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Carol Chang
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September 14, 2005 - MidWeek The Islander
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Wondering about property tax exemptions? City Council chairman Donovan Dela Cruz has some answers. If it’s not too late, you can attend his informational meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at KEY Project (527-05711) ... Mike Carlson has graduated from basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. According to the U.S. Army, he is also a 2000 graduate of “Windward High School, Kailua, Hawaii” ... Liane Kahapea‘s latest honor: a certificate of appreciation from the Waimanalo Neighborhood Board. A widow and single mom since 1996, Liane moved her family into their own Habitat for Humanity home last fall and graduated from Chaminade in the spring ... Kelly Boy DeLima‘s Kaneohe family is growing more musical by the minute. Dad will entertain Sept. 21 at Chai’s Island Bistro with both his son Kapena and daughter Kalena (whose face graces Legacy, the band’s 18th album) sharing the stage ... Watch for the Castle High Band and the Paniolos of Kualoa Ranch (pa’u unit) in the Aloha Festivals parade Saturday - from Ala Moana to Kapiolani Park at 9 a.m. After the march, you can head over to Aloha Tower, where Jack McKeague will lead the St. John Vianney school halau as it greets the arrival of cruise ships with a performance at 2 p.m. ... Alfred Tanaka is deputy transportation services director for the city, not Arthur, as stated in our Aug. 31 story on a Wanaao Road meeting ... Since we’re talking names, meet two names in one person: Denise De Costa, longtime Kaneohe resident, former voice of BWS and now city clerk. Meet Mahealani Cypher, longtime Kaneohe resident, president of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club and volunteer for native Hawaiian causes. They are one and the same. Just put the MC name inside the DD name and you’ve got the whole official package. Either way, she’d like to have your help planning an exciting, grass-roots town party. See page 7 ... Kailua folks are doing their part to help Gulf Coast hurricane victims. Take Ed Wary, for example. His Dixie Grill restaurant on Ward served Southern barbecue chicken for $8 a plate on Labor Day, giving all of its $3,300 proceeds to the Red Cross. Part of that total came from Shannon Wood, who reserved 30 lunches in advance for her crew that was cleaning up Kapaa Quarry Road that day. Ed is also doing a fancier benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Oct. 2. For $100 a person, you can wine and dine at his new Auntie Pasto’s at Kunia Shopping Center, hosted by MidWeek‘s own Eddie Sherman (732-7733) ... For the next three weeks, Kevin Chang says the Kahaluu band, Kupa’aina, will donate its online sales profits to the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kupaaina) ... More causes. Maliko’s Punaluu Cafe is co-sponsoring the Hawaii March of Dimes Ride Sept. 25, when hundreds of motorcyclists will roar off to raise money to fight birth defects (973-2155) ... Kailua actress Tricia Marciel plays the female lead in Footloose, on stage now through Sept. 25 at Manoa Valley Theatre (988-6131) ... Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii president Maile Meyer accepted the 2005 Native Hawaiian Business of the Year Award Sept. 1 from American Savings Bank in Waikiki. Maile, a longtime Kailua resident, has built her Honolulu business to 15 employees over two years and has been promoting native authors, arts and artists for more than a decade ... Jim Wood says littering and dumping along Kapaa Quarry Road has gotten worse in the past few weeks - enough so that he was able to pick up 38 bags of green-waste one day in less than an hour ... Frank Alejandro of Kaneohe went all the way to Waikiki (which tunnel was open?) to direct a brain race. As director of the Windward Chess Club, Frank was in charge of the Speed Championship round Sept. 3-5 at the 2005 State Open Chess Championships ... Waimanalo native Marci Wai’ale’ale Sarsona is the new executive director of Native Pacific Education and Culture. She takes over from Kailua’s Sherlyn Goo, who says Marci’s teaching experience and deep roots in the community are key to INPEACE’s goals of education and self-sufficiency for native families

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