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Good Neighbors // Lehua Kaopio
When Lehua Kaopio was 13, her foster mom took her to an event through Kids Hurt Too, a nonprofit that aims to support and empower...

MidWeek Staff
Good Neighbors // Spca Volunteers
By 9:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, Candy Ching, Cyn Okido and Kelley Streadbeck already had been going about their routines in the dog kennels...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Vik Watumull
In 1992, Vik Watumull’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Watumull, a Punahou graduate who now is the vice president of family business Happy Shirts,...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Justin Gachalian
In late October, nurse aide Justin Gachalian of Kaneohe watched the news as Hurricane Sandy unfolded, seeing it wreak havoc along the East Coast. As...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Curtis Kropar
Following financial problems, Curtis Kropar ended up living on the streets of his native Pittsburgh, Pa., on and off for several years, starting in his...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Lajoy Lindsey-Hanohano
Earlier this month, a group of people stopped by Hawaii Foodbank with donations they had collected. The collection drive only lasted a few hours, but...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Albert Matsumoto
On one recent Thursday morning just before 8, Albert Matsumoto stands on the sidewalk outside of his longtime home in Nuuanu, smiling and waving at...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Sarah Young
Between going for her master’s degree in criminology and working part time as a financial planner, Sarah Young has very little free time. And when...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Ruth Freedman
Every Christmas night for the last 12 years, Makiki resident Ruth Freedman has been delighting audiences at Honolulu Hale with harp music as they take...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Bruce Bucky
About five years ago, Bruce Bucky, owner and president/CEO of Hildgund Jewelry of Hawaii, got a phone call from a man who had been struggling...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Christy Avilla
Growing up in public housing, Christy Avilla and her brother and sister didn’t have much. Secondhand toys and hand-me-down clothes from aunties and uncles and...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Kiera Usagawa
Once a week after school, Castle High School senior Kiera Usagawa visits Kapunahala Elementary School to spend time with fifth-grade student Jessica. During their time...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Wendy Loh
This Sunday, hundreds of competitors will descend upon the Blaisdell with the hope of building the best gingerbread house in the 13th annual Gingerbread Family...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Dayna Chikamoto
As a young girl, Dayna Chikamoto grew up hearing about her father’s travels to the Marshall Islands. Her father, an attorney, often would visit the...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Thaddeus Ordono
While thousands will be walking around downtown Honolulu Saturday for the second St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. event, Thaddeus Ordono will be “running all over...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // René Morgan
A few years ago, Kailua resident René Morgan had a very specific wish list for her birthday: She wanted party guests to bring shoeboxes filled...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Kathy Custer
When Kathy Custer drives around, she gets shakas aimed in her direction and fellow drivers honk at her (in a friendly way!). She’s even been...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Brent Kakesako
Earlier this month, a group of 40 volunteers visited the Kanewai lo’i gardens in Honolulu to harvest kalo, fertilize the lo’i and clean the grounds....

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Kyle Okamura
With the holidays approaching, it can be easy to neglect healthy habits. That’s why Hawaii Medical Assurance Association is inviting you to enjoy another kind...

Christina O’Connor
Good Neighbors // Jackson Button
In 2007, when Jackson Button was just 9 years old, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. “She was really, really sick,” he recalls. “We...


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