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Carol Chang
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July 09, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Sayre Meinken
Sayre Meinken

Kainalu Elementary sixth-grader Matthew Callahan has won a scholarship to space camp this summer at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville,Ala. The son of a Marine Corps officer, Matthew is one of 15 military children picked for the week-long camp. “I’d really like to be the first man to walk on Mars,” he told the Hawaii Marine ...

Kaneohe’s busy dance troupe, 24-VII DanceForce, takes over the amphitheater stage at Ward Centers at noon Saturday - and it’s free (591-8411) ... Doggie Paddles pet-sitting service, run by Lanikai resident Pam Lewis, is expanding its sitting and walking to “all of Kailua” after one year in business. Just in time for the “stay-cation” you planned. Call Pam at 256-1126 or go to www.doggiepaddles.wordpress.com ...

Castle Medical Center is listed by Data Advantage among the “top values” for hospitals on Oahu (Kapiolani at Pali Momi is the other one) based on things like quality, affordability, efficiency and patient satisfaction ... It happens. Your friendly neighborhood dentist finally retires. That’s the case with H.L. Furukawa, who’s been keeping mouths healthy in Kailua for nearly a half-century. Aloha, Dr.

Furukawa, and be sure to floss ... Kalaheo graduate and musician Justin Young,now in the Colbie Caillat band, joins John Mayer‘s July tour of the Mainland, after recent shows here with Colbie and local folks ... Sayre Meinken of Kailua made the spring dean’s list at Taylor University in Indiana, where she’s a sophomore studying computer science. Sayre was a homeschool graduate here ...

Kealaonapua Kanoho
Kealaonapua Kanoho

Meanwhile, two Kaneohe residents have graduated from Washington State University in Pullman. Aubrey Gene Kaulana Kiemnec earned a B.A. in sport management magna cum laude, and Sarah Low picked up her B.S. in biological science and general studies ... I’m sure Buddy the Dog (familiar to Lanikai neighbors and online fans) spoke for all licensed therapy dogs when he met with Gov. Linda Lingle on July 3 in her executive chambers for his 15 minutes of fame. Buddy brought along his human companion, Liz Rizzo ... Kealaonapua Kanoho of Waimanalo, a recent UH-West Oahu graduate, won the 2008 Outstanding Senior Award from the Hawaii Association of Public Accountants. She aims to be a CPA ...

Joshua Higaki of Kaneohe has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. ... Rachel Pavlis, a freshman from Kaneohe, made the honor roll by earning straight A’s for spring term at Oregon State University. Kaneohe senior Julia Flynn, made the Beavers’ honor roll in her exercise and sport science studies ... Martin Hee, retired firefighter, Castle track coach and kidney transplant recipient, is off to the U.S. Transplant Games in Pittsburgh, Pa., July 11-16 with Team Hawaii, which is fielding athletes in six sports plus a support team of living donors and donor families, sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation ... Laura Suzuki (Kahuku 1991, U. of Phoenix 2007) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ...

David Torraca,who retired last fall from the Air Force, got to put his uniform back on to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross recently. According to David’s dad, Lou Torraca of Aikahi, David’s now a civilian worker with the 1st Special Operations Wing. He was a gunship crew member helping a SEALS team that came under machine gun fire in September 2007 in Iraq. He and two fellow crewmen were honored for their successful air support of that mission (i.e. no lives lost) ... Look for the smoke out west: Anthony Bondoc of Kaneohe opened a Blazin Steaks franchise recently in Kapolei


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