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Barbara Kim Stanton


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Real Possibilities - Care Act, Tax Credits, Workshops Can Help Caregivers

Barbara Kim Stanton Hawai‘i Herald Columnist

Jeanne Schultz Afuvai became a family caregiver when her husband suffered a stroke that led to heart and kidney prob...Read More

Carolyn Kubota Morinishi

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Carolyn Kubota Morinishi received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/computer science from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Southern California, she worked as a software engineer for 11 years before going to work at home... Read More

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Cate Kortzeborn


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Medicare 411 - How Much Will My Medicare Cost in 2017?

Cate Kortzeborn Courtesy: Medicare

Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Med...Read More

David Sayen

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David Sayen is Medicare’s regional administrator for Hawai‘i, California, Nevada, Arizona and the Pacific Territories.

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How Medicare’s Hospice Benefit Works

David Sayen

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Choosing to enter hospice care can be a wrenching decision for yourself or a loved one.

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Dennis Fujitake

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Born and raised in Honolulu Dennis Fujitake is a product of the Hawaii public school system as well as the University of Hawaii. Dennis works as a freelance illustrator and is responsible for the “Gecko Sushi” designs for Crazy Shirts. He has also worked in comic book, newspaper, greeting card a... Read More

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Dr. Michael Okihiro

Sports Columnist - Dr. Michael Okihiro is a retired Honolulu neurologist and a self-professed “baseball nut.”

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Yutaka Yoshida Is Still Going For Broke

Dr. Michael Okihiro Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At age 31, Yutaka Kochi Yoshida was one of the older Hawai‘i AJAs to volunteer for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in 1943. Today, at 103, he...Read More

Ethan R. Okura

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Ethan R. Okura received his doctor of jurisprudence degree from Columbia University in 2002. He specializes in estate planning to protect assets from nursing home costs, probate, estate taxes and asset protection. You can learn more about the services offered by his firm by visiting okuralaw.com.... Read More

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Estate Planning Insights - AHCD. POLST. HIPAA. - What You Need to Know

Ethan R. Okura and Carroll D. Dortch Hawai‘i Herald Columnists

Please see 6/16's article by visiting Ethan's website her...Read More

Frances H. Kakugawa

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Frances Kakugawa was her mother’s primary caregiver during her five-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease. A native of Kapoho on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, she now lives in Sacramento, Calif. Frances has melded her professional training as a writer and teacher and her personal experiences as h... Read More

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Dear Frances - We Should All "Execute Our Independence"

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist

Frances Kakugawa was her mother’s primary caregiver during her five-year journey with Alzheim...Read More

Gwen Battad Ishikawa

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Spotlight - Heather Omori Chosen as the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen

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H. Dale Sato

H. Dale Sato has worked in the field of horticulture for over 50 years. As a teenager, he operated his family farm in Pähoa on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Sato retired from a 30-year career as an extension educator with the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Reso... Read More

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Growing Bittermelon

By H. Dale Sato Some people love it; others can’t bear the taste of it, despite its health benefits. I’m talking about bitter melon — the green vegetable Okinawan...Read More

Jane Yamamoto-Burigsay

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Jane Yamamoto-Burigsay is Social Security’s public affairs specialist in Hawai‘i.

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Your Social Security - Planning Will Help You See Green in Retirement

Jane Yamamoto-Burigsay Courtesy: Social Security Administration

Jane Yamamoto-Burigsay is Social Security’s public affairs specialist in Hawai‘i.<...Read More

Jon J. Murakami

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Jon J. Murakami earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa. He is head artist and writer for Maile Way Products greeting cards and draws a comic strip called “Calabash,” which is featured on alternative Sundays in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and online... Read More

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Generation Gap

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Joseph S. Nye Jr

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Joseph S. Nye Jr. is a professor at Harvard University and the author of “The Future of Power.”

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ECON 2016 - American Immigration

Joseph S. Nye Jr. Courtesy: Shizuoka Shimbun

Joseph S. Nye Jr. is a professor at Harvard University and author of “Is the American Centu...Read More

Karleen Chinen

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Dialogue - Gems from Shunichi Kimura

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary

There are many days when I feel more like a traffic cop (scheduling and juggling feature stories) than a journalist....Read More

Louis Wai

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Louis Wai was born and raised in Hawai‘i. He practiced law in Honolulu for many years before earning a master’s degree in English as a Second Language in 2008. In 2010, he decided to move to Okinawa, where he now teaches English.

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Bye-bye Okinawa . . .

Louis Wai

Hawai‘i Herald Columnist

When I was preparing to leave Hawai‘i for Okinawa almost six years ago, I remember walki...Read More

Michael G. Malaghan

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As a new retiree who was free to dream, Michael G. Malaghan attended a Maui Writers Conference presentation on historical novels. It left him with a deep desire to meld his interests in history and writing. After attending the premiere of historian Tom Coffman’s 2007 documentary, “The First Batt... Read More

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Historical Fiction - "Picture Bride", A Family Saga

Michael G. Malaghan Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Editor’s note: We continue Michael G. Malaghan’s serialized historical novel, “Pictu...Read More

Shara Yuki Enay Birbirsa

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Shara Enay Birbirsa resides on the island of Läna‘i, where she is Pulama Läna‘i’s liaison with the island’s community. Shara is a former writer for The Hawai‘i Herald and Hawai‘i Business magazine. She has been writing this Drama Queen Journals column since 2006. A gosei (fifth-gene... Read More

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"Eyes Of The Emperor"

Shara Yuki Enay Commentary Vol. 26, No. 23, Dec. 2, 2005 Writer’s note: It’s getting harder and harder every day to make ends meet in Hawai‘i. It seems like everything’s going up — the ...Read More

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