Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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August 13, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Colleen Tanaka
Colleen Tanaka

A good person to know if you’re prone to illness or accident is Colleen Tanaka. The Kaneohe resident has just been promoted by AirMed Hawaii from flight para-medic to clinical team supervisor. She will oversee the crew members, their scheduling and payroll, as well as continue transporting patients safely between the islands for the air ambulance service. Colleen also teaches and lectures to would-be emergency technicians at Kapiolani Community College - a program she graduated from. She also is certified for all kinds of trauma and life support responses for old and young victims, and she’s a HAZMAT triage responder ...

The Kaneohe Lions Club’s annual Makahiki at Kaneohe District Park on July 12 brought in more than $2,000, which co-chair Harold Aloiau says will go to support the district’s summer fun volunteers and the park program itself ... Kaneohe dentist and steel guitar master Isaac Akuna will join Ku’uipo Kumukahi and other talents for a concert Saturday at HPR’s Atherton studio theater. It costs $20 to $10 to get in (955-8821). No dental work will be performed on the premises ...


Renae Bell of Kailua has a celebrity story to share about a local guy she encountered at Kailua District Park. It was Dane Sardinha, a catcher in the Detroit Tiger’s franchise. “We throw the ball for our dog,” she says, “and this small-town boy is at the next field with his brother and dad practicing hitting and letting us borrow an old ball to throw. Unreal!” ...

Windward girl made good: Kalei Stern has begun her new job as executive director for Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation, the charitable arm of Kamehameha Schools with a $13 million endowment. Kalei has the credentials to handle it, with multiple degrees in business and previous work with Hawaii Community Foundation ... Invest a pint of your blood any Monday this summer with the Hawaii

Blood Bank, and you’ll get a coupon for an infusion of a large Zippy’s chili and rice (845-9966) ... Pupukea oil painter Bill Braden will donate half the proceeds from his upcoming exhibit to the Campaign to Save Turtle Bay, an effort directed by the Trust for Public Land to buy and conserve five miles of shoreline and hundreds of acres near Turtle Bay Resort. The show runs from this Saturday through Aug. 31 in the Hawaii Prince Hotel lobby ...

With a few more years than Kimo under his belt, World War II veteran Bob Talmadge keeps the flame alive by co-hosting the public access TV show Veterans Talk, which airs at 8 p.m. every Wednesday on ‘Olelo channel 52. He films new shows monthly with Will Haynes. A Kaneohe resident, the Marine Corps veteran also is president of the Aloha chapter of The Chosin Few ...


Windward musicians Doug Fitch and Lisa Gomes teamed up for a lively show last weekend at Ward Rafters in Kaimuki. Doug has a new CD out called Paradise on the Ocean, and Lisa (who fiddles on Doug’s album) has a regular gig at Muddy Waters in Aikahi Park Shopping Center ... Here’s the August safety tip from Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig: Before lighting a fire, make sure it’s permitted and in a safe location with safe conditions. Protect yourself and have a responsible person there to supervise. And if you’re going to have an imu, call HFD at 523-4411 at least 10 minutes before starting it up

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