Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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July 16, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Sarah Tyler
Sarah Tyler

Ahuimanu actress Kalia Medeiros is Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, now playing at Diamond Head Theatre. She’ll be ripping down that yellow brick road, too, because they added five more shows even before it opened on July 11. The show closes Aug. 3, last I heard (733-0274) ... Speaking of the stage, veteran actor of Broadway, film and TV, Steve Harmon, died July 7, and his ashes were scattered off Lanikai, which has been his home since retiring from show business and real estate. An avid kayaker, Steve, 69, began his career as a child actor on the Broadway stage with the likes of Ethel Merman and Tallulah Bankhead ...


Two young Kaneohe actors, Brianna Pratt and Christa Sonido, and Hally Chaffin of Kailua are in the Saint Louis Center for the Arts production of Rent, playing this Thursday through Sunday at Mamiya Theater. Brianna plays Maureen in the school edition of the award-winning Broadway musical, and Christa and Hally are in the ensemble (550-8457) ... District 51 state House candidate Quentin Kawananakoa is retrofitting a 20-foot trailer as his mobile campaign headquarters. It’s a way to save potential voters’ gas money, he explains. In one scenario, for example, residents will be invited to a coffee hour at the trailer while it’s parked in their neighborhood (Kailua to Waimanalo). “The closer we are, the easier it is for the people to get involved in the process,” Quentin says ...

Punahou School president James Scott presented the coveted John F. Fox Achievement Award to Kaneohe seventh-grader Sarah Tyler last month for her accomplishments in academics, sports and extracurricular activities. (It comes with a partial tuition remission, too). Sarah also won the Case Middle School award, nominated by teachers who look for “helpfulness and caring for others” in their students ... Co-chairs Cory Dejesus and Letty Nagata have a special offer that incoming Castle High seniors shouldn’t refuse: Sign up for Project Grad 2009 at packet pickup day (July 22) and pay only $75. After that, it’s subsidized but costs $100 ... Rozlynd Vares of Kaneohe made the second-semester dean’s list at Clarion University in Pennsylvania ...

Sean Souza
Sean Souza

Natural Vibrations’ lead singer Peni Pua’auli was seriously injured while bodyboarding recently at Sandy Beach, according to a band announcement, and underwent surgery at Castle hospital July 7. Fans can send their good wishes to him care of the band, P.O. Box 1515, Kaneohe HI 96744 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ... Sean Souza (Castle 2004) has completed Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... The Hawaiian Humane Society’s “Be Kind to Animals Week” promotional contest attracted many vivid posters, including winning art from Aikahi Elementary’s Lauren Yen and Jason Flores ... Twenty years ago the Class of 1988 graduated from Castle High School.


It’s time to reconnect, folks, so punch in to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ... The Healthcare Association of Hawaii’s Home Care and Hospice Division has honored two Windward women with 2008 awards for their “significant contributions” to the industry. They are Beth Hoban of Prime Care Services Hawaii Inc. (the Charlotte Dennis Leadership Award) and Diana Nations of Castle Community Care (the Rose Ann Poyzer Caregiver Award) ... Kailua native Alana Kenner, 21, is marketing what she considers to be a great new skin product. “It’s nicknamed ‘the wrinkle iron,’” Alana says, “because it can literally iron out wrinkles within 10 minutes!” To find out more about this new kind of ironing, call her at 540-429-5592 - before you sprout one more line on your face

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