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Where Are They Now – Preston Asuncion

After graduating from LHES in 2010, Preston Asuncion moved to Oahu to pursue an engineering degree at Hawaii Pacific University. He ended up transferring to UH West Oahu and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. Preston now lives on Oahu with his girlfriend and their daughter. He works as a police officer for […]

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Deer, sheep and drought

By Jonathan Sprague, Co-Director of Conservation and Natural Resources at Pulama Lanai Lanai has become very, very dry in the past few months. The drought has impacted natural resources across the island including threatened and endangered plants, watershed, agriculture, and landscaping. Particularly noticeable, the vegetation that deer and sheep rely on to survive, has suffered. […]

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Chengdu Taste Brings Szechuan Cuisine to Lanai

Earlier this summer, Lanai welcomed a new Szechuan restaurant to the island: Chengdu Taste. Named after the provincial capital of Sichuan, a province in southwest China, Chengdu is known for its dishes that leave your mouth numb, but still filled with flavor. The numbness comes from chilis and Sichuan peppercorns. Knowing that local palettes may […]

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Lanai Wai Juice Truck is making a splash

When Anuenue Juice Bar owner Tammy Ringbauer left Lanai a few years ago, Tanya Ashworth, a part-time Juice Bar employee, decided to buy the truck and continue providing healthy juice and bowls to the community. “We worked well together, and it was a seamless transition,” Ashworth said. Before she left, Ringbauer connected her with local […]

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Carrying Traditions of Community and Civic Engagement into the Next Generation

Front: Epi Agtarap, Jean Sumagit | Middle: Raina Mirafuentes, Noemi Barbadillo, Ella Yumol, Charity Figuerres | Back: Charlie Palumbo, Ashley Richardson, Kendra Sabin, Katheen Costales, Elmer Agtarap Growing up during the plantation era on Lanai, Noemi Barbadillo was exposed to a very active Lanai Filipino Community Council. The organization was headed up by sakadas, laborers […]

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Lanai Remains Vigilant Against COVID-19

On a small island with limited resources, we have worked together as a community throughout the pandemic to quickly contain COVID-19 outbreaks. With the delta variant still a threat, and now with flu season upon us, health experts urge Lanai residents to remain vigilant and continue to get vaccinated and encourage ohana to do so […]

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Family wish lists return for this season’s Kahiau Project

The holiday season is approaching, which means the Kahiau Project is seeking applicants and donations to make this year’s holidays merry and bright for all families on Lanai. Kahiau means to give generously and lavishly without the expectation of reward. True to its name, the Kahiau Project has been distributing gifts of clothing, new toys […]

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E Ike Hou ia Lanai’s First Hybrid Program a Success

Contributed by Shelly Preza, Executive Director, Lanai Culture & Heritage Center Originally published in the August 2021 issue of Lanai Today. The ninth-annual E Ike Hou ia Lanai summer cultural literacy program took place in July. Run by the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center (Lanai CHC), E Ike Hou 2021 was the organization’s first hybrid […]

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Where Are They Going – LHES Class of 2021

We caught up with a few members of the LHES class of 2021 before they embarked on this new chapter in their lives. Here’s what the graduates plan to do now that they’re finished with high school: Zhenya David What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a high school graduate? I am […]

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