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Carol Chang
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June 11, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Joel Matsunaga
Joel Matsunaga

Receiving a gold medal for valor May 16 in city ceremonies was Branden Ige (Castle 2004 cum laude). The event honored emergency medical personnel and lifeguards for courage and bravery. An EMT, he and his partner answered a call and found a man lying on the hood of a parked car. They woke him up, but he struck out at them. Branden was able to restrain the man until police arrived, and then tended to his partner, who had been pummeled by the apparently drunken man. “Branden’s not a big guy,” says his mom, Tammy Ige, proudly, “but he held the guy down. It must be the adrenaline” ...

Speaking of Castle grads, when the Knights’ bus caravan lumbered down Kaneohe’s favorite parade route on graduation night (May 31), the crowd went wild and the fireworks soared. What a great send-off for the cheering kids inside ... Well, folks, Kailua singer Barbara Higbie‘s back on for 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Atherton studio. HPR got its spare part plugged into the air conditioning system, and it’s working fine. (“Too cold now,” says one staffer) ...

McDonald’s of Hawaii has distributed $2,500 scholarships to 10 of its top student employees, and that includes recent Kalaheo High graduate Ken Uchida,who works at the Kaneohe Marine base restaurant. Ken plans to attend UH-Manoa ... Herbert Ziegler and Margot Henriksen of Kaneohe are panelists following the screening of Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust. It will be shown at 7 p.m. June 19 in Krauss Hall at UH-Manoa. Both are associate history professors at UH (956-8244) ... Look for Kailua’s Judah Oschner at the annual Hawaii Summer Salsa Fest June 21 at McCoy Pavilion. He’s one of the 2008 honorees for winning the 2006

Hawaii Salsa Dance title and representing the state at two world salsa championships (941-5216) ... Waimanalo native Kalae Miles has just released his first album Ho’opono through Aumakua Records, offering a blend of old and new Hawaiian music ... Joel Matsunaga has moved from telecommunications to bioenergy. The Kaneohe CPA and father of four has just been named executive vice president of Hawaii BioEnergy, established in 2006 by Hawaii’s largest landowners to develop new energy sources. Joel was an executive with Hawaiian Telcom (and its other names) since 1979 ...

Matthew Lyons
Matthew Lyons

Braxton Sato of Kaneohe is one of 37 winners of a $6,000 scholarship from the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation - for his good moves on the courts and in the classroom (at Iolani). Braxton will use the grant at USC ... Ella Aiwohi of Kahuku High has won a $1,000 scholarship from the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council ... Here’s an interesting development. Kaneohe’s KC Collins received the Windward Community College Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Service from chancellor Angela Meixell during WCC commencement exercises last month. KC, the UH Foundation director of development for community colleges, was on the Mainland at the time, so her son Alex Lilly, 13, accepted it for her ...

Hear them roar: At the state Lions Clubs convention on Maui, the Kahaluu Lions were recognized for having the division 1 Best President (Agnes Tani) and Best Club; editor Clarence Izuo‘s Pali Lines newsletter for the Pali Lions won for Best Bulletin for division 2, and Chris Kalopedes’ Kaneohe Lions bulletin was second for division 1 ... Matthew Lyons of Kailua has graduated for Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ...

Brenton Awa of Kaneohe has earned his bachelor of science in speech communication from Clarion University in Pennsylvania ...

In Hawaii’s group of 19 brilliant young scientists at the International Science Fair in Atlanta last month was Kamehameha senior (now graduate) Micah Maetani of Kaneohe. Mark, who’s heading for Stanford this fall, came home with a $3,000 U.S. savings bond and a gold medallion for his study, “Growth Inhibition of Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Effect of Methanolic Extracts from Various Nuts” ... Congratulations to the Kahuku student girls’ teams, who entered the recent Samoa High School Cultural Arts Festival competition at Polynesian Cultural Center. They placed first in fire making, and second in basket weaving and coconut husking


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