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Loss of sight empowers Tripler convenience store owner

For 50 years he dedicated his time to serving the blind community at the Hawaii Association of the Blind, which he first encountered in high school. The organization is an advocacy group and service provider for blind people. Read more

What are the essential trace minerals? Get the 411

Consuming adequate amounts of essential nutrients grows increasingly important as we age. This becomes more difficult as calorie needs decline and people eat less. Read more

82-year-old woman turns ribbons into strands of beauty

Lei Day is every day for Mellie Enos. On tables and in a storeroom in the garage of her Enchanted Lake home are lei — hundreds of the brightly colored garlands — that she has made from ribbon for the last 20 years. Read more

Hawaii woman rediscovers her playful spirit through dance

Play is often viewed as unproductive or lazy. It’s that guilty pleasure that is reserved for the young, as grown-ups are expected to be serious and responsible. So, like many others, Renee Tillotson lost her playful spirit when she became an adult. Read more

Ultraracing is euphoric for Jackie Doppelmayer

Jackie Doppelmayer has been running since childhood, but even though she’s logged thousands of miles and emanates mental toughness, the 53-year-old ultrarunner approaches each 50- or 100-mile run as if it’s her first, meticulously preparing for any hazard she may encounter. Read more

Patsy Afuso, 94, is in step with the beat of life

At 94, Patsy Afuso moves with the ease and confidence of someone decades younger. She is the oldest performing member of the Paranku Club of Hawaii, which performs at senior centers, nursing homes and cultural festivals on Oahu. Read more

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