Author: Stacy Yuen

Waikiki After Dark

Waikiki is the Honolulu Police Department’ssmallest district, but, at three square miles it is also the most densely populated, says Officer John DeMello, who has been patrolling these streets for the past 10 years. I accompanied DeMello one Friday evening and…

Homelessness in Waikiki

Many of Waikiki’s Homeless Are Mainland Snowbirds Just as tourists trade the cold winters of Minneapolis, Seattle and other cities for the warmth of Waikiki, so do another group of visitors. “There are homeless people who come here in the…

Talk Story with Paul Kosasa of ABC Stores

Kosasa, 56, has been at the helm of the family business since 1999. His parents, Minnie and Sidney Kosasa, opened the first ABC Store in Waikiki in 1964. Kosasa talks about the future of ABC, which has about 1,000 employees at…

Psychic and Medium

NAME: Yoshie Miakoda Chihara JOB: Spiritual psychic medium YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: Seven START: “I started out as ahypnotherapist to help people stop smoking. Around the same time, I was having serious relationship problems and nothing was working. I have always…

Rehab Hospital of the Pacific Reinvents Itself

Restoration is a slow and sometimes painful process for people whose bodies have been battered by strokes, car crashes and other calamities. Helping those people regain their basic skills and abilities is the main goal of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the…

Talk Story with Mary Sellers of Bank of Hawaii

Sellers joined Bank of Hawaii in 1987 as an officer in private financial services and has worked in various management roles since then. In 2003, she assumed responsibility for the risk management division and was promoted to vice chairman and chief risk…

Which Ethnic Group Makes the Most Money?

If you have lived in Hawaii for a while, the ranking of the richest and poorest ethnic groups shouldn’t surprise you. The hierarchy has remained the same for the past four decades, says UH ethnic studies professor Jonathan Okamura, who…

Tiny Cameras

Maurice Kondo has been collecting things since he grew up on the Hamakua Coast. “My elementary school teacher would tell me, ‘Small things entertain small minds,’ ” jokes Kondo, a principal at INK Architects, whose office at Dole Cannery is a menagerie of treasures,…

Space Wars

The most heated argument about modern offices pits the relative privacy of cubicles and offices versus collaborative nature of open workspaces When the cubicle hit the furnishings market in 1967, it forever changed the landscape of office culture and the…

Talk Story with Alicia Moy of Hawaii Gas

Moy took the helm on May 20 after serving 12 years at Hawaii Gas’s parent company, New York-based Macquarie Infrastructure. As a senior VP at Macquarie, Moy worked on the acquisition of Hawaii Gas in 2005 and 2006. The native…

1967 VW Deluxe Walk Through Bus

Kevin Lefforge says there’s nothing like the aroma of a garage housing a classic car. The lifelong “gearhead” and Steeltech project manager was on a quest for a hobby car while living in California in 2005. He ended his search when VW restoration specialist Lenny Copp showed…

Waterman Since Boyhood

Corbett Kalama sits in his one-man outrigger canoe six miles off Kailua Bay, surrounded by porpoises dancing on their tails. For most people, it’s a fantasy, but, for Kalama, it really happens. “At a young age, my father showed me how to interact with the dolphins in a special way,”…

Soccer Perfectly Fits His DNA

Dustin Sellers is a poster child (and adult) of the evolution of Hawaii soccer. ProService Hawaii’s president of business development and marketing was 5 when the American Youth Soccer Organization launched its first season in the Islands in 1974. “My…

Report Card: DOE Principals

The most important person at a school is evaluated yearly on test scores, creating a good “school culture” and other factors Principals say success depends on building a strong team and creating support within the community Every day at Iroquois…

Report Card: Hawaii Teachers

New contract says teachers must be rated as “satisfactory” or better to get pay raises A rating of “unsatisfactory” can get you fired Kristen Brummel spends a lot of time thinking about what “teacher accountability” means. In fact, it was…

Parting Shot: Saving Lives on the Neighbor Islands

Thursday Photographer: David Croxford >> When people on the Neighbor Islands need urgent medical care on Oahu, the employees of Hawaii Life Flight spring into action. Reporter Stacy Yuen and photographer David Croxford went behind the scenes at the company and tagged…

What Makes a Psychologically Healthy Workplace?

For 13 years, the Hawaii Psychological Association has been recognizing psychologically healthy companies with its annual awards. Program chair Don Kopf says the organization looks at six criteria set by the American Psychological Association: Employee involvement in decision making on company issues;…

Physical Therapy via Your Phone

Company: Irehab is a Hawaii-based company offering online instructional videos for physical therapists to prescribe to their patients after initial rehab. Product: “Through Web and mobile technology, we provide patients with specific treatment…