Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 07, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Willie K
Willie K

Inspired by two disappearing okinas, City Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz is co-sponsoring a bill to require proper Hawaiian spellings and diacritical marks on new city signs. Donovan noted that during the recent dedication of the Ka’a'awa Beach Park comfort station, residents pointed out the lack of okinas (as in backward apostrophes) in the park’s name. “It’s just the right thing to do,” he says ...

Willie K, that Maui rascal who lived briefly in Ahuimanu, is returning May 17 to stir things up at the Habilitat luau at WCC (see calendar). It’s not too late to get tickets and treat yourself to Willie, Robi Kahakalau, Da Braddahs, Jeff Rasmussen, dancers and all that great food for a good cause (235-3691) ... New paintings by Kailua artist Brenda Cablayan are on view now through May 29 at Bethel Street Gallery downtown ...

Loic Le Marchand
Loic Le Marchand

Honolulu Symphony concertmaster Iggy Jang plays at 3 p.m. Sunday in Pohai Nani auditorium, accompanied on piano by his wife Christine Suehisa-Jang (247-8410). And it’s free! ... KEY Project is looking for an instructor for Project Hoohuli, its new competency-based high school diploma class for adults. It starts June 16 for two nights a week, focusing on life skills. The students are primarily Native Hawaiian. Call Emma Frias at 239-5777 ...

Financial adviser Carol Slusher has some tips for adults during National Teach Children to Save Day. She’ll lead a seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 6) at Kailua Library. And it’s free ... The same night, Jennifer Young shares Mother’s Day Card craft tips at 6:30 at Kahuku Library, following a May Day Court presentation (293-8935) ... Kaneohe doctor Loic Le Marchand contributed to a report published this month on high cancer mortality among Polynesians. Loic directs the Epidemiology Program at Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, and he’s hopeful the report will lead to better health care. “With these data,” he says, “we can help advocate for more funding to support culturally appropriate programs for those who need it. These would lower the cancer burden in the Polynesian communities” ...

Cleo Brown
Cleo Brown

During spring break, Windward Community College chancellor Angela Meixell got to fly 200 miles from Hickam to the USS Abraham Lincoln to learn about life on a aircraft carrier through the Navy’s Embark Program. And in June, she and her husband redeem the trip she won in a raffle at KEY Project’s Ohana Festival in October: a cruise to Alaska ...Cleo Brown of Kaneohe will head up operations for ING Direct, a national bank and thrift service moving into Waikiki this fall.

It describes itself as “a friendly gathering place where residents and tourists will gather, participate and learn how to improve their financial well-being.” Its quarters will have a cafe, retail shop and call center at 1958 Kalakaua Ave. Cleo volunteers at the Women’s Business Center and has management experience with Thomas Cook, Deak International, plus extensive consulting work ... Congratulations to Kahuku High and Intermediate School teacher Mark Woolsey, winner of a $2,000 Teach Award from Best Buy Co. for “creatively integrating interactive technology into Kahuku’s curriculum” ... And Carol Pierce of Aikahi Elementary, who will receive a Tom Adams Good Idea Grant May 21 at a Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation banquet in Waikiki


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