Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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August 06, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Christopher Aurio
Christopher Aurio

Now’s your chance to tell people (nicely) to sit down and be quiet. Denise Ellinwood is desperately seeking ushers for the busy fall season at Paliku Theatre. Sit down and give her a call at 235-4852 ... Congratulations to kumu hula Mapuana de Silva of Lanikai, whose Halau Mohala ‘Ilima has performed at 30 straight Merrie Monarch festivals, where they consistently come out winners ...

Angela Vitro of Kaneohe is one of five final-ists (out of 50 who auditioned) in HPR’s Great Songs art song contest, set for Sept. 5 at Atherton Performing Arts Studio (955-8821). A UH music student, Angela beat out her own mother, Anne Marie, who was a semifinalist in the 11th annual competition ... Frank Haas of Kailua, who has extensive experience in the tourist industry, will chair the next Hawaii Book and Music Festival, which is already set for May 16 and 17, 2009 ... Jeffrey Suit of Kaneohe is a junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, where he made the spring semester dean’s list. Jeffrey is majoring in computer science, games and simulation, and arts and science ...

George Carlson
George Carlson

Kayla May Akiona, with roots in Kailua, is now attending Hyde Park Math & Science Middle School Academy in Las Vegas, where she will be profiled in the United States Achievement Academy yearbook ... About 250 volunteers, including 150 members of the Mormon church and state Sen. Clayton Hee, descended on Kahuku Beach last Saturday for a cleanup in partnership with the Hawaii Conservation Conference and International Year of the Reef. Dean Otsuki and Suzanne Frazer (393-2168) coordinate as well as educate during these projects by B.E.A.C.H. (Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii) ... Speaking of lawmakers, Pre-K Now honored U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono July 16 with its Pre-K Champion Award for her hard work to successfully pass a bill in the House for federal grant support of early childhood education ...

Air National Guard 2nd Lt.Koani Lau (Castle 1996, UH 2000) has graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Miss., earning his silver wings. Koani is assigned to the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron at Hickam ... Christopher Aurio of Kaneohe has graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. ... Earning master’s degrees this summer from the University of Oklahoma at Norman are Jeffery McCarty of Kaneohe and Mary Bunyan of Waimanalo ...

Samantha McKinley
Samantha McKinley

Golden Plover awards from Windward Community College’s annual literary journal Rain Bird recently went to Tamara Moan (writing retreat participant) and Kristen Kouke (WCC student) for their outstanding contributions. The award is sponsored by Windward Arts Council ... Massage therapist George Carlson and advanced practice nurse Samantha McKinley have joined Windward Biofeedback Associates of Kaneohe, which specializes in alternative treatment for ADHD, severe anxiety and related illnesses (781-3007). George does peak performance training and chronic pain management; Sam is training to provide brainwave biofeedback services ...

Can you top this? I logged my first kolea sighting on July 30 at the Kahekili/Likelike loop. Welcome back, little fellah ... Then I took a look at the license plates going by (how I get to work safely, I don’t know). Here are a few samples: ITUNEM, OHWELL, LOOOVE, 4DTUDE, 4RVOVO, UNKO, HRD HD and - on a tow truck - RESQNU

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