Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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July 02, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Cara Horibe
Cara Horibe

A 2002 magna cum laude Castle graduate, former UH Rainbow Dancer and high-energy member of 24-7 DanceForce, Cara Horibe is now competing with the Fanny Pack team on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Last time I checked, they were voted to remain on the show.

According to Cara’s mom, Wanda, the price of fame meant she lost her job at Roy’s in Woodland Hills, Calif., in order to take off the time to devote to the TV competition - as well as working on Disney’s High School Musical 3. Also in the dance mix is 24-7 dancer, choreographer and Castle grad Mark Kanemura on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance? ... While at BayFest Saturday, you can get autographs from Three Doors Down. Look for the band at 6 p.m. in the retail tent by the Marine Exchange ...

A 150-pound bull mastiff named Buddy now makes the rounds at Oahu’s nursing homes, cheering up the old folks and proving that you don’t have to be tiny and fuzzy to bring a smile. Buddy lives with his “parents” Jennifer and Dr. Gary Rosas in Kailua. Gary is here on a geriatric fellowship at UH ... Kahuku librarian Fran Corcoran waxes nostalgic about her hometown of Chicago at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 1) at the library. Ahh, those hot summers at Riverview Park (293-8935) ...

Mikiala Akiona
Mikiala Akiona

It’s a girl at Sea Life Park, born June 9 to sea lion U’ilanai, weighing in at 17 pounds, 24 inches ... Kailua’s Jeff Coelho left his post in mid June as head of the city’s Customer Services Department to return to radio. The former broadcaster is now general manager for Salem Communications’ seven Hawaii stations ...

Amanda Tabata of Kailua and Mikiala Akiona of Kaneohe were both honored at their Maryknoll High School graduation. Amanda was valedictorian, and she’ll attend Goucher College in Baltimore. Mikiala received the Father John Murray Award, which recognizes her “unselfish assistance in serving fellow students and the Maryknoll community.” She plans to study at UH-Hilo ... Ken Onion of Kaneohe has been inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame for 2008, making him one of the most well-known knife designers in the country. Ken also invented and patented the SpeedSafe system that makes it possible to safely unfold a knife with one hand ...

Amanda Tabata
Amanda Tabata

How many times have you stopped at Maruki Tei in Windward Mall for a bite to eat? Eloise Holt and her family have been dishing out the good stuff there since the mall opened - and before that her mom Edith Oshima had a deli and shave ice shop, and before that she was feeding hungry Marines at her Kaneohe Restaurant (by the current Jack in the Box). Three generations, 70 years already. Congratulations, and lucky us! ...

Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center’s Father’s Day essay contest produced some wise words from the young ones. First-place winners were Kacie Lam of Heeia Elementary, Megan Howland of Ahuimanu Elementary and Tehina Letson of King Intermediate. Wrote Tehina: “My dad has taught me to be forgiving. I learned forgiveness not only by the words he spoke but by the actions he made.” Wrote Kacie: “My dad taught me how to ride bike and how to play baseball, but the two most important things he taught me was pono and aloha” ...

Just as traditional as Dad’s Day is Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett‘s August ho’ike in Kaneohe. No more! Last year was No. 30, and Frank (now a grampa) says the folks are getting weary. Still, new ideas are brewing


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