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Carol Chang
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October 22, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Libraries offer robust music as well as quiet books. On Oct. 16, the Kailua branch brought in Ten Feet to entertain for Teen Read Week 2008. Well, actually only four of the feet (belonging to Josiah Kekoa and Drez Delos Santos) ...

Bree Bumatai

Clay sightings. Among those spotting Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay this month is Gina Lambert, MidWeek‘s creative director. She had just spent much of Oct. 9 at a photo shoot of the famous Castle graduate on the other side of the mountains. But when she and husband Jake stopped by the Kaneohe Foodland that same afternoon, there were all four Clays again. Do you think they bought any Wheaties? ...

Flash! This time, I got the St. Anthony’s food pantry phone number right, but left the “h” out of Anthony. Anyway, don’t forget to bring some food to fill their shelves and keep local families from going hungry ... Miss Saigon is such a hit, folks, that Tom Holowach has added one more show on the Paliku stage: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 (235-7310) ...

Remember Watergate and Tricky Dick? Guest-directed by Kailua’s Bree Bumatai, Manoa Valley Theatre will retell the whole mess in Frost/Nixon, a Tony Award-winning drama to be staged Nov. 12-30 (988-6131). Liz Stone of Kailua plays “the make-up lady” in the Oval Office, and Melinda Maltby, from a veteran Kailua theater family, plays four roles, including Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong ...

Shawn Ridgeway

Speaking of drama, King Intermediate School students Kayala Wiley, Souki Olivier (great stage name!), Ryan Latiolais and Christian Pratt, plus a dozen extras, lent their acting talents to a scene for the Mediation Center of the Pacific on “Stop Fighting and Start Talking” ...

Mustangs in the military: Peter Beamer (Kalaheo 2004) has graduated from an Army ROTC leader development course at Fort Lewis, Wa. Peter is a student at Norwich University in Vermont. Shawn Ridgeway (Kalaheo 2007) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and Janei Bellivan (Kalaheo 2007) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... Rozlynd Vares of Kaneohe has received her BS degree in economics from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Just in time to help Congress ...

Robert Whitehead

Kailua’s Peggy Anne Siegmund unveils her latest production soon at Kaimuki Performing Arts Center. It’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and the curtain goes up Nov. 1 and 2 in the high school’s auditorium (733-4913) ... Robert Whitehead, an award-winning writer of history, has turned to the novel for his latest effort. The Kaneohe retiree’s Toshi American, published by Vantage Press Inc., tells of two brave Japanese women who meet and rescue a mysterious passenger aboard their ship heading for Hawaii. Robert, who earned advanced degrees from Stanford and the University of Washington, also is a decorated Navy veteran from World War II ...

Speaking of books, Kailua author and psychologist Donna Burnett will sign copies of Spoon-feeding from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ala Moana Barnes & Nobles. Donna’s book is a collection of short stories about her experiences with care-giving, and it’s apparently a family affair: husband Greg took the photos, and daughter Jennie designed the cover

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