Category: Moonlighting

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Giving Her Kidney To A Total Stranger

Cynthia Chiang is quick to tell you she’s no saint. And she’s not perfect. And heavens, no, she doesn’t see herself as extraordinary. But in my eyes, she’s all three. Cynthia is many things: a health educator for Planned Parenthood, an interviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a part-timer at Kauai […]

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It’s Irresponsible Not To Vaccinate

Why has measles suddenly become a thing? Why are people debating the efficacy and safety of the measles vaccine — something proven long ago to be both effective and safe? Why are people’s fears and opinions allowed to trump science? And most important, why do we let the actions of an ill-informed minority override the […]

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Mommy’s In Prison On Christmas

When Mommy’s in prison, Christmas is one of the saddest days of the year. Whatever you think about the women and how they got there, the children are innocent. They deserve Christmas. And for their mothers, getting to celebrate Christmas with their children can be a powerful incentive to do better. Paulette Vernay is the […]

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No Abuse Tolerance

If I say, “Ray Rice,” what’s your first thought? Your answer would depend on your views on and your knowledge of domestic violence. If you have little understanding of the dynamics of a violent relationship, you might be asking questions similar to these: Why doesn’t she (Janay Rice) just leave him? If he was that […]

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An Eye-opening Staycation

We recently had the opportunity to enjoy a couple of mini vacations here at home, something we rarely do. But our son was going back for his junior year at university, and we wanted to treat him to something special. A couple of nights in a Waikiki resort made for a perfect getaway — all […]

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Too Close To A Tragedy

I almost ran down someone the other day. I had stopped at the mouth of a driveway, getting ready to turn right. I checked left for oncoming cars. No cars. I started forward and stomped on the brakes. Two young women had walked right in front of my car. I stopped; they jumped. I think […]

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Book Gives Life To Hawaiian History

It was a time of many prayers, some of life, some of death. Kokoiki at Kohaha was the place, and the month was ‘Ikuwa. Men’s thoughts were of war and sea and storm. An astonishing star streamed across the northern sky. People pointed and exclaimed, “A white rainbow!” It was the unmistakable sign of a […]

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Think Twice Before You Hit ‘Send’

Things I’ve learned while talking to people on the Internet: * It’s easy. You can say anything you want. You can be spontaneous, honest and impulsive. Just type your thoughts and hit “send.” Done. * It’s hard. Yes, you can say anything you want and be spontaneous as all heck. You can regurgitate your unedited […]

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How Hawaiian Language Almost Died

The first time Annie Mokiao spoke Hawaiian in school, her teacher did something shocking. “When we used to go school, the kids – you speak Hawaiian, they slap you on the mouth. Teacher slap ‘em.” That was in the 1930s. Annie learned quickly that what was normal at home was considered shameful in the rest […]

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Clean-energy Bills; Rude Doctors

The 2014 legislative session has convened. What I’ll be watching most closely are the green energy bills jockeying for consideration this year. Under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) established in 2009, 40 percent of electricity sales must come from renewable sources by the year 2030. Lawmakers and the Hawaiian Electric Companies have made this […]