Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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February 20, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye tapped Walter Kaneakua of Kailua (hey, it rhymes!) to be his executive assistant for military affairs. Sen. Dan also has asked the retired pilot and AF colonel to reach out to the native Hawaiian community “to find compromise and common ground” ... The American Heart Association-Hawaii honored Kaneohe’s own radio tita Lina Girl recently with a 2007 Impact Award for her volunteer support of the AHA ... University of Portland juniors Marisa Hayashi and Julia Narhi, both of Kaneohe, made the fall dean’s list there. Marisa is majoring in life science, and Julia is a nursing student ...

The district governor for Hawaii’s Lions Clubs, Rodney Jung, now lives on the slopes of Haleakala, but as he told a gathering of Pali Lions recently, he used to work in his uncle’s Kailua Chop Suey when he was a wee cub ... Kailua’s Linda Giles will share her secrets to personal success with the Hawaii Society of Corporate Planners Thursday in Waikiki ... Don’t take craft fairs lightly: They can be surprisingly good moneymakers. Lanikai Association’s Kiri Esibill reports that its holiday fair brought in nearly $9,000 to help maintain the park buildings and grounds ... Next time you’re dining at Roy’s Hawaii Kai, look around at the paintings. Now through March 14, Kaneohe artist Marion Yee Larson has her watercolors and mixed media prints on display there ...

Kaneohe students making the fall dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., are senior Andrew Dexter and junior Jeffrey Sult. Andrew’s into aeronautical and mechanical engineering, and Jeffrey likes computer science, and games and simulation ... Christopher Lee (Kalaheo ‘06) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Kaneohe’s Kahili Cheng made the fall honor roll at University of Wisconsin-Parkside ... Castle High band director Arnold Alconcel was Contestant No. 1 on the KGMB-9 Sunrise show’s Krummy Karaoke contest. Wearing a wild black wig, he did a peppy rendition of Soul Man. But alas, as the judges said, he was too good and stayed on key (like all band directors should). For a good time, look up the cavorting Arnold on the station’s website ...

When the Eldares do a reunion concert Saturday at PCC (see calendar), they’re likely to reprise their original hit song, Masi Samoa - a reference to a fermented banana and breadfruit dish that Mormon missionaries grew fond of and missed after returning home from Samoa. “It would have mold, worms, was discolored and it stank,” recalled Carl Fonoimoana, a Laie-born Eldare alum. “When these white missionaries were singing about how they like this food, the Samoans thought that was the funniest thing” ...

Serving a different menu were the folks with Obama for America, which staged a Kailua reception last Sunday at a Norfolk Estates home for the Hawaii-born Democrat ... Cheryl Flaharty, artistic director of Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, is sad to see her managing director, Crystal Brewe, move to Miami, but the Kailua-based troupe carries on with a mission to “put forth into the light of the world.” To support their effort, call 262-0110 ...

Someone gave a brand-new Kawasaki guitar to Castle’s Polynesian Music classes recently. “The parent was so anonymous I didn’t even see her drop off the guitar,” says the amazed PCNC Kathy Martin ... HFD tip of the month: Seconds count. Make sure your house number is clear, visible and in a prominent place for first-responders ... Just one day, that’s all Nancy Wong asks of willing adults to help run Challenge Days Feb. 25-28 (with free lunch) for Kailua Intermediate students. Call her at 263-1500, ext.

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