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Carol Chang
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December 31, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Hector Morales
Hector Morales

In the wee hours of one of our recent stormy Saturdays (Dec. 13), members of Kaneohe Boy Scout Troop 117 brought wreaths to honor veterans of all U.S. armed forces at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. According to Debra Straight of the cosponsoring Daughters of the American Revolution Aloha chapter, cemetery employee Willie Hirokane made sure all wreaths and humans at the ceremony were covered and dry for the tribute. It was part of the 2008 Wreaths Across America program ... Kumu Lehua Beltrame-Tevaga is hoping former dancers in Castle High’s Polynesian classes might share their dresses, pa’u skirts, etc. with this year’s students. Heck , she’ll even buy them back. Call her at 233-5600, ext. 2317 after winter break ... Turtle Bay’s executive chef Hector Morales is definitely one of the good guys. In addition to conducting a cooking demo at Kahuku Library while on his vacation, he also arranged for the food required to serve to 700 homeless people Christmas morning via the North Shore’s Once a Month Church. Earlier in his career, Hector served at the pleasure of the King and the Royal Family of Norway as their banquet chef ... The Kaneohe Christmas Parade does not have to be a fading memory. Art Machado says the T-shirts still are available at American Savings Bank Kaneohe branches and other merchants to help pay the parade bills ... LeRoy Brilhante relates this Obama moment from the perspective of his grand-nephew, Aikahi fourth-grader Ryan Vargas. “Ryan was there on Mokapu Boulevard awaiting the arrival of Barack Obama and family on their way to their beachfront vacation home. When the caravan went by and our president-elect waved at him, Ryan grabbed his grandmother Patti Vargas‘s hand and said, “Grandma, this is the best day of my life!” ...

Wally Amos
Wally Amos

Meanwhile Wally Amos and retired HPD Maj. Bob Silva (with help from Wally’s shop manager Kelsey Arnesen and clan) arrived at Obama’s Kailua compound on Christmas Eve via a brightly painted Chip & Cookie truck bearing 44 bags of fresh-baked treats for the president-elect’s party. Bob confirmed delivery to the Kailuana guard shack, but the secret service may have to taste every last cookie for security reasons ... If you haven’t witnessed the Step*Taculars - a classy, leggy 50-andolder tap dance troupe - you can catch them at noon on the first Tuesday of every month at Ala Moana Centerstage. Windward resident Sandra Kam is one the the high-kickers ... Kaneohe musician Freddy Gayagas entertains Friday at the Mendonca building courtyard during First Friday downtown from 5 to 9 p.m., while The Cottage of Kailua plies its homemade fudge to sample and sell to visitors. Look for storyteller and singer James McCarthy, too, and art by Jayme Miyamoto, the GroundUp Crew and Spencer Hamada and Michael Creek (262-5930) ... Congratulations to Hawaii FiDo, the Kahuku-based service/therapy dog training agency now marking its 10th year. According to Judy Suan, the group also has three breeder females and looks forward to many more “mini doodles” come spring. That’s in addition to its standard Labradoodles ... Elaine Matsuda has relocated her art studio to Kaneohe from town and offers lessons in oil painting. You can see her and her work “on location” at Byodo-In Temple on the first, second and last Sunday of the month (295-8506) ... A story by Kaneohe author Gary Pak, A Toast to Rosita, will be read by another Windward talent, Michael Paekukui, during the first 2009 taping of HPR’s Aloha Shorts program, set for 7 p.m. Sunday at Atherton Performing Arts Studio on Kaheka Street (955-8821) ... Kailua entrepreneur Dorothy Mack owns the new chapter of Single Gourmet Hawaii, a group that operates on the theme, “Why sit home alone, when you could dine with us?” The dining club books outings to clubs and restaurants around the island for single professionals between ages 30 and 60 “give or take,” who pay a reservation fee to attend the preplanned events (428-5562) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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