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Carol Chang
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July 23, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Nona Tamanaha
Nona Tamanaha

Guess who’s excited about opening the Paliku Theatre season? Ron Bright, of course. He will direct Miss Saigon in October - auditions are July 29-31 - and it will be another father-son collaboration between Ron and son Clarke, who is in charge of the music. As many of you may recall, the former Castle Performing Arts Center director has coached 10 students who’ve been in various Miss Saigon productions of the award-winning show: Jade Stice, Cliffton Hall, Chloe Stewart, Melani Tojio, Robert Orosco, Michael and Jade Bright, Kim-E Balmilero, Jewl and Zoe Anguay ...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has promoted Waimanalo native Nona Tamanaha to regional human resources director for Hawaii and French Polynesia. Nona has worked for Starwood since 1986 ... Alika Smith is running the Pete Smith Basketball Camp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21-25 at Kalaheo High gym and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1 at the Pali Highway Hongwanji Mission. For fees and to register, call Alika at 206-0949 ...

Steven Golden
Steven Golden

Helping your community recycle can be hazardous to the pocketbook. During KEY Project’s Aloha Aina Earth Day round-up July 12, event coordinator Rene Mansho “fined” state Sen. Clayton Hee for salvaging “some great, industrial-style corrugate roofing.” According to KEY executive director John Reppun, Clayton “ponied up a check for $250 on the spot, all smiles” ...

Steven Golden has gone from gas to telecommunications in his new job. Formerly with The Gas Company, the Kaneohe resident is now in charge of regulatory issues, corporate communications and customer relations for Hawaiian Telcom ... Graduating from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., are Joshua-Michael Kekoaokalani Vierra of Kahaluu and Shannon Chung of Kaneohe ... Joshua Higaki of Kaneohe has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. Also there completing his basics for the Army Reserve was Derek Fernandez of Kailua ...

Heather Piper
Heather Piper

Rachel Barnette, a UH graduate from Kailua with experience in fashion design and marketing, is now a Realtor associate with Prudential Advantage Realty ... Bonnie Madigan, owner of Under a Hula Moon, proudly shares her shop’s latest honor. The home décor and gift store in Kailua Town Center was named one of Home Accents Today’s 50 Retail Stars for 2008 for its “innovative approaches to marketing and merchandising and having an impact on your community” ...

Busy Kailua mom (and Kalaheo graduate) Heather Piper is also a new senior vice president of Central Pacific Bank, a role that means she’ll manage nine branches and 72 employees in CPB’s effort to bring bankers “back to the communities they serve.” Heather’s already serving. She coaches AYSO soccer and is an involved parent at Le Jardin Academy ... You only have until Nov. 1 to experience the Uncommon Objects exhibit at the Hawaii State Art Museum. Windward artists Ron Kent, Lori Uyehara and Marcia Morse have works in the show ...

Latest tip of the month (July or any month) from Honolulu firefighters: Childproof your home against electrical shock, falls and poisoning; secure your swimming pool and put an alarm on the door that will tell you when a child is heading for it outside; hide the matches and lighters in a safe place


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