HELP! the Kalihi YMCA


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Last November 2013, I joined the Kalihi YMCA Board of Managers. When a friend and Kalihi Y staffer asked me to join, I was over the moon by the opportunity to work with a sterling organization that has done so much for Kalihi. Even my own mother went to the Kalihi Y as a student […]

We are The Descendants


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I’m writing this personal assessment of Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” knowing that I will evoke the same brand of local provincialism that I’ve eschewed upon my return home to Honolulu after a stint on the East Coast. In the summer of 2004, during a celebration of my high school graduation, my tutu’s sister took me […]

Young expatriates hold key to building a better Hawaii


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Below is an article graciously written by David Shapiro, a sharp journalist at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  This all came about because I emailed Mr. Shapiro to get his thoughts on the Brain Drain after having read one of his quips about young people being one of Hawaii’s largest exports; I knew he would have an […]

Stemming the Brain Drain through Local Commitment


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Through a chance meeting at a local style send-off for a mutual friend returning to New York City, I met Professor Christine R. Yano of the Department of Anthropology at UH-Manoa.  I shared my story as a kama’aina fresh back to the island after nearly a seven-year stint on the east coast of the U.S. […]

Saving the Ham for Portuguese Bean Soup


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“I know this sounds lame but do you have traditional Hawaiian food at Thanksgiving?” wrote a New York buddy of mine in a text message. “What?” I replied back. I knew what he meant. I chuckled. “You know…like the pork and the poy. All that stuff,” he wrote. “Ohh. Actually no. We do Turkey/Ham/Mash. The […]