All posts tagged: oahu

A New-Found Appreciation

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Hawaii

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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Hawaii
Photo: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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, […]

Phillip Han: Following My Passion

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Hawaii

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 […]

Wally Amos: Living In The Moment

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Hawaii

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 […]