Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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December 17, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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With so many Nutcracker productions on Oahu this weekend, know that Hawaii Ballet Theatre’s version at Leeward Community College has 36 performers from Kaneohe and Kailua (456-8100) ... In their year-plus run at Kailua’s Big City Diner, the Saloon Pilots never had to cancel a gig until Nov. 21 (because of very many raindrops). As fiddle player Lesley Kline said, “There’s nothing cute about electrocution.” They will try again this Friday ... Kailua actor Tony Young (recently of Manoa Valley Theatre’s Rocky Horror Show fame), will soon be on stage for MVT’s Gutenberg! The Musical!, opening Jan. 14 (988-6131) ...

The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board plans to honor Art Machado as its Man of the Year during its meeting Thursday (see calendar) for his 37 years of work coordinating the town’s parade ... Jill Mathis of Kaaawa has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a direct-sales, easy-to-prepare gourmet products company. Hungry? Go to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ... Along the same lines, Kaneohe’s Rena Sunaoka has joined Symmetry, which sells a resveratrol infused juice product for good health (227-7788) ... As Waimanalo’s Weinberg Village gets ready for a Christmas party for its families, director Holly Holowach reports that someone broke into the tool shed Dec. 5 and took a weedwacker, power blower, saws, drills, power cords, a chainsaw, nail gun and tool kits (259-6658) ... With busy fingers weaving flowers into a theme of “Holiday Heroes,” the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club took second place (for theme) in the Mayor’s wreath contest. You can see the club’s wreath at Honolulu Hale right now ... While you’re there, take a look at the Honolulu Gift Fair (Friday through Sunday) at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

Gabriel Chong
Gabriel Chong

Kaneohe couple Dexter Doi and Carol D’Angelo are selling eco-friendly, artistically designed tote bags (371-4366) ... Suntech Hawaii has hired Gabriel Chong as project engineer of the Kailua-based renewable energy company. Gabriel will oversee installations from start to finish ... Though they’ve already settled in chilly Cincinnati, Kaneohe dramatists Mark Lutwak and YYork have both garnered more awards for work while here. Mark was among the individual honorees by Bamboo Ridge Press recently for his work to promote local writers though HPR’s Aloha Shorts. And Y received the 2008 Smith Prize from the National New Play Network for her latest play, ... and L.A. is Burning. Her share of the prize - $2,500 - she’s donating back “so that another playwright can be so honored in 2009” ... Look up at the Kaneohe hillside and you’ll see Pohai Nani “tree” lights again. The custodial staff has been mounting the huge project for 21 years now. The seven-story display goes on and off by timers, says maintenance worker Tommy Padeken ...

Here’s one Kailua grandmother who’s not rocking and knitting on the front porch. Ilana Fernandez, Psy. D., recently celebrated the opening of her Fit for a Goddess women’s sanctuary and studio on Ward Avenue, where she offers a remarkable fitness program through pole dancing. It’s an 800-year-old practice, she says, that builds strength and flexibility (783-4404) ... Randy Wong of Boston and Kailua performs with his band Waitiki in a tribute to Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman and all exotica at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at Atherton studio (944-8821) ... Also happening Dec. 27, The Chang Family Singers, sort of, at Anna Bannana’s. Starting at 8 p.m., adults with $10 will be treated to Waha Nui‘s familiar Kevin Chang of Kupa’aina, Erin Chang Wells (Elina) and the main act, Erin’s husband Tyrone Wells, THE coolest Universal recording artist straight from his in-laws’ house in Ahuimanu .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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