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Carol Chang
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March 12, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Ryan Lau
Ryan Lau

Returning recently to the scene of Kahaluu Neighborhood Board’splanting project (reported in the March 5 Windward Islander), David Henkin and Jessica Wooley discovered nearly one-fourth of the 400 naupaka plants had either been chopped off or yanked out of the ground and tossed into Waihee marsh. Volunteers installed the fledgling hedge along Kamehameha Highway Feb. 16 to protect wandering birds. So David and Jessica logged in three more hours replanting the vandalized greenery ...

The saints will battle it out for spelling honors at the 2008 state spelling bee Sunday at WCC’s Paliku Theatre. The Windward district’s finalists are St. Ann’s Andrew Dau and St. Anthony’s Malia Smith. Look for them on OC16 ... Windward kumu hula Mapuana de Silva will preview her halau’s 2008 Merrie Monarch performance at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hawaii Theatre in the group’s annual Holomua Ka No’eau concert. Tickets are $30 and $20 (261-0689) ...

As an antidote to the “throwing puppy” video recently in the news, Oahu friends of Army Capt. Timothy Cho have received his reports from Iraq about two “morale booster” puppies his platoon adopted after finding them under a mud shack in a marketplace. The pups got a bath, a heated room, bedtime stories and plenty of cuddles from the troops ... Speaking of man’s best friend, Kailua has its own drinking fountain for your pooch. Check it out at the Kainalu Plaza ...

Kahuku’s Emiko Conner received her BS in nursing at the end of fall semester at Washington State University in Pullman. Also graduating in December - from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant - were Patrick Savelio of Kailua and Stacey Webb of Kaneohe. They both earned an MS in administration ... Angelica Rockquemore-Uwaine of Kaneohe made the fall dean’s list at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Or. ... Jason Foulk did pretty well for himself, too. The Kaneohe man, 27, won a 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid in a random drawing from 21,000 entries in Hawaii State Federal Credit Union’s promotional sweepstakes. “I’m super stoked,” says Jason ...

Capt. Tim Cho
Capt. Tim Cho

The Eagle has flown, announced Kailua Boy Scout Troop 311. Ryan Lau received his Eagle Scout rank last week in ceremonies at St. John Vianney for a project he planned, coordinated and executed with 40 volunteers to rehabilitate a three-bedroom apartment at Mayor Wright Housing. A Punahou honor student, Ryan also keeps busy in the band and several school sports ... Lanikai residents Ken and Karen Berry depart Hawaii this month for Tennessee, taking new jobs with the Chattanooga Times Free Press after decades in the local news and ad business, including MidWeek and the Sun Press. It was Ken who first suggested I do this column, as a matter of fact ...

With the Kailua Elementary imu benefit this weekend, Todd Hendricks is preparing for some extra work. Kailua’s imu guru says they have to dig the pit on the school’s campus each time, and then fill it up and put the grass back after all the meats are cooked and out of the ground. “The kids work pretty hard, too,” he adds ... Did you know that Kailua sculptor Douglas Kenney uses about 7,000 pounds of wet clay a year to create his ceramic art? Some of his award-winning creations are on view through March 29 at The Arts at Marks Garage. He’ll talk about his work at 6:30 p.m. March 20 (536-9828) ...

Windward stalwarts help keep Hawaii’s German Benevolent Society going 150 years after it was founded to help bury German immigrants and sailors and assist with their bills here. “Now we give our money to other charities every year,” says Lee Terry, a retired Le Jardin teacher and Kailua resident. “And I’m the only one who speaks German!” Also on the GBS board with Lee are Lewis Walters of Kailua, president; and Kathleen Gartrell, a retired teacher in Kaneohe ...

Speaking of Le Jardin, it was the only school in the state to stage its own Elementary Science Olympiad on Feb. 29. The event featured a bubbling, smoking graduated cylinder to launch the competition. Competing in Worm Jeopardy, State of Matter Pentathlon, Pasta Bride Building and Mystery Architecture were 350 students

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