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Kanile'a Makes First-ever Endemic Hawaiian Hardwood 'Ukulele
The nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative has unveiled the world's first-ever ukulele built entirely from endemic Hawaiian hardwoods.The ukulele was designed and hand crafted by a team of nearly 20 master artisans under the guidance of Master Luthier Joseph Souza at Kanile'a 'Ukulele, a renowned Hawaii musical instrument company. This magnificent piece showcases the sustainable use of Hawaiian hardwoods under HLRI's Legacy Tree program, as well as the Legacy Carbon program overseen by HLH, LLC, a sustainable forestry company based on Hawaii Island.


Family portraits honor legacy of terminally ill children
The organization Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep trains volunteers to provide families with free portraits for terminally ill newborns as well as remembrance photography. Denise Karabinus will be taking part in a Neonatal Professionals Institute conference on Sept. 16 at the Hale Koa Hotel. She will be speaking about her own experience as well as the organization Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. Her presentation will begin at 9:45 a.m. and is open to the public.


Watch a preemie baby grow in just four minutes!
A viral time-lapse video, which has more than 1.2 million views on YouTube, shows how a baby born 14 weeks early quadruples in size in less than three months. Photographer Deneen Bryan of Capturing Hopes Photography, a volunteer NICU nonprofit organization, took photos of Walker Colt Pruett every day after the infant's birth, as his nurses and parents cared for him. Pruett joined his parents early, at 26 weeks, and weighed only 1 pound and 3 ounces, according to the video.

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