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Carol Chang
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February 04, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Cory Brede

Busy Kaneohe actor Miko McDonnell, currently on the Paliku stage in Wind in the Willows (see page 13), got permission from director Ron Bright for a short break to play opposite Evangeline Lilly in a scene for Lost. Apparently Miko also got his own trailer for the day’s shooting ... You’ll find Shayne Turner of Ahuimanu and her unique “Grand Strands” of jewelry in the Mendonca courtyard during First Friday this Friday night in Chinatown (262-5930) ...

Speaking of art, Micacla Gradie of Kailua made the fall dean’s list at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia ... Now that crews have gutted the anchor restaurant at Windward City Shopping Center to make way for Denny’s (in March, they say), we should revisit its glory days. Thanks to Kaneohe reader Craig Fukushima for recalling Flakey Jake’s hamburger joint - the fun but sometimes too-juicy place for lunch, what with thick burgers flying out of buns without warning. Then there was Tiki Tops with its colorful manager, some buffet operation I can’t recall the name of and last-but-not-least Flamingo’s, where you could stare at people’s dishes through the window. Anything we’ve left out? ...


Laie Elementary School fourth-grader Shyanne Fullmer is one of four poster artists singled out in Hawaiian Electric Co.‘s Home Energy Challenge campaign. Shyanne’s entry pledged: “Using solar power panels on my house so I won’t have to use as much electricity. It will conserve energy for our island.” For this vow and her drawing, Shyanne won a performance by Mad Science at her school. “We wanted to show that everyone, including children, can make a resolution to help protect our environment by using energy wisely,” said HECO’s Kaiulani de Silva ...

Cory Brede got a promotion from N&K CPAs. The Kaneohe woman moved up from audit senior to audit supervisor at the large Honolulu firm ... Congratulations to Anderson Dining Hall on the Marine base, winner of Best Military Mess Hall for the third straight year. Kailua resident Kevin Witsell, a civilian cook on the Anderson team, told the Hawaii Marine one of the secrets of its success: “Most of the time people come here smiling and enjoy themselves” ...

Former Windward state Sen. Melodie Aduja had an adventure she “wouldn’t trade for anything” when she accepted an invitation to Barack Obama‘s inauguration. Even if the hotel sold her pre-paid three-night reservation to someone else because she checked in late. Even if she had to walk zig-zag for six miles to find a place to watch the ceremony. Even if she had to wear two layers of thermal tops and pants, a high-neck sweater, blue jeans, ski jacket, two pairs of gloves, a knit cap, thick socks, walking boots, scarf and shin-length mink-like coat. (“I felt like a walking closet!”), and it wasn’t enough.

Her remedy for freezing hands: Place them on the warm engine hood of a running Secret Service vehicle. She also observed people walking across the frozen Reflecting Pool, though she didn’t chance it herself. Nevertheless, she bought her souvenirs, dined at the inaugural luau, made friends and had “an experience of a lifetime”

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