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Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Doc’s Lifetime Of Surfing And Health
The patriarch of the First Family of Surfing vows to live out the rest of his life on Oahu, where at age 18 he got...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Airport Display Honors Wally, Dan
Twelve years ago, a meeting took place among baseball legend Wally Yonamine, his son Paul and myself about an appropriate venue in Hawaii to display...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Compassionate Community Service
The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a “twist of service,” according to Laurence Leamer, journalist and bestselling author. Now that...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Saluting The Bravery Of A Young Warrior
It was Christmas Eve 2006, when the military vehicle in which Marine Master Sgt. Chris Jordan was blasted by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // A Poipourri Of Health And Sports
It’s that time of year when the conch shell is blown as a signal to island residents to sign up to “take control of your...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // ‘Sofa So Good’ For Dysgraphia Student
When Braxton Kahawai of Kapolei was in the fourth grade, his mother, Fran, had reason to worry. “His handwriting was atrocious. He doodled all over...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Happy Anniversary, Prince Kuhio School
Prince Kuhio Day is marked annually with a colorful festival parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, but a Honolulu elementary school bearing the prince’s name...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // A Valuable ‘Asset’ In People’s Lives
I am privileged to have come across so many influential and inspirational people since I’ve been writing this column, but what makes it more special...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Siblings Inspire Through Their Art
Two Hawaii Kai siblings are weaving and painting their way through the hearts of everyone they meet. Isaac Lau creates woven art and also is...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // A Poipourri Of Positive News, Views
Some of my fondest hanabata memories are of Presidents Day. February, of course, is when we celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln....

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // The Latest Japanese Star From Hawaii
Sumire Matsubara is fast becoming a household name in Japan, garnering rave reviews as an actress, model, dancer and pop singing sensation. Since 2012, Matsubara’s...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // WWII Legacy Of Nisei Veterans Lives On
Nearly 70 years have passed since the end of World War II. For many among us, a crisis that enveloped the globe and threatened America...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Young Filipinos Take Center Stage
A growing movement across the country hitting our shores soon will spotlight young Filipino-American leaders who are making great strides in politics, culture, entrepreneurship, education...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Ken Niumatalolo’s Key To Coaching
Former Radford High School and University of Hawaii quarterback Kenneth Va’a Niumatalolo has reason to beam with pride this week, having been inducted into the...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Korean Drama Fever Continues To Rise
My participation recently at Pawaa In-Ha Park, commemorating the 111th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States, made me reflect on the myriad contributions...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // The Amazing Society Of Seven Story
It’s 1964. In Hong Kong a song called A Little Bit of Soap is No. 1 for 32 weeks on the charts and 35 weeks...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Yearlong Cheer Tops Resolutions
Holiday cheer and gift-giving come easily with great enthusiasm during November and December, but once January starts kicking in, so do the New Year’s blues....

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Isle Landmarks Making A Comeback
‘Tis the season for two landmark buildings and one Waikiki hotel chain to celebrate rebuilding efforts and acquisitions. Coco Palms Resort on the Garden Isle,...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Caring For Homeless ‘Best Friends’
The loyalty of a friend is irreplaceable, especially if it has four legs, a wet nose and makes it a habit of sniffing its two-legged...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // A Bright, Joyful Island-style Christmas
“Keiki in the park, the sun is setting. Mama’s in the kitchen, beef stew’s a cooking. Papa’s busy making room for all the presents ‘cuz...


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