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February 13, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Teresa Moon-Shin Lu
Teresa Moon-Shin Lu

Aloha for Sean Koahou is spreading beyond the family’s Kailua tennis friends. Kyle Nakayama, a Kailuan who runs The Willows restaurant, will host a “music, wine, spirits and heavy pupu night” for Sean, who faces huge medical bills and mainland treatment for stage 4 cancer. It’s Feb. 20, and tickets are $45 (952-9200). “Sometimes life just stops you in your tracks,” Kyle explains. “There you are complaining that someone in the 9-items-only line has 11 yogurts, and then something really important happens.” Sean and wife Casey, a Pope Elementary schoolteacher, and their two little ones are overwhelmed with the response so far ...

Yes, Virginia, there are still pretty nurses around. Castle hospital’s Teresa Moon-Shin Lu has switched from wearing a nurse’s cap to a crown for much of 2008 after being named Third Princess on the Narcissus Festival Court ...

Bulletin: The NFL has determined that Ahuimanu businessman Joe Pickard‘s logo of “SEA-HAWAII” does not, repeat, does not confuse people into thinking it’s really the Seattle Seahawks ... Elyse Koki (Le Jardin ‘07) made the dean’s honor list in her first semester at Sul Ross State U., a small Texas college where she’s studying equine science. Elyse also won the school’s highest scholarship, enabling her to pay in-state tuition ...

Elyse Koki
Elyse Koki

Kumu hula Ka’anohi Aipa, who has led Ka’anohiwaianuenue Hula Studio in Kailua for 27 years, leads a hula workshop on Saturday with kumu hula Kula Abiva at Bishop Museum (848-4184) ... Pali Seniors are cheering on their “sweetheart couple,” Lillian Tim Sing and Tilton Morris, Tuesday at the Mayor’s Valentine Dance at Blaisdell Center Feb. 12 ...

Christ Church Uniting is plunging into Lent in unique style. The Kailua church screens the film Chocolat, starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, and everyone’s invited ... First-place winners in Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center’s “most creative” Valentine card contest are Jaida Johnson of Ahuimanu Elementary (8 and under), Erica Freitas of St. Ann’s (8 to 12) and Skyla Featheran of Castle High (13 to 18). Many of the card entries will go to patients at Castle hospital on the big day ...

Kala'i Stern
Kala’i Stern

Kalaheo student Emily Valdez helped drafted a bill (SB2774) that’s before two state Senate committees this week at the Legislature. Her original resolution, written for the Secondary Student Conference, was picked from hundreds to be heard by the big guys. (It calls for a task force to study the merits of a serious recycling program in the schools.) Both Sen. Jill Tokuda and Rep. Cynthia Thielen are backing it. Stay tuned ...

HPU has tapped Kailua’s Kala’i Stern to be its choral music director. His resume shouts out “experience”: He directed the college’s vocal ensemble on its Mozart festival tour of Austria; he directs music at First United Methodist Church and assists in Kamehameha Schools’performing arts department. He has a BA in music from UH-Manoa where he helped conduct the university chorus, concert choir and chamber singers.

He directed the Honolulu Boy Choir, the Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club choir and was musical theater director for ‘Ohia Productions, HTY, Saint Louis School and Kapolei Performing Arts Center. PLUS: Remember ‘Ale’a and its Na Hoku awards? Kala’i also won the Frank B. Shaner falsetto contest and many other music honors. The next trip for the HPU orchestra and vocal ensemble is China. Phew!


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