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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 […]

Mark Noguchi: Life Inspired By Hula

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Photo: Ethann Oki “Educate and Inspire.” Those were the words that Nālani Kanaka‘ole, kumu hula (hula teacher) of Hālau O Kekuhi, rooted within Mark Noguchi nearly 20 years ago.  “The hālau gave me life,” says Mark, chef and co-founder of Pili Group, a culinary catering company focused on inspiring the community through education and food.  He paused and looked down trying to find the words to describe his enduring gratitude.  Tears began rolling down his face.  “I don’t know where […]

Alice Inoue: Define, Align, and Balance

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Photo: Eric Miyasato Alice Inoue has been on an inspiring path for nearly fifteen years and leads a life most of wish we had the courage to live.  She wakes up every morning with so much excitement and joy.  “I call this internal expression divine inspiration,” says the University of California alumna.  “I love what I do.” Inspiring others towards seeing new possibilities is a mission Alice and I share.  Alice is a Life Guide […]

Summer Shiigi: The Power of Collaboration

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Photo: Eric Miyasato Summer Shiigi learned early in life that the achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit 100% of yourself to it.  She watched her parents become successful business owners and experts in their respective fields.  “Whenever I walk through downtown, I would meet people who know my Dad and they would share with me how much they admire him.  That’s the kind of legacy I want to leave,” says the Mid-Pacific Institute graduate and […]

Lena’s Story: Letting The Chapter End

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Photo: Eric Miyasato For some of us, our early childhood hold memories of an intact family – attending family functions together, camping, vacationing Lake Tahoe, making ono (delicious) dishes in the family kitchen, and going to the beach.  For Lena Hanson, these are her childhood memories.  “I loved being with my family”, says the successful Hawaiʻi make-up artist.  Having a routine and just knowing that her family was there gave Lena comfort.  However, her parents […]

Wally Amos: Living In The Moment

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Photo: Eric Miyasato There I was looking up into the magnificent evening skies with wonderment.  I lost myself to the stars.  There were no thoughts of the past and no dreaming of a future.  I was being present.  I was sharing these moments with someone I deeply care for in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the island of Hawaiʻi.   Each day, the island provided us with opportunities to connect with the ʻāina (land) and with […]