Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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April 30, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Jimmy Davis
Jimmy Davis

Most of the time, Chris Aarona lives in Waimanalo with his wife Pua and four kids, and works full time for Matson. But from May 8 to 10 he will represent the USA at the Pan American Judo Championships, and at the Olympic Zone Cup May 11 - both in Miami. His goal: the 2008 US Olympic Judo Team. To help him get there, head for Pipeline Cafe from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday and plunk down your $15 ($10 presale) for music, pupus and auctions (845-3113). Chris is currently ranked No. 2 among the USA Judo Senior Elite Males 100kg ...

Nellie Aina won the mayor’s HMSA Platinum Award this month for the many ways she helps her Waimanalo Seniors, Alu Like Kupuna, the Waimanalo and Kailua food banks and the Neighborhood Watch. Colleagues say Nellie is everywhere there’s a need for food, fun, blankets, clothing or music (on her ukulele) ... Just as fun, Kahaluu’s Erwin Hudelist, president of Hagadone Printing Co., co-leads a business sustainability seminar for the Hawaii Publishers Association at 11:30 a.m. May 7 at Natsunoya Tea House. Erwin’s topic: how Hagadone became a nationally recognized leader in environmental responsibility ...

Wally Amos
Wally Amos

Ahuimanu Elementary sixth-grader Jimmy Davis has an important role in The Actors’ Group show Shadowlands, playing now through May 11 at the Yellow Brick Studio in town (722-6941) ... Maybe the question should be, Where’s Wally? instead of Where’s Waldo? Last week saw ourWally Amos at the Kailua Library, reading to kids; at Pearl City Cultural Center narrating Peter and the Wolf for the Honolulu Symphony children’s concerts (four of them!) and at Mid-Pac Country Club accepting honors from Windward Rotary for all that he does ... Pilioha, Mandy Keawa and Kama’ehu will entertain at Kailua High’s May Day celebration Saturday afternoon on the football field ...

Painter David Parker of Kaneohe is one of four Maoli Arts Month awardees who has “devoted decades to his art form, creating works on canvas that have inspired generations.” The presentation ceremony is at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bishop Museum ... Kamie Hobbs Berkey of Kailua plays Doris in Army Community Theatre’s Bye Bye Birdie (May 8-24), and her daughter Addison is in the chorus. Other Windward folks involved: director Scott Rogers of Waimanalo and his daughter Kanani (438-4480) ...

Kamie H. Berkey
Kamie H. Berkey

Many thanks to Ahuimanu neighbors J.N. Musto and his wife Linda. They found, fed and tattled on our wandering mutt, Max, age 14, who thought he had embarked on a grand adventure by slipping out of the yard last Monday night. After a tense two-hour search, I actually called the humane society, and they linked me up with the Mustos, who live two blocks away. Some adventure, huh, Maxie? ...

Speaking of dogs, a month ago we were stranded in Las Vegas with useless return tickets on ATA. Making the most of our extra time there, we went to a Clark County dog park with our daughter Erin and her tiny Maltese pooch, Pono. He had a fine time, and all the dogs played well together. Some humans, however, couldn’t figure out how to get along. In the parking lot we witnessed two macho guys ramming each other head-on with their SUVs, then fuming off in a cloud of desert dust ... The Honolulu Police Community Foundation invites students to apply by April 30 for its college scholarships. Former HPD chief Lee Donohue chairs the group (942-1400)

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