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Carol Chang
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April 02, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Maxx Effex
Maxx Effex

Valerie Baldovi of Kaneohe was on hand with family March 8 on Maui for a special reception and release of the 142-page memoir by her late husband, Louis, Holoholo to Wen I Wuz: Kolohe Days in Haiku, Maui 1930s to 1950s. Proceeds from sales ($20) go to the Haiku Living Legacy Project. After Louis’ death from cancer in 2006, Valerie helped to edit and complete her husband’s project for the cause. For details, go to www.haikulivinglegacy.com ...

Enchanted Lake Elementary sixth-grader Chasen Kim has qualified for the state Geography Bee. Look for Chasen and other school winners statewide on Friday at Blaisdell Center answering questions like: “Known for its production of alpaca wool, Arequipa is a major commercial and tourist center in what country just south of Ecuador?” It’s Peru. I knew that ... Lanikai’s James McCarthy will be the music Sunday at the next taping of HPR’s Aloha Shorts - 7 p.m. in Atherton Studio (955-8821) ...

Michelle Schultz (Kalaheo ‘05) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... Congratulations to Kalaheo High’s Emily Valdez, who has been appointed to represent the Windward School District on the Hawaii State Student Council ... Laie native Jennifer Puakela VanHaaften (Kahuku ‘89) has won the $25,000 Milken National Educator Award for her work with English and history classes at Butler Middle School in Clearfield, Utah. (Her mom, Claudia, still teaches at Kahuku High) ...

Kaneohe playwright YYork is at it again, as she and her husband Mark Lutwak premiere her play Bleachers in the Sun April 18 to 27 in The ARTS at Marks Garage (different Mark). It’s billed as a “comic and terrifying look at the pressures that shape and threaten to tear apart today’s young people (550-8457) ... More Windward talent on view: Nathan Aweau, Mihana Souza and George Kuo are in the lineup for the Honolulu Symphony Pops “Golden Age” concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Blaisdell Concert Hall (792-2000) ...

Gov. Linda Lingle
Gov. Linda Lingle

Keri Haitsuka (Castle ‘01) won Miss Congeniality and a scholarship in the 56th annual Cherry Blossom Festival competition March 21 in Waikiki… Dancehall rapper and Kailua boy Maxx Effex and partner Anjj Lee will produce their first concert this week in Hawaii, featuring Big Mountain, which Maxx says is “the only reggae-Hawaiian group who made hits internationally.” The Bud Light Reggae Fest concert tour is on Oahu at 8 p.m. Friday at Don Ho’s. Call 953-9471 ...

Keegan Shepherd-Jones, an HPU junior from Kaneohe, has been working as one of the college’s Justice Administration legislative volunteers this session for state Sen. Norman Sakamoto ... Congratulations to the Le Jardin Soccer Academy, which claimed a championship trophy and second-place finish in the Under 8 and Under 9 divisions, respectively, at the President’s Day Cup tourney. Proud head coach is Paco Saavedra, along with help from Behrouz Aghdasi and Lawrence Smalls. The academy has grown to five teams and 110 players in two years ...

Gov. Linda Lingle and Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona were on their best behavior March 24. Why, you ask? Because several Windward kids were keeping a close eye on them as official “shadows” that day. That was their prize for winning the Leader for a Day essay contest. The working lunch included Alex Shea of Kahuku High, Hannah Broderick of Aikahi Elementary (with Linda); Celeste Sipili of Olomana School and Brianna Gouveia of Kailua Intermediate (with the Duke) ... Author Stephen Lynch of Kahaluu signs his book The Travels of Kui the African Spurred Tortoise at 5 p.m. April 1 during Keiki Night at Sam Choy’s on Nimitz ...

Uncle Mel Murata and Windward’s busy Keiki Palaka Band will perform at the city’s Art on the Block celebration from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m April 19 near the Skygate ... I enjoy puzzling over the meaning of custom license plates. Here are four recent ones to keep your mind fit, and the first one doesn’t count: SHEESH, NTNANI, NOBNOZ and NOTM2P

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