patrick helps keiki all year long

Magin Patrick knows all too well what it’s like to sleep in cars and forage through dumpsters for food. Read More
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Heroes Next Door: Volunteer Glenn Uejio keeps an upbeat attitude at veterans’ center

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Other people volunteer to spend time with disabled military veterans hospitalized at the Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center, but none come as often — or as consistently — as Glenn Uejio. Read More

Heroes Next Door: A hero aptly named Hiro

As a foster child in Tokyo, Hiro Ito couldn’t contain his excitement every time his father would come by and visit the Catholic monastery he resided in. Read More

Heroes Next Door: Spiritual fulfillment through feeding others

Virgil Amoroso is the man who serves food with a friendly smile throughout Oahu — from the Windward to the Leeward side, and at homeless shelters in town. Read More

Heroes Next Door: Danny Tengan helps prep neighbors for ‘the big one’

No flood, tsunami, earthquake or hurricane — not even retirement or a near-fatal heart attack — can keep Danny Tengan from readying East Honolulu residents for disaster. Read More

Heroes Next Door: Pearl Harbor mailroom Santa Claus spreads good cheer

Many people get packages during the holidays. Maria Garcia gets a whole lot of packages — about 1,500 a day. Read More
 

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

Nonprofit’s co-founder sets positive example to fight litter

When Michael David Loftin walks down the beach, he can’t just ignore a piece of litter; he’s got to pick it up. 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

Ferrer helps the orphaned children of 2 colleagues

He learned the tragic news that a co-worker and his wife, who were traveling in an RV, had been killed instantly in a crashduring a fishing trip in Alaska. 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

Paakaula helped theaters thrive over the years

Heroes Next Door honorees are almost by definition soft-spoken folks who do what they do with no thought of publicity or other public recognition. Read More

Advocate works for fair transit for disabled

Donald Sakamoto is well acquainted with the challenges of getting around in a world that is not always accommodating to him. 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
 

Kailua builder cleanses beach

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