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Carol Chang
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January 07, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Wen-yu Lee

Taking over as the manager and chief engineer for the Board of Water Supply is Wayne Hashiro, who moved over from his post as city managing director. His first official day was Jan. 2. A trained engineer, the Kailua resident has led similar organizations in Norfolk, Va., in Zama, Japan, and also within the Pacific Ocean Division of the Honolulu Engineer District. Wayne was the unanimous choice of the BWS board of directors ...

The Oregon State Beavers are doing as well in the classroom as they did on the football field this school year - except for that terrible loss to the superior Oregon Ducks. (Hmm, where did I go to school?) On the fall semester scholastic honor roll in Corvallis are Kailua residents Stephanie Root (natural sciences) and Ian Smith (forest recreation resources), and Kaneohe’s Rachel Pavlis (pre-apparel with straight A’s) ...

If it’s not too late, you can catch local gardener Stella Keil at Kahuku Library (6:30 p.m. Jan. 6) conducting a class with tips on how to care for your houseplants. Call 293-8935 ... Moving across the Koolaus, Kahaluu resident Richard Paglinawan will explain the cultural significance of sharks at 6 p.m. Thursday - from inside Bishop Museum’s Megalodon exhibit (847-8296) ...


St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii has appointed Dr. Wen-yu Lee as medical director for St. Francis Hospice. Working with Dr. Hiram Young, she will develop a palliative care program for those patients who are “not quite ready or eligible” for hospice. A resident of Kailua, Wen-yu founded the hospitalist program at Straub and Castle hospitals, and also serves as an associate clinical professor at the UH medical school ...

Danielle Scherman, the mover and shaker behind Cool Kailua Nights, has moved the popular yearly block party to Oct. 3, 2009. So don’t show up in February expecting street booths and crowds on Uluniu and Aulike streets. Save up for next fall ... In a first-ever promotion ceremony at Lanikai Elementary School, troops from the Marine base air facility elevated five Marines in rank Dec. 1 in ceremonies on campus, following their normal daily seven (exercise routine). Many students joined in the fitness drills, according the the Hawaii Marine, including John Davids, who said it was like getting to run “with just a ton of our P.E. teachers” ...

Kaneohe musician (and psychologist) Lisa Gomes will perform with the Honolulu Blues Co-op at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in HPR’s Atherton Studio (955-8821). It sold out last year ... In a timely move, Big City Diner Kailua has installed bigger and better table umbrellas to keep its outside customers dry (at least on the outside) during some of the island’s damper days and nights. Paul Sato of the Saloon Pilots (who play regular gigs on the lanai at the Hamakua Drive restaurant) calls the umbrellas “gi-normous” ... Personal license plates spotted recently (from behind) on Oahu streets: AYYOLE, ISK8R, LDYVIP, MZBHVN, NTE MGK and GIZ-BIG

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