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She sees Kapolei's needs, answers them

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She sees Kapolei's needs, answers them
Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin 14Jun99 L5
By Rod Ohira: Star-Bulletin

Paula Loring suffers from Scheie's syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has affected her vision, hearing and heart. She can no longer drive, work, or even walk very far, but it hasn't stopped her from making a difference. Even though Loring, 53, is basically confined to her Kumu Iki Village home in Kapolei, Hawaii, she has started a neighborhood watch, PTA, family center, park and more.

Loring, winner of the Campbell Estate's 1999 Kapolei Outstanding Achievement (KOA) award for community service, has successfully presented community issues to officials.

"I can't physically work, so I do community work on my own time and pace...I think the key is to have a positive attitude about the problem and to go in with a solution in mind," she said. "If you have an answer for the problem, they are more likely to listen than if you go in and complain." The satisfaction of helping others is her reward, she says.

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