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Old Friends
Jaimie Kim
Old Friends // Melveen Leed
It was a Miss Hawaii pageant that made Melveen Leed realize her love for performing. Representing Molokai, she sang Moon River as her talent. The...

Jaimie Kim
Old Friends // Johnny Kai
The key to rebuilding Hawaii’s entertainment industry and the ability to earn a musical livelihood, Johnny Kai will argue, is in its youth. Current entertainers,...

Jaimie Kim
Old Friends // Yasmin Dar
There was a time when Yasmin Dar imagined herself as a doctor. Science and the study of life had been favorite subjects of hers since...

Jaimie Kim
Old Friends // James Young
At age 14, James Young and his family moved to Hawaii. It was then that he developed an interest in other cultures and began to...

Jaimie Kim
Old Friends // Angela Perez Baraquio
In college, Angela Perez Baraquio’s mother imparted these words of advice: “If you obey God and do his will, your life will be better than...

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Old Friends // Kanoe Gibson Nitta
As a student at University of Hawaii, Kanoe Gibson Nitta was studying business with a focus on marketing and management. But she just wasn’t sure...

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Old Friends // Pat Saiki
As a public school teacher, Pat Saiki took notice of the lack of independence she and her colleagues had. There were no planning periods, no...

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Old Friends // Chai Chaowasaree
Chef Chai at Pacifica has become synonymous with elegant dining. But long before Chai Chaowasaree’s namesake began to dazzle diners with an expert knowledge of...

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Old Friends // Nanette Napoleon
In college, Nanette Napoleon spent a night in Kaupo, an old and remote Hawaiian graveyard on Maui. Yes, it sounds almost made up, like a...

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Old Friends // Kirk Matthews
Kirk Matthews stood in front of an active lava flow, watching it slowly make its way down a street in Kalapana. It was 1983, and...

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Old Friends // Dr. Terry Shintani
While in law school, Terry Shintani was flunking and on the verge of quitting. Then a friend recommended he change his diet. Game to try...

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Old Friends // Nalani Choy
In Na Leo Pilimehana’s earliest days, the trio would travel to gigs in Nalani Choy’s ’66 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible. “All three of us in the...

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Old Friends // Carol Ai May
At a young age, Carol Ai May learned from her father that nothing in life is free. As the daughter of David C. Ai, president...

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Old Friends // Billy V
When William Van Osdol was in sixth grade, he began listening to radio personalities like Kamasami Kong, Ron Jacobs and Danielle Tucker. It was then...

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Old Friends // Ginai
About three years ago, Ginai recorded a song she wrote called Endless Christmas. Thinking it would make a great title for an album, she produced...

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Old Friends // Aileen Deese
Elmo, Barney, Pikachu, Minions, a Snow Queen and princesses — these are only a few on a long list of costumed characters set to make...

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Old Friends // Tom Moffatt
Much like the countless stars he has brought to Hawaii’s stages throughout the years, there’s just something about Tom Moffatt that captures an audience. It’s...

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Old Friends // Emme Tomimbang
Last May, veteran broadcast journalist Emme Tomimbang shared with MidWeek readers that it was her Rottweiler Rufus (pictured) who ultimately saved her life when she...

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Old Friends // Amy Hanaiali’i and Willie K
Amy Hanaiali’i and Willie K are just as charismatic and friendly in person as they appear to be on stage. Fans who have followed the...

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Old Friends // Darryl Vincent
Eleven years ago, Darryl Vincent began his career with U.S. VETS. He had been working as a clinical supervisor with Institute for Human Services. But...

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