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Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // Finding Family-friendly Holiday Fun
Ready or not, here comes Santa Claus. The jolly old elf will be busy at many family-friendly events around the island leading up to Christmas....

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Tannya’s Take // Slowing Down To Enjoy The Moment
As we prepare to sit down for a Thanksgiving feast, it’s a chance to savor quality time with loved ones — the simple pleasures. But,...

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Tannya’s Take // Making Friends On A Buddy Bench
Some schools around the world have adopted a new type of “buddy system.” The centerpiece is a simple concept created by a Pennsylvania third-grader that...

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Tannya’s Take // Discovering A Magical Castle
Once upon a time … That seems like the best way to start this column because it’s almost always the opening line of a fairy...

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Tannya’s Take // The Signs Of Two Future Voters
Anyone have a cure for election-itis? For some reason, this year’s campaign cycle seemed especially long and drawn out. For me to say that says...

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Tannya’s Take // Parents Pay Price For Procrastination
I speak from experience, and I’m sure other parents who have learned this lesson the hard way will agree. You know the saying time is...

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Tannya’s Take // A Heartfelt ‘Letter To My Parents’
Permit me to share a portion of the winning entry in the first “Letter to my Parents” contest in Hawaii. I could give you my...

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Tannya’s Take // A Pumpkins On The Brain Treat-ment
The scene: Las Vegas Mc-Carran International Airport The scenario: My red-eye flight back to Hawaii (traveling alone with my two sleeping kids) has been delayed...

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Tannya’s Take // It’s All About Toys, Games And Parties
I suppose you can either thank or blame the organizers of Hawaii Toy & Game and Party Expo for scoping out the next craze. They...

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Tannya’s Take // Saying Good-bye To A Part Of The Family
I’ve run through a long list of “what ifs” over the past week. But none of them can bring back my dog. I never imagined...

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Tannya’s Take // Traveling With Keiki Can Be A Gamble
I rolled the dice on a different type of Las Vegas gamble recently. Not the kind with potential winnings at the slot machines or a...

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Tannya’s Take // Pronto Is Much More Than Just A Pet
Regular readers of this column will recall mentions of and stories about my two children. I’ve neglected to bring up my first baby until now:...

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Tannya’s Take // Grandparents Going Gaga Over Keiki
Moving from protecting President Obama to diaper duty may sound like a serious demotion, but I don’t think my father-in-law Al Joaquin would see it...

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Tannya’s Take // Children Stumped By Sign-waving
Like clockwork every morning on the drive to school, my son and daughter crack up as soon as we turn onto Kalanianaole Highway from Hawaii...

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Tannya’s Take // Letting Keiki Find Their Own Passion
I’ve pictured the day I could enroll my daughter in dance classes since … well, in 2011 when I first found out I was having...

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Tannya’s Take // A Few Lessons From Young Voters
I’ve always had a fascination with the 1960 presidential election. It was before my time, but the effect of the first televised presidential debates between...

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Tannya’s Take // The Joys Of Back-to-school Shopping
Back-to-school shopping — what an experience! My smiling kids proudly tried on their new uniforms and chose their favorites in anticipation of their first day...

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Tannya’s Take // Kindergarten Challenges Mom, Keiki
My son is a happy camper. He graduated from his preschool kindergarten camp with flying colors. Now it’s off to the real deal. I know...

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Tannya’s Take // ‘Keiki In The Kitchen’ Recipe Contest
A 6-year-old boy named Roy used to drive hours with his family to the fish market in Japan to buy live tako (octopus). He would...

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Tannya’s Take // Loaded Down By Summer Laundry
Lately it feels like my laundry load has multiplied. For real. I’m in a constant game of catch-up. We even upgraded to a super-sized model...

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