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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...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Holiday Spirit Of Helping Hands
Growing up in the Hannemann household, Christmas was filled with laughter, music and magical moments. My sweet mother shopped for bargains year-round to make sure...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // New Chapter In A Long Love Story
In sickness or in health, the love of a Kailua couple prevails as home health care living options remain in high demand within Hawaii’s burgeoning...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Where WWII History Lives In Kakaako
As a keiki o ka aina, I pride myself on being familiar with every beautiful part of our state. Being Honolulu’s mayor gave me unusual...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Helping The Aina And Young Adults
For young adults who oftentimes find themselves in a hole to the point of no return, a nonprofit group called Kupu is changing lives for...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // A Proud Family Moment On Maui
Last week I traveled to the Valley Isle for Maui Police Department’s 78th recruit class graduation at Maui Beach Hotel. I was invited by MPD...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Campbell Earns National Honor
Despite the sugar industry folding many years ago, the Ewa plain continues to be an area in transition as it undergoes a series of rapid...

Mufi Hannemann
Island Matters // Learning From U.K. On China Visas
As Washington policy-makers continue to wrangle over the budget and Obamacare, they delay having substantive discussions to advance other long-overdue important measures, such as immigration...


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