Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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September 17, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Amanda Adams

The farewells have begun for Kaneohe drama pro Mark Lutwak and his playwright wife, Y York. In October Mark will become the new education director for the historic and award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He’ll produce the school touring season, manage a theater series for youths and oversee several classes, camps and internships. Among many other things here, Mark was artistic director at Honolulu Theatre for Youth for several years; he played keyboards for Kupa’aina and directed HPR’s Aloha Shorts program. To some residents, they may have been just a couple walking their dogs along Haiku Road, but we shall miss their many and varied creative projects that have enriched live theater in the Islands ...


Kalaheo High vice principal Christine Udarbe needs tennis balls, new or used, to be socks for classroom chair legs. You can drop them off (don’t bounce ‘em) at the office ... Lucky slot players at the California Hotel in Las Vegas this summer include Waimanalo’s Janet Viloria $18,848; Kaneohe’s Paul Tam $9,348. At the Fremont: Kailua’s Lori Paul $6,000; Kaneohe’s Nancy Matsumoto $4,000 (my favorite calabash in-law, yeah Nancy?). At Main Street: Kailua’s Annette Pipi $6,942; Kaneohe’s Barbara Yee $4,908; and Kailua’s Joan O’Connell $4,800 ...

Sheheir Smith

Amanda Adams of Kailua and Sheheir Smith (Kalaheo 2004) have graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. Amanda is an honors graduate of the six-week course ... Belated congratulations to Kalaheo High 2008 graduate Kelsey Finn, who won a full Presidential Scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University ...

The Kaneohe-based Hula Preservation Society has a rare photo exhibit up now through Oct. 10 at Honolulu Hale (third floor) featuring Kent Ghirard‘s digitalized history of his 1950s-era Hula Nani dancers. Ghirard, now age 90, also will appear with the original troupe from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Mission Memorial Auditorium. Call Maile Loo at 247-9440 ...

In announcing a monthlong focus on substance-abuse treatment last week, Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona also introduced Howard Kahue, a former crystal meth addict who is making steady progress in treatment through Windward Baptist Church’s Rebuilders Addictions Ministry by Hygienic Store (239-6917). Howard calls recovery a lifelong process “but absolutely necessary to healing oneself, one’s family and one’s community” ...

Linda Randall

Kailua’s Linda Randall is the new vice chancellor for academic affairs at the rapidly growing UH-West Oahu campus, coming from a decade of similar work at University of Baltimore ...

Susan Luehrs of Hawaii FIDO hopes more players will team up to make the Kahuku nonprofit’s first golf tournament a success. Set for Oct. 17 on the Hawaii Prince course, it will help Susan and her human and canine volunteers continue to make life better for handicapped clients and at-risk youths (222-1264) ...


Aliki Labrador, an account clerk for the DOE’s Windward District office, was among six employees honored for Sustained Superior Performance. They say Aliki always has all the answers at her fingertips. And the district’s Supplemental Education Services Team of Kristi Carvalho, Diane Tanaka, Gaye Terayama and Susan Yamamoto won a Team Excellence Award of Merit ...

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig‘s tip of the month: Check your home for fire hazards, have an escape plan and rehearse it, and know where to meet your family outside

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