Brief Asides


POSTED: Thursday, February 25, 2010


Eminent spiritual leader all a-twitter

Tweet! That Dalai Lama is so 21st century.

Though chosen on the centuries-old belief that he is the reincarnation of a long line of spiritual leaders sent to enlighten others, today's Dalai Lama is certainly not one to eschew the modern world. The Tibetan spiritual leader has just joined the popular microblogging site Twitter—and has drawn some 50,000 followers in just two days. The Dalai Lama (or an aide) is now tweeting about his U.S. visit. In fact, reports say he signed up with the social-networking site a day after meeting Twitter founder Evan Williams in Los Angeles.



Making a difference in a big way

Antoinette Ferreira-Harrington sure is somebody. The 24-year-old Makiki mom sprang into action when she realized her neighbors' house was on fire, banging on the front door as a blaring smoke detector failed to wake the family in the pre-dawn hours. She was just getting home from work Monday and was mystified that she was the first to respond, saying “;a lot of people were out, but nobody did anything.”; Ferreira-Harrington did something. She helped save six lives.



A super guy—and a hero to young Samoans—leaves us much too soon

Football great Mosi Tatupu has died at the age of 54 in Massachusetts, leaving loved ones and fans to mourn the sudden passing of a role model, both on and off the field.

One memorable image was captured four years ago at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, when Tatupu was photographed with his son Lofa, an NFL linebacker, in a father-son moment, flashing shakas after Lofa practiced for the all-star game.

Mosi Tatupu, a graduate of Punahou School and USC, played for the New England Patriots from 1978-90; in 1986, he played in Super Bowl XX and in the Pro Bowl. When he retired in 1991, he held the NFL's career record for most games by a running back.

“;Mosi was a hero for us young Samoan athletes,”; said Joe Onosai, a University of Hawaii star inspired by Tatupu. “;He broke many stereotypes of our times when not many Samoans were graduating from Punahou or going to college.”;