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Where Are They Now – Justine Ige

The summer after graduating from LHES in 2004, Justine Ige decided to move to Oahu to pursue an education at Kapiolani Community College (KCC). She attended KCC for a few years while working at the computer lab with her two cousins before taking a short break from school. Justine then worked at a homeless preschool […]

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Where Are They Now – Lorenz Valdez

After graduating from LHES in 2010, Lorenz Valdez could not have imagined where he would be today. His current online brand as “The Hawaii Mentor,” has given Lorenz the opportunity to help improve people’s mental and physical health around the world. As a digital/social media marketer and part-time Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) on Oahu, he […]

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L is for Learning at Lanai’s New Preschool

Written by Nelinia Cabiles, Managing Editor, Lanai Today. Photography by Ron Gingrich and Nelinia Cabiles. Originally published in the October 2022 issue of Lanai Today. We recognize the proper use of the Hawaiian language including the ‘okina [‘], a glottal stop, and the kahakō [ō] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai‘i such as […]

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What Are You Thankful For?

With Thanksgiving almost here, we asked residents around town what they’re thankful for. Here’s what your neighbors and friends said: Chelsa Clarabel : I am thankful for LIFE because of the grateful experiences and opportunities that have been gifted to me throughout my life. Edita Tajiri: I love Lanai because people will stop to talk […]

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Good Samaritan On and Off the Track

Joining the cross country team was not something Lanai High & Elementary School senior Jacob Janikowski always dreamed of doing. Rather, it came about by chance after running a six-and-a-half-minute mile during his eighth grade P.E. class. “The [LHES] athletic trainer just happened to be substituting for our class that day and she told me […]

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Why Do You Vote?

With the general election coming up on November 8, we asked residents around town why they vote. Here’s what your neighbors and friends said: Alice Granito: I vote because I feel that voting allows me to be a contributing member of society. Anita Etrata: I vote so the future of Lanai will be more secure […]

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Where Are They Now – Desmond Ige

Ever since Desmond Ige witnessed a Marine Boot Camp graduation when he was 12, he was determined to join the Marine Corps. Upon graduating from LHES in 2018, he immediately contacted his local recruiter, completed the paperwork and is now a radio operator stationed at the Marine Corps Base located on Oahu. Being a Marine […]

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The Kahiau Project Returns this Holiday Season

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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