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Carol Chang
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April 23, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Sky Okimoto
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Castle High’s Kekoa Kane won Brown Bags to Stardom’s Best Male Vocalist and was second for the Original Song award April 5 at the Waikiki Shell. Not only that, Kekoa and Jordan Namahoe, Sheldon Bastatas and Quela Pua’auli came in second for Best Performance of the night among 25 schools ... Art by Kaaawa resident Rory Tani is on view now through May 31 at Rehab Hospital’s Louis Vuitton gallery. The exhibit is called The Big Picture (531-3511) ...

Susan Friedl, a retired city parks recreation director, has won the Making a Difference for Women award from Windward Soroptimist International. Susan has been volunteering since 1976, from Junior League to the Boys and Girls Club Windward Clubhouse, where she currently teaches arts and crafts ...

Tracy Yano says committed parents are determined to raise $10,000 before May 31 to put on a good overnight graduation party for Kailua High seniors. One way to help: Get a coupon and stop by Big City Diner on Hamakua Drive before May 1. As long as you eat there from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and after 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, a percentage of what you spend goes to Project Grad. For coupons, call 741-6466 ...

What an exciting finish: two Windward girls tied for Miss Aloha Hula at the Merrie Monarch. Kuhi Suganuma of Keolalaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka finally inched into the winners’circle ahead of Kapalaiula de Silva of Halau Mohala ‘Ilima ... Mike Mohica (Kahuku 1995) has opened a Kanak Attack cafe and catering enterprise in Boise, Idaho, with some local boys on his staff ... State Rep. Cynthia Thielen is on a green attack with the Kanu Program. Her latest tree plantings were at Aikahi Elementary and St. Anthony’s April 18 (kukui nut trees) and Le Jardin Academy (kou) April 22 ...

Sky Okimoto played the lead role of an American tourist in Chaminade University’s recent production of Brigadoon. Fellow Windward residents involved in the musical were Tim Carney, Doug Hall, Jessica Kauhane and Iris Kauhane ...

Hope it heats up next week. Two Windward ice cream merchants have cheap or free ice cream ready for customers. Windward Mall’s new Ben & Jerry’s gives it away from noon to 8 p.m. April 29, and the two Kaneohe Baskin-Robbins are selling scoops for 31 cents from 5 to 10 p.m. April 30 ...

Dr. Alex Concepcion invited folks to “take a break,” so to speak, at his Back 2 Health Chiropractic Center April 16 in Kaneohe, making it a Latin Business Hawaii networking party with catered Puerto Rican pupus from his own Latin Grindz. Admission proceeds went to LBH scholarships ... Kaneohe pediatrician Greg Yim lectures at 6 p.m. April 30 on “The ABCs of Autism” at the Queen’s Conference Center auditorium (537-7117) ...

HFD’s fire safety tip of the month: Install and maintain your smoke alarms and prepare your evacuation plan ... If it’s not too late, Helen Wagner invites you to a Brain Gym for Seniors talk at 7 p.m. April 22 at Lani Huli (292-0519) ... Le Jardin’s Brita Hofwolt won a $1,000 scholarship from the U.S. Institute of Peace as the state winner in its peace essay contest. Brita wrote Columbus’s Legacy: Resource Conflicts in Latin America, Past and Present. She gets to attend embassy briefings and a gala dinner in June in Washington, D.C. ...

Speaking of Le Jardin, LJA seventh-grader Ben White and two other state winners got to read their essays at Hawaii State Library during the Letters about Literacy awards last Saturday. Ben gets a cash prize and a Target gift card. Next up, the national competition ... Kahaluu’s resident cultural expert Richard Paglinawan will discuss “the plants of the ancient Hawaiian martial arts” Saturday during Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum for Earth Day (847-3511)

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