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Carol Chang
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September 03, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Brian Fields

They couldn’t have picked a more qualified man to be the state’s first energy facilitator. Gov. Linda Lingle named Joshua Strickler of Kailua to the post last week, citing his extensive experience in the industry - as an engineer and UH-educated attorney. Joshua will be charged with seeing that 70 percent of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources by 2030. His resume lists work on oil fields in Kazakhstan, power stations at the South Pole and safety monitoring of off-shore oil rigs ...

The day before the Aug. 9 Gabby Pahinui Kanikapila, city officials joined more than 100 volunteers to clean up Waimanalo Beach Park for the big event. They painted, picked up trash, raked leaves, poured concrete and patched the ball field. Topping that off, the next day Mayor Mufi Hannemann (a park worker himself) presented a $5,000 Hoku Paa Award to the Pahinui family to honor the legendary musician’s achievements ...

Travis Ng

Congratulations to Kahuku soccer star Natasha Kai, who delighted fans and America at large with her contribution to the Olympic gold medal earned by the U.S. women’s soccer team ... Windward artists to see Friday at the Mendonca courtyard for First Friday downtown (262-5930): Shana Squier, Kate Wagner, Fred Gayagas and Red Mehan ... Brian Fields(Kalaheo 2003) has graduated from the U.S.

Naval Academy. He received his commission in May as an ensign and is now headed to Pensacola for pilot training. Brian’s dad, Paul, is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps ...

Alexandra Chandler of Kailua has graduated from Army National Guard basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... The late Buzz Schneider, founder of Buzz’s Original Steak House in Lanikai, will be inducted into the Hawaii Restaurant Association 2008 Hall of Fame for dedication and commitment to growth of the industry prior to 1970 ...

Tanja Kambel

Tanja Kambel and Travis Ng, both of Kaneohe, have graduated from Air force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. Travis is an honors graduate of the six-week course. Ricky Hipolito (Kahuku 2005), did the same thing at the same place through the Air Force Reserve ...

Tom Holowach of Kailua (and Paliku Theatre manager) is in hell this month, but it’s all on an air-conditioned stage. He plays Dante in the cast of Dante’s Inferno - Army Community Theatre’s first effort in its Readers Theatre series at 2 p.m. Sept. 7, 14 and 21 ...

Tricia Marciel of Kailua is in Dave & Buster’s latest Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre production, The Glitch that Stole Christmas, playing at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 and 20, Oct. 11 and 25, and Nov. 15 and 29 (589-2215).

Ricky Hipolito

That’s right, Glitch. It has to do with Santa’s computerized list. Meanwhile, the busy actress also portrays Fantine in Diamond Head Theatre’s Les Miserables, opening Sept. 26 (733-0274) ...

Veteran political writers Stu Glauberman and Jerry Burris, both of Kailua, wrote The Dream Begins: How Hawaii Shaped Barack Obama. The book hasn’t been released yet (early September date through Watermark), but copies sent to the Denver convention sold out “in a couple of hours,” Stu reports

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