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Inspiring, loving and giving are three ...
Inspiring, loving and giving are three words that come to mind when describing Annie Yonashiro.
Annie was born and raised in Hilo, graduating from Hilo High School in 1972.
She moved to Honolulu after graduation to attend beauty college, and is currently co-owner of Salon Nanea on Ward Avenue.
Curry Quinoa and Couscous Salad from Annie Yonashiro's
new cookbook, 'Annie's Favorite Favorites - Island Style Cookbook Volume II'.
Photo courtesy Annie Yonashiro
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What makes Annie
so special is her
dedication to helping others.
and Hilo classmate Wes Fujimoto have done many fundraiser dinners, fashion shows, '70s dances and cookbooks for the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry.
Annie also did a cookbook for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, and established the Camren Lu Fund.
current cookbook, Annie's Favorite Favorites - Island Style Cookbook Volume II, will be raising funds for three Hilo organizations: Special Olympics-Hawaii East Area, American Cancer Society-Hawaii Island, and Meals on Wheels-Hawaii County Nutrition Program.
The cookbook contains 104 easy-to-prepare recipes with 32 colorfully styled pictures.
Many of the recipes are new creations by Annie
, plus recipes donated by Big Island restaurants and chefs, friends, relatives and some of her
For more information and where to purchase the book, call Annie at Salon Nanea, 593-9300.
This column is dedicated to Annie
caring and tireless efforts in helping those in need.
Here is a recipe she
has given me to share with MidWeek readers.
Note from Annie
: "I love the flavor of the Kaiulani curry spice in this healthy salad recipe.
Hilo High class of 1972 classmates ...
Hilo High class of 1972 classmates Wesley Fujimoto, left, and Annie Yonashiro, flanked by the band Powerhouse, organize all sorts of benefit events, from garage sales to dance parties.
(Ward Avenue), 741-1222; Wes Fujimoto (Downtown), 224-9987; Wayne Tanaka (Kailua), 228-4339; Caroline Guerrero (Kaimuki), 232-947; Cris Estrada (Pearl City), 391-5302; Debbie Kikuchi-Chang (Mililani), 561-2939.
"I'm trying to remember if it was a real chicken or a fake chicken," says Annie Yonashiro
, trying to think back 36 years, to growing up in small-town Hilo where all the kids went to the same high school and knew each other virtually from the day they were born.
Over the years, the Hawai'i Bone Marrow Donor Registry has made it possible for 289 potentially life-saving matches, says Roy Yonashiro, Annie Yonashiro's
husband, who is the recruitment specialist for the registry, as well as lead singer in the band Powerhouse, one of the two '70s bands playing this week.
"And then Annie
always had a cookbook that she
published for friends for Christmas, and she
said 'Why don't we do another and have the proceeds go to a fund for Patti?' "
"The heart and soul behind this has been Annie
(Yonashiro)," Lau said.
is fretting about whether there will be enough food.And chocolate.
Last September, with a full ballroom of dancers and more arriving every few minutes, another group of '72 grads called Hawai'i
'72 came to the rescue, she
"It's all these people who have done some combined reunions," she
says, "and they just stepped in and helped as greeters, and with the whole front reception area, the will-call and the reception desk.
..."You get closer as you grow older," says Annie, a co-owner of Salon Nanea on Ward Avenue.
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Hairstylists: Annie Yonashiro of Salon Nanea