All posts tagged: Hawaii

Mitzi Toro: Sharing Aloha, One Cookie At A Time

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There is something comforting about cookies, homemade cookies that is.  Meet Mitzi Toro, a long-time cookie enthusiast and founder of The Maui Cookie Lady.  Her giant sized cookies are hand rolled using the highest-quality ingredients.   The unique flavor combinations and use of locally made alcohol have made her product popular.  Initially sold at a farmer’s market, you can now find her gourmet cookies at Maui hotel and resorts such as the Grand Wailea and […]

Life Has New Meaning

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Each year, I go through a process to create a vision board and this includes reflecting on the year.  How I view 2016 feeds into my goals for the following year.  Losing a loved one to a terrorist attack, my first hospitalization, traveling to six cities, getting engaged and finding out I was pregnant summed up my 2016!  Some say it was an “eventful” year but you know, every year is the same.  I love my life. […]

A New-Found Appreciation

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There I was, catching my first glimpse of the outside world in nearly a week. The sight of the clear sky, wispy clouds, and calm ocean blue waters warmed my heart.  I was finally relocated to a room with a window which thankfully ended up being my last day here at the hospital. What happened to me was unexpected.  It started with a slight pain on my lower right side. Initially, I thought I slept […]

Chris Kajioka: Life Changes When You Become A Dad

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Oʻahu-born chef Chris Kajioka describes himself as stubborn, independent and a sports fanatic but what he really wants the world to know is that he is Cade’s father.  “Being a dad is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” says the ʻIolani School graduate.  “I love everything about it.  I want to give Cade everything I can while I’m around.” His son was named after a favorite wine that he and his wife enjoy, […]

Yasmin Dar: Embracing Life

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Yasmin Dar’s name might ring a bell for Hawaiʻi residents from when she was traffic anchor for KITV4’s morning show.  In 2011, she departed for Eugene, Oregon to become an evening news anchor for KVAL.  However, soon after giving birth to her first born, her and her husband realized “home” was the best place to be.  Yasmin stays busy with her current role as digital media specialist for Governor David Ige along with co-managing a business and raising […]

Mikhaila Christian: Passion and Drive

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Photo by Kaimana Pinē Don’t let this personable, Latina mix beauty deceive you.  Mikhaila Christian is a force of nature.  She launched two businesses and a non-profit within the last two years and is excited about future collaborations.  “I’m either all in or not,” says the 28-year-old Los Angeles native. Mikhaila grew up in foster care and lost her parents through illness.  Her mother died from HIV and her father from cancer.  She emancipated herself […]

Reflecting On The Year – 2015

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I kicked off the year by surrounding myself with people I care about along with those that inspire me.  On the evening of New Year’s day, a dozen of us got together for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, The Pig & The Lady, a Vietnamese eatery located in the heart of Chinatown.  We not only experienced an amazing meal, we connected on another level by openly sharing one or two personal goals we […]

Lee Wang: Creating A Positive Community

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Photo by Eric Miyasato People come in and out of our life shaping who we are and how we live.  Sometimes we don’t realize how much they truly influenced us until they leave.  “I watched my Mom’s journey through struggle and success,” says Lee Wang, co-owner of Lucy’s Lab Creamery, a specialty ice cream shop located in Kakaʻako.  “The values she instilled in me guide and shape my priorities and actions.” Like myself, Lee was […]

Lauren Williams: Creating A Sense of Place

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Photo by Eric Miyasato Hawaiʻi is home for me.  For nearly 11 years, I’ve been living in a culture that resonates with me.  I lived most of my life in communities where being the only Asian kid was normal but my parents raised me in a home where being kind and selfless was customary.  Embracing everyone and welcoming them into your home was the norm.  After I graduated college, I wanted to move.  I didn’t […]

Phillip Han: Following My Passion

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Photo: Eric Miyasato Raised by foreign born parents, my sister and I grew up with expectations to graduate from college and have a lucrative career as a doctor or a lawyer.  If not this, then at least marry one!  Our parents just wanted the best for us. They did not want us to experience the hardships that came along with being financially unstable.  For them, education was the solution to financial freedom. Maybe they are right, but […]