December 31, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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!” ...
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