Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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August 20, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Matt Love
Matt Love

Want a clean car? Some of Hawaii’s top executives will be scrubbing away from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Rehab hospital on Kuakini Street, helping raise funds for the hospital’s brain injury program. Among them are Maunawili’s Ko Miyataki (Rehab Foundation president) and Windward’s Nancy Hughes, who is chief of psychology there (371-2882) ...

Congratulations to Windward Oahu’s District Teacher of the Year for 2009. Kailua High School teacher Ramona Takahashi will be honored Oct. 16 by the Board of Education. Ramona is already 2008 Coach of the Year (for girls basketball) ... It’s not just about ringing that gong and feeding the fish, folks. Nancy Kreis is behind the special cultural and music programs offered at Byodo-In Temple at the back of Valley of the Temples cemetery. A nearby resident and employee in the temple’s gift shop, Nancy believes it’s comforting to both the living and those that rest there permanently to have soothing jazz, martial arts and the other interesting events staged there throughout the year ...

Anthony Ryan and The Ridgecrest Wranglers, who bring a regular country flair to Boardriders most Monday nights, have won the Colgate Country Showdown finals (and $1,000) for both Hawaii and California. Next up: the West Regionals in October in North Bend, Ore. ...

Waimanalo resident Matt Love is competing in the 2008 Ka Himeni Ana (unamplified Hawaiian music) contest at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Hawaii Theatre. The show is founded 24 years ago by Rick Towill of Kahaluu and his dad Richard M. Towill.To cheer Matt on - in an unamplified, but boisterous style - get your tickets at 528-0506 ... Hurray for parched shave ice fans. There’s still snow in Kailua, as James Kodama will keep his Island Snow outlet open at Kailua Beach Center while closing his two townside stores this year ...

Malia Montgomery
Malia Montgomery

Postcard from WCC chancellor Angela Meixell: She and her husband Tim are enjoying an Alaska cruise they won at KEY Project’s Koolau Ohana Festival last year. I bet they’ll be back for the next festival, set for Oct. 18 ... Before Denny’s (to come), there was Flamingo restaurant at Windward City. And way before that was Spence Weaver‘s Tiki Tops. If you remember that family coffee shop, you should go to the reunion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hawaiian Hut for all former employees, customers and purveyors of the family’s chain of eateries. It’s $35 and due by Aug. 19 (277-5358) ...

Oops. Marine Corps veteran Bob Talmadge isn’t as old as I thought. He fought in the Korean War, but was too young for WW2, as stated in last week’s column ... Malia Montgomery of Kaneohe has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Kailua’s Tom Klobe delivers the Art Lunch lecture (on textiles) at noon Aug. 26 at the Hawaii State Art Museum. Tom is former director of the UH art gallery ...

Speaking of art, the new Paradise white pages feature Kaneohe hula dancer Aureana Tseu holding leis while surrounded by the natural amenities of Waimea Valley (and photographed by Linda Ching) ... Jeremy Brouard won a $250 Pearlridge shopping from Hawaii State Library and Pizza Hut for finishing third in the Teen Summer Reading sweepstakes. Jeremy attends Kailua Intermediate when he’s not reading books, and even when he is ...

Tennis update. Terry Olival and Bruce Nagel agree that there were 5,000 fans, not 3,000, at the Kailua Racquet Club (though not all at once) for the recent Men’s Night Doubles ... Does anyone want to adopt two chicks? Y York and Mark Lutwak found the little peepers in a box last week in Windward Estates (235-2545)

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