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Miss Mabel’s Gift Of History

Thanks to the foresight of Mabel Wilcox, who as a headstrong young woman ignored her mother’s protests and became a nurse, two Kauai museums take visitors back to the days of sugarcane and mission houses Visiting Grove Farm Homestead Museum is like stepping back in time. Besides the many pairs of cat’s eyes peering at […]

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For Love Of The Ocean

Steve Soltysik, who has crewed aboard Hokule’a, shares his love of the sea with Kauai fourth-graders in maritime classes that emphasize working as a cohesive unit and even celestial navigation Keiki imaginations run wild during Capt. Steve Soltysik’s maritime classes. The creative educator’s lessons entail navigating a worldwide voyage and hands-on activities, such as catching […]

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Book To The Future

There is a direct correlation between illiteracy and poverty, which inspires Claudia and Dennis Dresser to volunteer with Kauai Adult Literacy and improve the lives of their students In Hawaii, one in every six adults struggles with reading and writing, including almost 5,600 on Kauai. Some 75 percent of unemployed adults have difficulties with English. […]

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Making Kauai Even More Beautiful

As president of the Kauai chapter of the oldest environmental group in Hawaii — The Outdoor Circle — Maureen Murphy seeks to preserve and create natural beauty on the island Billboards advertising anything from real estate to restaurants line every Mainland highway. Yet these flashy beacons haven’t been seen in Hawaii since the early 1900s, […]

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Healthcare Hero

Healthcare Association of Hawaii is putting 75 years of experience into transforming and assisting the state’s healthcare system As a soccer player, George Greene knows the importance of keeping his eye on the ball. This ability plays an even bigger role in his profession. As president and chief executive officer of Healthcare Association of Hawaii […]

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Sailing For Shore

Shale Shore loves every moment of sailing — even when she’s trying with all her might to keep a boat upright, her abs are screaming and water is spraying in her face. “Your heart is beating and you’re just giggling; you can’t stop giggling because it’s so much fun,” she says with enthusiasm when describing […]

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Aloha Stanford!

Academics and aloha earn a Kapaa graduate an Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Ambassador scholarship Maluhia Stark-Kinimaka will represent the spirit of aloha at prestigious Stanford University as an incoming freshman this fall. The multi-talented wahine, who is the recipient of the 2014 Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s Ambassador of Aloha Scholarship, knew she wanted to attend […]

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Missile Man

With North Korea capable of striking Hawaii, PMRF’s missile defense program is of utmost importance. Meet the man in charge, Capt. Bruce Hay Drunken aliens leaving zigzag contrails over Hawaii is just one of the many stories Capt. Bruce Hay has debunked during his term at Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). The evening after missiles […]

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The First Mixed Martial Art

Clarence Emperado Luna’s stepfather created Kajukenbo — A combination of Karate, Judo, Kenpo and Boxing — And now he’s carrying on the legacy Imagine challenging world-renowned fighter Bruce Lee to a duel. Now imagine Lee declining the offer, saying he would never spar with a master of kajukenbo. This is a story Clarence Emperado Luna, […]

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Bringing The Crown Home

It had been more than four decades since a Kauai titleholder brought the Miss Hawaii crown to the Garden Isle — until Stephanie Steuri did so last month. The Kalaheo resident, who intends to use the scholarship funds she also won to become a veterinarian, next competes for Miss America Sept. 14 Stephanie Steuri exudes […]