Photo by David Croxford.

Talk Story: Richard Vuylsteke

Lavonne Leong

Vuylsteke (pronounced VUL-stek) has had a global career that has carried him through universities, journalism, the military and the business world. He recently left his post as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong to assume leadership of the East-West Center, whose mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding and dialogue among Asia, Read the full article…

April 2017 , Education , Leadership
April, 2017
Photo by David Croxford

Virtually There

Tiffany Hill

Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers bought a new camera in July. Nothing special in that; Realtors have long used pictures to entice prospective buyers to visit houses for sale. But this purchase was special: a $4,500 Matterport Pro 3D, an automated, high dynamic range camera that creates virtual reality tours of homes, inside and out. Read the full article…

Illustration by Cameron Cottrill

Smart Path to Success

David Heenan

“Oh, no!” was Reuben Chong’s street name – as in “Oh, no! Here he comes!” For a decade, the homeless ex-convict prowled Honolulu’s Chinatown in search of money to support his drug habit. Who could imagine that this 34-year-old, street-smart thug would eventually find his footing at Leeward Community College, where he graduated as a Read the full article…

Careers , Education , January 2017
January, 2017

Did You Know: It’s Higher Education. Now It’s a Bit Faster, Too

Lavonne Leong and Dennis Hollier

From 2010 to 2015,  the UH system’s four-year graduation rate shot up from an abysmal 17.5 percent to 27.9 percent. That number is now comparable with a list of Board-of-Regents-approved “peer institutions” – universities with similar characteristics as the UH system – but it still means little more than 1 in 4 students graduate within four Read the full article…

Illustration by: Dola Sun

When 2 + 2 Don’t Make 4

Jackie M. Young

Dyslexia is a neurobiological and genetic learning disability related to language. Students with dyslexia often struggle with oral and written language, according to the Hawaii Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. “It’s a hidden disability,” explains Margaret Higa, 53, who became executive director of HIDA in 2013 and was office manager before that. “Individuals with Read the full article…

Education , Nonprofits , October 2016
October, 2016