Dinengdeng and Pinakbet

Dinengdeng & Pinakbet

I sometimes refer to myself sardonically as an F.B.I. But in this age where tribalism may be defining much of the resurging cultural wars, I have to admit that I’ve grown up both fiercely connected to my Filipino roots yet...

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Dinengdeng & Pinakbet

Age is liberating. My 88 year old mother nowadays speaks what she’s thinking, just as she’s thinking it. As we’re driving past some young adults apparently idle in the middle of the day on, she points her chin at them...

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Dinengdeng & Pinakbet

Real talk about funding on both the State and County levels of our government. My alma mater Maui High School annually holds a dinner during Homecoming week to honor alumni, faculty and friends of our school. Past honorees of the...

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Dinengdeng & Pinakbet

Are we not in the same canoe; and so, should we not all paddle together? My mom told me, “No renew the newspaper.” “I tired read. No mo’ good news,” she explained. “Better you give me the money and I...

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Dinengdeng & Pinakbet

My House colleague Isaac Choy and I started at the legislature together in 2009. He won election to a vacant seat in November 2008. I was appointed to the Kahului seat when longtime Maui Representative Bob Nakasone passed away. There...

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Dinengdeng & Pinakbet

Commencement speaking remarks… A confession: I kinda dread providing keynote remarks at large gatherings. I’ve heard great speakers—the semi-professional toastmaster-trained ones who seem to enjoy being at the podium and move seamlessly from one thought to another. I generally have...

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