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As Seen in Midweek: Kenneth Hara

January 7, 2021
Lawrence Tabudlo photograph
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One day after graduating from Waiākea High School in 1984, Kenneth Hara found himself trading hoops with a classmate and contemplating his life and future. He loved to fish, surf and play football, having suited up as a split back for then-Warriors coach (and former Hawai‘i county mayor) Harry Kim, but he was looking for another activity to be passionate about.

That’s when his Hilo classmate provided him with a bit of unexpected bait.

“We had just finished playing basketball and he asked if I wanted to go digging for bottles,” remembers Hara.“I was like, ‘What? No!’ But he explained that some of the bottles are worth hundreds and hundreds of dollars.”

The financial reward for what Hara believed was an odd pastime suddenly piqued his interest. As he recalls, “We weren’t doing anything anyway. So the first time we went out, I found a pretty good bottle worth $200.

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