Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 21, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Laura Hayakawa
Laura Hayakawa

Like brothers, like sister.Justeen Castillo of Waiahole, age 16, took top honors last week in the Teine Toa O Samoa women’s fireknife competition at Polynesian Cultural Center. She brandished three fire-lit knives and stole the show, officials say. Dancing with fire runs in this family, as you may already know. Justeen competed in the duet division with her brother Ua Mana Castillo, and her other brother Jaz won the Junior Pacific Fireknife title in 2004 ...

King Intermediate School’s Cobra team was named Rookie of the Year at the annual the Hawaii regional Botball tournament May 10 at the convention center, where teams from 35 schools gathered to design and build a Lego robot to “rescue astronauts from a solar flare.” Olomana School won the Judges’ Choice Overall award ... Raphael Leonard and Nicholas Anich of Kalaheo High are cast in the Hawaii Young Actors Ensemble for The Tempest at Hawaii Theatre. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. May 29 and 30 (528-0506). Student apprentices include Kalaheo’s Lisa Kinoshita for costume design and Kahuku High’s Nicolette Tevenen for stage management. And it’s all directed by Kaaawa resident Hester Kamin ...

An HPU professor of environmental science, Kailua resident John Gutrich, has received the college’s Trustees’Award for Teaching Excellence. John was nominated by students and selected by a committee representing the HPU community as the faculty member “who best exemplifies the ideals of distinguished teaching” ... Parker Bode of Kaneohe made the winter dean’s list at Portland State University ... ProService Hawaii has hired Kaneohe resident Laura Hayakawa as account manager to work with payroll, benefits and human resource specialists in assisting clients. Laura is a veteran in the HR field and also worked in marketing for the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau ...

Mitch D'Olier
Mitch D’Olier

Rehab hospital has appointed Erin Bigler, a clinical neuropsychology professor at BYU, as its Morita Distinguished Fellow for 2008. Erin will be teaching at BYU-Hawaii and studying how patients adjust to brain injuries at both Rehab and at Queen’s ... Kaneohe Ranch president and CEO Mitch D’Olier has received the Holo Pono Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Hawaii chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Mitch has overseen major redevelopment of Kailua as well as $7 million in grants from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, which he also heads. Way to go, Mitch ...

Don’t look up unless you’re stopped at the light, but a mynah bird family is building a nest at the bottom of the “To Kailua” sign - the one as you enter the Likelike/Kahekili intersection ...Windward writers did well in the 2008 Lorin Tarr Gill Writing competition. Paul Flentge of Kailua took first in Fiction for Bombing Pearl Harbor; Kaneohe’s Colleen Marie Murphy earned honorable mention in Fiction for Somebody at Home; Jan McGrath of Kailua took first in Poetry for Smoothers; and Michelle Cruz Skinner of Kailua took third in Nonfiction for Translating ...

Catherine Graham is recruiting for Aspect Foundation, which places students from 30 countries in Island homes. Her personal peace mission this year is to find host homes in Windward for teens from the Middle East (741-4317) ... Markham Vineyards in Napa Valley wants to give $25,000 to two people to help them complete community projects that create “positive, tangible change.” Check it out online at www.MarkhamMarkofDistinction.com

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