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Summer 2009

Ordinary people and their extraordinary acts
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Summer 2009 - Cover Story

Heroes Among Us

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
-  Arthur Ashe
‘Iolani runneth over with heroes, though not the type of hero who wears a red cape or leaps from tall buildings in a single bound. Instead, the ‘Iolani community is filled with ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary deeds.

Teachers and coaches are heroes. They inspire young minds and lead by example. Likewise, students are heroes in different ways. From the kindergartner who brings an extra snack to share with his friend to the senior who foregoes a Saturday night out to volunteer, they too are unsung heroes. Graduates of ‘Iolani commit courageous and heroic acts in every field or profession, each day, around the world, whether he or she is a mayor, a doctor, a poet, an entrepreneur, or just someone who wants to do what’s right.

The following stories are about a handful of ‘Iolani heroes among us. There are many more out there, making a positive difference in big or small ways. Humbly, they don’t call themselves heroes. We do.