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Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // A Playcation With Visiting Friends
A lot of people joke that you suddenly have lots of family and friends when you move to Hawaii. It’s true. Now I’m not talking...

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // Reconnecting With An Old Friend
I found a pleasant surprise in my Facebook inbox recently: word that my high school friend and UCLA college roommate Nicole was coming to Hawaii...

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // Kindergarten Application Angst
I must preface this week’s column with a confession. I’m fighting through a minor case of writer’s block because I’m preoccupied with another writing assignment....

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // Weekend Expo Is All About Ohana
You know how everyone’s always saying how quickly children grow up? The same can be said about the Oh Baby! Family Expo. This popular event,...

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Tannya’s Take // Dealing With Five-0’s New Night
Monday nights with McGarrett used to be must-see TV in the Joaquin household. Before you jump to conclusions, I’m still a huge Hawaii Five-0 fan....

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // The Trick To A Stress-free Halloween
It’s starting. Everywhere I go these days, it seems I’m greeted by endless rows of Halloween candy. That’s a scary thought! I’m not talking about...

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Tannya’s Take // What’s To ‘Like’ About Negativity?
Call it a coincidence, but twice within the past week I’ve been asked about my pet peeve. What bothers you? Some would say punctuality. I’m...

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // Honolulu, Home Of Awful Drivers
As a reporter, I’m always intrigued by interesting questions. Here’s one I was asked recently: What’s your pet peeve? Several others answered “bad drivers.” Perhaps...

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Tannya’s Take // Picturing The Perfect Collage
I was the type of student who would get upset with an A-minus. I always turned in my homework on time and never procrastinated on...

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // Forgetting Sunscreen
Perhaps the humidity and heat got to me. I don’t know how else to explain my epic fail. Before I come clean about my lapse...

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // A Glimpse Behind ‘Gridiron’ Scenes
The Society of Professional Journalists’ popular Gridiron show is locked and loaded with plenty of ammo after a one-year break. Anyone and anything is fair...

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // Helping A Toddler Get Toilet Trained
There’s a different back-to-school rush playing out around the state. Or perhaps I should say, back-to-school flush? Right now, parents are racing to potty train...

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Tannya’s Take // Lizard Enlivens Drive To School
A loud thud jolted my car as I was driving my son to preschool. At first, I thought pothole. I mean, it wouldn’t be the...

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Tannya’s Take // Things Our Cars Should Tell Us
I used to think Knight Rider’s sweet talking ride KITT would be the ultimate. (Please forgive the ’80s David Hasselhoff reference.) Now, I’m not so...

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // Cruising For A Big Mickey Hangover
These days, whenever a newscaster is talking about a cruise, it usually involves horror stories. You know, norovirus, overflowing toilets, no food – or seasickness...

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // A Weighty Topic For TV Folks
You name it, I’ve heard it. “Wow, the camera really does add 10 pounds.” “You look fat on TV.” “OMG, you’re skinny.” I try to...

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Tannya’s Take // Shipping Woes Change Over Time
I clearly remember the moment: standing in front of a Matson container ship, holding up a toilet paper prop purchased from Daiei. You know, the...

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Tannya’s Take // Entering The Rhelm At Aloha Tower
Looking up at the luxury high-rises that dwarf Aloha Tower today, it’s hard to believe this 10-story lighthouse was once the tallest structure in Honolulu....

Tannya Joaquin
Tannya’s Take // It’s All Happening At The Fair
Note to self: This is it. The last chance to enjoy the rides, racing pigs and deep-fried goodness that is the 50th State Fair. It...

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Tannya’s Take // Discovering ‘MommyLovesTech’
I bawl like a baby every time I watch Toy Story. Seriously. I need to keep a Costco-sized supply of Kleenex handy when Andy casts...


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