Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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October 29, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kailua psychiatrist Benjamin Young, along with Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell, will receive the Pa’a Mo’olelo award from the Hawaiian Historical Society Thursday for their lifetime of contributions to preserve and perpetuate Hawaii’s history. Ben, who was one of only a few Native Hawaiian psychiatrists prior to 1975, became a premier historian of Hawaiian medicine and medical education and is co-founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society ...

Kailua’s Eugene Mukai is helping classmates plan a special reunion for the University of Hawaii Class of 1958. The Nov. 19 event will honor those who attend as Golden Scholars of an era when gasoline cost 30 cents per gallon and the block-buster movie was South Pacific. Eugene and pals plan a brunch buffet at Sinclair Library, campus tour and special gifts. Reservations ($35) are due by Oct. 31. Call 956-0993 ... My apologies to Kaneohe author Robert Whitebrook, who just published a new novel, Toshi American. I gave him the wrong last name in last week’s column ...

Congratulations to former Kalaheo and UH basketball standout Alika Smith, who has joined the Academy of the Pacific as head basketball coach ... Don’t forget that Habilitat is taking orders for its 34th annual Christmas tree and wreath sale. One delivery point is Kalaheo High School. For prices and pick-up details, call George Playdon at 235-3691 ...

Ginny Walden isn’t always at her Blue Sky Healing Arts in Waimanalo. You can see (and buy) her paintings at Bogart’s Cafe on Monsarrat Avenue, which hosts her Hawaii Pastels exhibit now through December (738-0999) ... Kaneohe resident Lorraine Bachran, 79 (and Mrs. Hawaii of 1963), is in the running for the AARP 50-plus Reader’s Choice model search for 2008. The contest ends Oct. 27. For voting details, go to her essay and photo on the magazine’s website: aarpmagazine.org/modelsearch ...

Castle students join three other high schools today (Oct. 29) for Japan Day at Hawaii Tokai International College in Honolulu. The half day of activities range from calligraphy to tea ceremonies to bon dancing and taiko drumming ... Kailua guitarist Doug Fitch plays at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ward Warehouse in the Na Mele Nei concert series (383-3684) ... Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center has named the new building at its Maui unit after David M. Peters, a longtime trustee of QLT from Kailua (and a Maui High graduate) who retired from the trust last year after 29 years of helping guide its programs to assist poor Hawaiian children. David, now 85, says he’s very honored by the gesture, and “in these economically uncertain times, the work of the Children’s Center has become increasingly important for the beneficiaries that we serve” ...

Windward state Sen. Jill Tokuda added perhaps the youngest person to any state legislative staff on Aug. 17. He operates out of a playpen, and Jill’s not paying him one dime. It’s Matt Michibata, the first child for Jill and her husband Kyle Michibata ... Laie resident Vonn Logan, who works at BYU-Hawaii and runs a family catering service, recently linked up with Anthony Bourdain to give the Travel Channel No Reservations host a genuine Hawaiian luau experience on a Windward beach. You can see it for yourself starting Oct. 30 (according to the Travel Channel schedule). Vonn, who also fed all the entertainers and volunteers Oct. 18 for the KEY Project Ohana Festival fundraiser, says that Anthony wanted to see them put the pig in the imu, too. So they did a two-pig shuffle, just like on other cooking shows: Put the luau pig in the ground in the morning, and put a second one in the ground when Anthony arrives later on.

Then serve the first pig for the cameras. I wonder what happened to the second one? Went to market? Went wee-wee-wee all the way home? ... Warren Chang (Castle 1977) has graduated from Army National Guard basic training at Fort Sill, Okla., and Natashia Carinio (Castle 2007) has graduated from Army Reserve basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

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