Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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November 12, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Holly Turl

Kaneohe resident Nancy McKee was scheduled to share the Big Island TV stage with Vanna White and Pat Sajak last Wednesday in our tropical version of Wheel of Fortune, filmed recently at Hilton Waikoloa Village. If you tune in this coming Friday, look for more of our ambitious and skillful neighbors: Kaniala Kekaulike of Kaneohe and Noi Strohlin of Kailua. Then on Nov. 19, it’s Kaneohe contestant Tiffany Teruya‘s turn to match wits and yuck it up with the game show hosts ...

The cupboard is “pretty much bare bones right now,” admits St. George Catholic Church secretary Eva DeMotta, “and we’re feeding 900 people per month.” That’s the state of yet another Windward Oahu community food pantry. If you have some non-perishable food to spare, bring it to the Waimanalo church office any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (259-7188) ...

James Farmer

Pro football players Ty Detmer, Vai Sikahema and Chad Lewis will speak at BYU-Hawaii’s annual international business conference, going on this week at the Laie campus (675-3780) ... Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties has announced its high-achieving agents for September, and maybe you’ve crossed paths with the Windward area winners. James Farmer is Top Listor (also for August), and Holly Turl is Top Salesperson and Top Producer ...

Renee May

While Malama 96744 had 70 volunteers turn out Nov. 1 for a “very successful” graffiti paint-out, taggers returned that same night to mark up the highway wall by Kaneohe District Park (which was painted out again). Be vigilant, folks, and report it as soon as you see it happening ... Annette Kaohelaulii has issued a Kolea Alert: Keep a keen eye on those Pacific Golden Plovers that have bands on their legs. Montana researcher Wally Johnson and crew installed the bands, and they’d be “ecstatic” to hear from you. “It’s important to record the exact sequence on each leg, and whether there is a color-band above or below the metal band,” Annette says. You can report directly to Wally at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call him at (406)585-3502 ...

Carissa Tourtelot

Have a spare hour or two during the day? Monique Takahashi could use your free help in the Castle High School cafeteria “anytime you can make it.” Call 233-5628 ... Renee May has joined Honolulu Theatre for Youth as its office manager, where she’ll be keeping an eye on the books. Renee retired as CFO of two California nonprofit organizations three years ago and came to Kaneohe to relax. We’ll see how that works out ...

Award-winning Windward Oahu marketing pro Carissa Tourtelot has been promoted to account supervisor for Communications Pacific. Carissa, a USC graduate, also assists in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life ... One thing not mentioned in last week’s story about Taylor Thompson and his father’s Eagle Scout project together at Kalaheo High - Dad Kimbal Thompson also earned his Eagle rank in an earlier era. I guess that makes him a double eagle now ...

A special moment at the KEY Project Ohana Festival last month was when Jerry Santos stepped on stage to dedicate his Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u song to KEY co-founder, the late Randy Kalahiki. Jerry was one of the first youths to benefit from the project’s programs, which officially began in 1968 ... Latest license plate sighting - think about this now, is: GA2SRF

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