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Carol Chang
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October 15, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Jack Randall

The Global Village is living up to its name once again. Owners Debbie Hopkins, and Dawn and Sharrie Ah Chick have come up with yet another good idea for their Kailua shop. Starting today (Oct. 15) they will donate a quarter to the Boys and Girls Windward Clubhouse for every reusable shopping bag that customers bring into their store for their purchases. “We will take the money we would have spent on packaging and donate it to the BGC,” explains Debbie. As for clubhouse director Maureen Purington: “We’re thrilled to be the beneficiary of Global Village’s green campaign!” The promotion runs through the end of the year ...

Kaneohe’s Jack Randall, the world undisputed authority on coral reef fishes, received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of the South Pacific during its Sept. 12 graduation ceremony in Fiji. Jack is only the second American to be so recognized. He has contributed years of research to Bishop Museum and the UH Institute of Marine Biology, pioneered scuba diving and underwater photography in his quest for fish facts. Just to give you an idea why USP honored him, Jack has described 555 new species of reef fishes and photographed more than 10,000 fish for science. The college says he has left “an irreplaceable legacy” to studies that benefit the planet ...

Flash! If you have food for St. Antony’s food pantry, call 266-2226. I got it wrong in the last column. (Like spare food, there just weren’t enough 2’s) ... It pays to be a member of the Friends of Kailua Library. At its annual meeting this Saturday night (see calendar), you could score a great buy on a rare find. For sale to members are things like The Melville Log, a two-volume documentary on Herman Melville ($150); a 1908 book on the magical arts ($400), Uchinancho, A History of Okinawans in Hawaii ($250) ...

Kevin Washington

The sun is shining on Kevin Washington. He’s the new controller of Kailua-based Suntech Hawaii, “the state’s largest locally owned solar integrator.” Kevin also has managed accounting practices for Hardware Hawaii in Kailua, Akamai Homes and Ingersoll Rand, and he was once a financial analyst at Ford Motor Co. ... Kaneohe artist Wayne Takazono plans a gathering at his headquarters on Kaha Street to showcase “33 years of art” old and new with pupus and music at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Call 554-4600 to find out more ...

Designer Jennifer Medeiros of Hardware Hawaii will proudly present her project - a home at 144 Kapaa St. in Kailua - during the Great Kitchen & Bath Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It’s one of 11 residences on the tour, which costs $15 and benefits Honolulu Habitat for Humanity (538-7070) ...

Stopping by a recent rehearsal for Paliku’s Miss Saigon were Peter and Melanie Lockyer, who are responsible for the big hit across town at Diamond Head Theatre, Les Miserables. Also stopping by were voice teachers Neva Rego and Betty Grierson. They got lost and ended up in the orchestra pit during a song. The two renowned teachers work with six of the lead actors in the production which, by the way, has been extended to Nov. 2 with a show on Oct. 22, too (235-7310) ...

Congratulations to Elizabeth Molitika of Kahuku High, Lovely Bayani and Kalinda Palencia of Kailua High and Crystal Dias of Kalaheo High. They won $1,000 scholarships from the Hawaii Emergency Physician Foundation and Castle Medical Center this past summer

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