Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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January 14, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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There’s a beautiful room waiting for you at the Pink Lady, according to Kelly Hoen, a Kailua girl and general manager of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel which has just completed a multimillion-dollar redesign. The four-night stay features a first-night charge of $19.27 (symbolic of the hotel’s original opening in 1927). To find out more, check your wallet and call 866-716-8110 ... Gently used shin guards. That’s the buzz in Castle High’s P.E. classes. Teacher Kathy Burt says she would welcome the donation of shin guards for their team sports unit on soccer. Call 233-5600, ext. 2239 or drop them off in the main office ...

Speaking of Castle, PCNC Kathy Martin could use an anti-hacker kit. Someone using her name and similar address is claiming to be in a “devastated state” in Malaysia, appealing to hundreds on Kathy’s school e-mail list for financial help. Stay tuned for a revamped communication system, and do not, repeat, do not send $3,000 U.S. to the bogus Kathy, even if she is waiting right this minute in a far-away hotel lobby for your money ... Stanley Kim was spotted filming at Waimanalo Beach Park the other day for the Japanese fashion magazine, Vivi (“for teens and young office ladies”). He says his company, s.i.k.e., likes Waimanalo, as well as the old-town backdrop atmosphere of Keneke’s and the gas station area, since Asian readers seldom see such sights ...

Thanks to Robert Merriam‘s example, there are now six members of his Kailua family who donate blood on a regular basis to Hawaii Blood Bank: Robert, his sons Mark and Keith, daughter Carol, granddaughter Sarah and now grandson Paul, who shed his first pint at a Kailua High School donor drive. To keep up with the Merriams, you can sign up for the Jan. 24 drive at Windward Mall (see calendar) ... Windham Hill singer/songwriter Barbara Higbie, now a Kailua resident, will perform with singer/comedian Lisa Koch at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Elks Lodge in Waikiki ...

Also on Jan. 24, Windward musicians Stacey Tangonan (“one of Honolulu’s most respected drummers”) and bass player Dave Chiorini (who’s also in the Honolulu Symphony) play with Rachel Gonzales and Les Peetz at 7:30 p.m. at HPR’s Atherton Studio. All proceeds from the $20 tickets go to Hawaii Foodbank. Expect ballads, jazz and some wild original pieces throughout. You also can bring canned food (955-8821) ... HPU history prof and Kailua resident Jon Davidann will give a free lecture on “The Causes of Pearl Harbor” during a 1 p.m. Hangar Talk Saturday at the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor. ...

King Intermediate seventh-grader Brandon Susa earned an Honorable Mention and $25 for his entry in the District 50 Lions Club Peace Poster Contest. (That’s the state level, you know) ... New Year’s Eve report from Pali Lions Club couple, Clarence and Cecelia Izuo. “Sitting at a Blazing 777 that was ringing (hit the jackpot) was Cecelia’s nun friend, a Sister of St. Joseph. God was on her side!” Other recent female winners in downtown Las Vegas are all from Kaneohe: Kiyoe Adachi $20,000; Barbara Yee $10,025; and Janet Yamamoto $7,200; ... WCC’s slack key master Ron Loo will share it all in an upcoming guitar class through the Hawaii Music Institute at the college. Beginners’ slack key starts at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20 ($66) and you can sign up now at 235-7433 ...

Thursday night is a good time to turn your TV dial (oops! your remote) to TLC, if you want to see an Olympic soccer player get a new tattoo. Kahuku standout Natasha Kai is scheduled to “show off the gold” and go under the needle on the show LA Ink ... Documentary filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk has turned inward to share the life of her grandfather, Hauula-born Oliver Homealani Kupau, an Army officer and filmmaker in his own right. She welcomes memories that others may have so she can include them in her latest film project. Contact her at 371-3072 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Among the clues she’s found to his life are numerous old film clips he took of the family in Waiahole valley

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