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Carol Chang
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November 05, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Christopher Rollins

Kailua’s Fred Hilliard played on the Syracuse Orangemen’s 1959 championship football team with Ernie Davis, the first black player to earn the Heisman Trophy. Apparently they also were next-door neighbors at one time. Fred, who’s lived with his wife Mary in Kailua for four decades, also made the trip back to Syracuse Sept. 12 for a special showing of the current film about Davis, The Express. “He liked the movie,” says Mary, “and he spotted a few Hollywood exaggerations” ...

Ryan Jones of Kailua made the 2008 spring semester dean’s list at Babson College in Massachusetts ... Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, has awarded a Regent Scholarship to Andrew Johnson, a Kaneohe resident who is currently in his freshman year at the four-year, liberal arts school ... The Mendonca courtyard will have sweet music along with sweet fudge from The Cottage in Kailua during First Friday in Chinatown - 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Friday. The building venue, owned by Lanikai’s Ernie and JoDee Hunt, also plans music by Otis Schaper, with art by Lena Larkin and Maurice Hutchinson (262-5930) ...

Christopher Rollins of Kaneohe has graduated with honors from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Doing their best to reverse the economy are the following slot machine maestros who got a break in downtown Las Vegas recently: from Kailua, Yvonne McDermott won $8,338; from Kaneohe, Barbara Yee won $8,000, Lorraine Chow won $5,600, Spencer Kukihara won $4,400 and Arthur Teruya won $4,000 ... Maybe they’d like to spread the wealth around by stopping in at the semi-annual sale Saturday at Pohai Nani’s thrift shop (see calendar). Volunteer Beatrice Jost says they have a Technics organ for $300 or best offer ...

Cinnamon’s Restaurant has an informal “I am thankful for ...” essay contest going on, with a holiday meal and three of its gift certificates as prizes. Pick up entry forms and turn in up to 100 magical words (“neat and legible”) by Nov. 30 at the restaurant for a possible gastronomic reward ... Well, the election has come down to the wire in the hotly contested race for Windward Oahu’s 47th House District. Digging through my treasures, I pause to consider: Should I vote Nov. 4 for incumbent Colleen Meyer (who sent me a sponge) or challenger Jessica Wooley (who sent me a pot holder)? Plus, I still have some fly-swatters and rice scoops from past campaigns by Kaneohe attorney Terrance Tom, now vying for the state Board of Education, and old recipe booklets from Clayton Hee, Charlie Toguchi and Donovan Dela Cruz ...

Kailua resident Teddi McEwen (261-1778) has become a certified nutrition consultant for Symmetry, a direct-sales company that distributes an infused juice product promoting health. The three-month course she took covers herbal supplements and basic concepts of nutrition ... Speaking of nutrition, it’s time for Haleiwa Joe’s Charity Fishing Tournament, set for Nov. 14-16 off of Oahu. Entries should be postmarked by Nov. 10, or walk-ins by Nov. 14. Call Tim York for details at 382-7506, or ask him about it at the Haiku Road restaurant ... If you’re looking for an imu for your Thanksgiving turkey, you may be out of luck. The usual Windward sources sell out fast. They are Castle High (Colby Kagawa at 233-5600), Kailua High (Todd Hendricks at 729-7389) and KEY Project (239-5777) ...

Kaneohe soprano Dianne Brookins and Kailua baritone Andrew Norris both will perform with the Honolulu Symphony Chorus in a Thanksgiving concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Blaisdell Concert Hall. The free show, titled Ho’omaika’i - A Celebration, also introduces the chorus’s new artistic director Esther Yoo (524-0815, ext. 257) ... Joy Quiva (Castle 1992) has graduated from Army National Guard basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... Madison Eror of Kailua will play the role of Taylor in Army Community Theatre’s production of High School Musical 3, opening Nov. 20 at Fort Shafter’s Richardson Theatre (438-4480) ... Koolau Baptist Academy was able to ship 25 boxes of school supplies weighing about 12 pounds each to Iraqi children on Oct. 23 in cooperation with the Kaneohe Marines and a whole bunch of student fundraisers. They also made island-themed greeting cards for the keiki. “We wanted them to experience a taste of Hawaiian culture,” principal John Goodale told the Hawaii Marine

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