Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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December 24, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kaneohe artist Andy Kay is proud of his latest crop of young artists. The children of Kaneohe Head Start Preschool are having an exhibit of their work through Jan. 2 at Gallery on the Pali, which is located at 2500 Pali Highway (595-4047). Andy says he wants to get the word out that “people can make a big difference in the lives of kids by volunteering at Head Start - to read with kids, make music or paint with them as I do.” Andy himself is a brilliant calligrapher who has shown his work in China.

Maddie Komatsu

At one time he also designed costumes for the Frankfurt and San Francisco Ballet companies (235-0927) ... Speaking of art, Windward Nazarene Academy student Maddie Komatsu is one of the featured young illustrators of Kapiolani hospital’s Christmas cards. She visits the hospital each Friday for continuing care and treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Maddie is currently in remission and drawing cool reindeer for her greeting cards ... Castle’s Project Grad co-chairs Ailyn Lum and Teri Lynn Sato declared their Dec. 7 “Taste of Castle” a success. The evidence? All of their recipe-book sample dishes, made by volunteers, were a sell-out. Kaneohe, the munching capital of Oahu ...

Krista Ruchaber

The green utensil company Styrophobia, co-owned by Kailua resident Krista Ruchaber, has received the John Kelly Environmental Achievement award from the Surfrider Foundation-Oahu. The award came during a VIP benefit party last Saturday at Aloha Tower. Since it was catered by Town restaurant, there’s no doubt Ed Kenney used Krista’s corn- and sugar cane-based knives, forks, spoons, cups and take-out containers ... When Norma Perry Smith was a little girl, they hadn’t even invented Styrofoam (1941). But Happy Birthday anyway, Norma. The former Hollywood graphic artist turned 102 recently so Beth Slavens and Norma’s friends at Kina’Ole Estate had a birthday lunch for her Dec. 12 at Baci Bistro ... Andrew Johnson of Kaneohe has won a tuition scholarship to Wartburg College in Iowa, where he participated in a fall competition through essays, interviews and a review of his academic achievements. Wartburg is a four-year Lutheran liberal arts school ...

Eamonn Kinsella

The busy Kailua solar company, Suntech Hawaii, has hired yet another professional to its staff. Eamonn Kinsella is the new vice president of sales who will develop overall sales growth throughout the Pacific Rim. As you might expect from his name, Eamonn graduated from Terenure College in Dublin, Ireland (a green island where there isn’t quite as much sun as this one) ... YYork is not donating her entire national playwright award back to the fund for next year, as mentioned in last week’s column, just part of it. But she still gets an A in my book ... Kawainui’s tireless marsh man, Chuck Burrows, was on KGMB TV last week highlighting for reporter Ramsay Wharton the work he and his volunteers are doing for Na Pohaku Hauwahine. The piece showed off the beauty of the marsh plus a few birds enjoying their improved habitat. Wanna help? Call 593-0112. Maybe you’ll be on TV ... A spot of tea for Michelle Obama? That’s an idea brewing for Jay Pahed, who would love to invite the visiting first lady, her daughters and friends to A Cup of Tea in Uluniu Street for a nice lunch during their stay here. Jay says his wife Darlene would comp the entire food bill and donate 15 percent of the cost back to the American Cancer Society. OK, Michelle, the number is 230-8832

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