Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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October 08, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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The Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation has honored Kailua resident Stephen Meder with its 2008 Outstanding Service to the Community award for his and his students’ work with underserved communities in Waianae and Kalihi. Stephen directs the UH Sea Grant Center for Smart Building and Community Design and is a UH architecture professor ...

Thomas Sunio

Are you still “blocked by terrain shielding” too? Though Hawaii Public Radio switched on its new KIPO transmitter Sept. 20, my Ahuimanu radios still don’t get it. Michael Titterton himself e-mailed me his condolences and said to be patient while they work out the kinks in little pockets like mine. As only he can put it: “Overall, the KIPO upgrade has been an enormous success, reaching places we never dreamed it would; an unfortunate but inevitable parallel development, though, are cases such as yours where the line-of-attack from the transmitter encounters obstacles that will have to be overcome by yet another transmitter.

Once we have a comprehensive signal map, then we can plan the remedies.” I asked a Kaneohe co-worker if she can hear KIPO now. Her reply: “What’s KIPO?” ... Manu Boyd‘s Kaneohe-based Halau o ke Aali’i Ku Makani will perform hula kahiko at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Royal Grove at Royal Hawaiian Center, prior to music by Makana ...

Thomas Sunio of Waimanalo has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Dentist Glenn Briggs is not retiring, as mentioned in last week’s column. He’s just cutting back. “After 45 years, I still enjoy my work and want to stick around,” says the Ahuimanu resident. You’ll still find him on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Temple Valley Dental Group, next to Times ...

Nalani Chock

Windward talent is in the spotlight Sunday at the Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival at Honolulu Fishing Village, Pier 38 (382-8163) with Mel Murata‘s Keiki Palaka Band and Believe ... Windward food pantries, from St. Anthony’s in Kailua to KEY Project in Kahaluu, and beyond, are feeling the pinch as more people come to get food for themselves and their families. If you have nonperishables to spare, drop them off or call 239-5777 (KEY) or 266-2266 (St. Anthony’s) ...

Speaking of food, Turtle Bay executive chef Hector Morales has created a recipe for “Idaho Potato Crusted Kahuku Prawns,” which won a top award in an Idaho competition. Hector’s recipe will be featured in culinary magazines around the spud-eating world next year ... Little Nalani Chock is now a calendar girl. You’ll find the Kaneohe 6-year-old on the January page of the 2009 Hawaii’s Miracles Calendar, selling now at Foodland.

The $15 calendar supports Kapiolani Medical Center during its 100th year. Now thriving, as you can see, Nalani wears a pacemaker, following open-heart surgery to correct multiple congenital heart defects ... Kahaluu band Kupa’aina - the same guys who played in a parking space on Merchant Street during National Park(ing) Day recently - will pop up again from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the annual ‘Awa Festival at McCarthy Mall at UH (781-9749) ...

If you’re near Pauahi Tower on downtown Bishop Street, go inside to see Hawaii Watercolor Society’s exhibit on the mezzanine through Oct. 24. Windward HWS member Ruth Laird Pistor‘s students at the women’s prison also have paintings on view


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