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Last Minute Gift Guide 2022: HBA Alumni Owned Business Edition

Have you completed your Christmas shopping? If not, here are two wonderful HBA Alumni owned small businesses that have the perfect products to top off your Christmas warm wishes for your family and friends! Both businesses offer bold and encouraging messages to share with our communities, wherever we live.

Alumni Spotlight: Ashley (Sutherland) Wolfe ‘03

Ashley (Sutherland) Wolfe ‘03, MA, CCLS, has just written a children's book called, “My Journey with the Wind, a Magical Story of Grief.” This book was designed to help facilitate difficult conversations about death and feelings from grief with children and can be used in school and counseling settings as well as at home with caregivers.

Last Minute Gift Guide: HBA Alumni Owned Business Edition

Have you completed your Christmas shopping? If not, here are two wonderful HBA Alumni owned small businesses that have the perfect products to top off your Christmas warm wishes for your family and friends! As an added bonus, purchases from BOTH of these wonderful small businesses are making positive impacts in our communities.

Remembering Joyce Wong

Mrs. Wong served at HBA for 37 years and has made a lasting impact on our school community and all who knew her.

Alumni Virtual Choir Inspires Hope

For many people, 2020, and even through the first half of 2021, has been a very dark time. In following with HBA’s all-school theme of hope, the alumni office sought to share the hope of Jesus Christ with the world at Easter by coordinating a virtual choir.

Changing the World, One Country at a Time - John Hasse ’90

John Hasse ’90 says of his four years at HBA that he felt accepted, had fun, and was NOT an outstanding scholar. But those years laid a strong foundation for his life. He says he was challenged to take his faith seriously by teachers who lived out their faith in practical ways.

Alumni Businesses Provide Resources to Improve Campus Safety

Providing a safe learning environment is important for students to thrive, especially during a pandemic. To ensure our students and facilities were receiving the highest quality of care, our administrators reached out to several alumni businesses for support.

We Can Do This!

Sharon Kim ‘09 didn’t originally plan on becoming a business owner, but after experiencing a personal need for a niche product, she launched CanPlan. 

Preserving Tradition: Shirley Iida '87

Shirley Iida ‘87 is the owner and manager of Iida’s, a retail store that specializes in Japanese kitchenware, toys, ceramics, Girl’s and Boy’s Day dolls and happi coats for bon dance and much more.

Koolau Roof Tech: Extending a Helping Hand

Learning from past generations of business owners, Kirt Kobashigawa ‘91, owner of Koolau Roof Tech, shares with us the importance of treating people right with “local-style five star service”.

Alumni Spotlight: Sharon Kim '09

Sharon Kim ‘09 always had a relationship with God, but at the time of graduation she considered herself an atheist.

Alumni Spotlight: Bryan Archpru '01

After graduating from HBA, Bryan Archpru ‘01 received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Later, he graduated from the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia. We caught up with Bryan to see what he has been up to since graduation.

Alumni Spotlight: Jon Okinaga ‘94

Jon grew up in the church. After graduating from HBA, life threw him some curveballs, leading him to the mainland in search of something. Now, looking back, it might have been his way of running away from life’s circumstances.

Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Hong ‘94

As many of us shelter-in-place in the comfort of our homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are grateful to those who are on the frontlines. One of those individuals is Jonathan Hong ’94.

Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Kumura ‘89

“Fiercely Loyal,” “Heart of Gold,” and “Genuinely Giving,” are just some of the ways Aaron Kumura’s ‘89 closest friends described him.

Alumni Spotlight – Taryn Bohan '10

HBA Alumni Association board member and past president ‘17-‘18, Taryn Bohan '10, is the Marketing & Events Manager with Becker Communications.

Alumni Spotlight - Luther Beck ’04

HBA Alumni Association’s president elect, Luther Beck is the Assistant Vice President and Institutional Trust Services Manager for Central Pacific Bank.