Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 28, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Tori Miyagi
Tori Miyagi

A former Kaneohe Neighborhood Board member, Betsy Gaisthia Pierce, is a contestant in the Mrs. Hawaii United States 2008 Pageant, set for 7 p.m. June 6 at Paliku Theatre. Betsy has many well-wishers from her former work home at MidWeek, too ... Every Wednesday night in June, Windward Mall will give each of its first 100 shoppers (adults spending $100 or more) a $10 Aloha Petroleum gift certificate. General manager Jonathan Kim says he figures this may offset the cost of driving to and from the mall. And don’t forget, it’s air conditioned ...

Wireless technology has come to ancient Kawainui marsh. Last week Dole Middle School students demonstrated a high-tech method they used to test water quality at the marsh, accompanied by University of Hawaii and AT&T officials at Ulupo heiau ... Kaneohe resident Rose Chin will have her art work on display in the exhibit Now & Then in June and July at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific’s Louis Vuitton Creative Art Program gallery ... The Queen’s Medical Center is in good hands thanks to two Windward folks who like to help. Tori Miyagi of Kaneohe, a Hawaii Baptist Academy senior, is Queen’s Student Volunteer of the Year.


Tori’s logged more than 420 hours there this year. (He also was named Page of the Year by the U.S. Congress.) And Kailua’s Suzanne Nakoa is Queen’s 2008 Adult Volunteer, having given more than 580 hours of her time at the hospital where she’s known as “professional with an insatiable sense of humor” ... Two Laie brothers couldn’t have done better at the Junior Pacific Firekife Dance championships at Polynesian Cultural Center. The performers - Julius Tafiti in the 12-17 year category ($800) and Achilles Tafiti in the 6-11 year category ($150) - both took top honors May 19. Achilles tied for first with a Honolulu dancer. Last year, the brothers shared third-place wins ...

Suzanne Nakoa
Suzanne Nakoa

Just as cultural, but not quite as hot, Ahuimanu Elementary School’s Hawaiian kupuna Ka’ohu Cazinha is one of seven winners statewide in the first Na Mo’olelo Kulaiwi Writing Contest, which showcased stories of life experiences in Hawaii. Winners were announced at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival. Kaohu wrote My Sister’s Funny That Way, top-ping the non-fiction category. Kupuna Patricia Hanohano of Kaneohe Elementary earned an honorable mention for My Mea Ai: My Favorites ...

Beneficial Financial Group sent its Kailua executive, Rich Pinto, and his daughter Kapeka on an unusual community service project. They spent time helping build a small school at a remote village in Guatemala and reportedly returned renewed and in awe of the needs there ... Kaneohe Library has a rotating exhibit of the town’s Distinguished Kama’aina that first appeared at the Windward Ho’olaulea. They are Harold K.L. Castle, Bryan Clay, Joe Harper, Alice Hewett, Don Ho, Ulysses Henry Jones, Rosamond Swanzy Morgan, Rev. Benjamin Parker,Dr. J.I. Frederick Reppun, Henry Wong, Evans Yim and Emily Kaui Zuttermeister. (Their portraits and profiles are on view four at a time) ...


Drs. Michael Bennett, Clifton Otto and H. Andrew Williams brought the Project Vision mobile unit to Kailua High School recently, where they shared with students everything they’ve always wanted to know about the human eye. Sponsored by the Retina Institute of Hawaii, the mobile unit, which the teens toured, has a camera that gives a 200-degree internal view of the retina in less than 90 seconds (955-0255)

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