Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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February 11, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Marines of Task Force 1st Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1 recently distributed shoes and cold-weather jackets to children living in Karmah, Iraq, according to the Hawaii Marine. The project was initiated by Kailua resident Lt. Brandon Harding, who is the battalion’s chaplain. He said donations poured in from all over the U.S. In response, Hamid Naief, a Karmah father of seven children, said: “We need it so much. I do not like seeing the kids go to school or to play with bare feet and without jackets. The Americans helping us means so much” ...

Meanwhile, Kaneohe resident Nathan Bourg has graduated from Army basic combat training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, and Stephanie Enos-Wong (Castle 2007) has graduated from Army National Guard basic training, also at Fort Jackson ... Hawaii Public Radio will tape its next Aloha Shorts show on Monday (Feb. 16), for free, in its Atherton Studio on Kaheka Street, paying tribute to writings about the Neighbor Islands.

The program features music by the Kahaluu-based Kupa’aina band at 6:45 p.m. to warm folks up. Also in the spotlight that night will be Kaneohe poet Norma Gorst‘s Kekaha, Kauai, and Kailua’s Devon Nekoba, who will read from Stu Harada‘s Star Mokihana, also about Kauai (955-8821) ...


 

John Au of Kaneohe has been promoted to vice president of Chinen & Arinaga Financial Group. He’s also a chartered financial consultant, certified fund specialist and chartered adviser for senior living ... Kaneohe artist Rose Ellen Chin has some of her latest paintings on display at the Louis Vuitton Creative Art Program exhibit at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. The show runs through Feb. 28 (531-3511) ...

And Windward Oahu talents are involved in Army Community Theatre’s musical whodunit, Curtains, opening Feb. 26 at Fort Shafter (438-4480). They are Tom Holowach of Kailua with a leading role, Heather Taylor, who grew up in Kaneohe, and Vanita Rae Smith (director), who is a longtime Maunawili resident ...

U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye has announced his nominees for national military academies, and they include William Rodin of Kalaheo High (alternate nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy) and Windward Community College student Karl Doehm (alternate list for West Point as well as the U.S. Naval Academy) ...

It’s time to pay attention when you’re cooking, folks. Firefighters say the blaze that destroyed a Mahalani Place home in Kaneohe last month was caused by a pot of oil left unattended on a hot burner. That oil did a total of $570,000 in damage ... Raymond Mahelona still needs more adult volunteers to help with Breakthroughs’ mentoring weekend with King Intermediate School students Feb. 21 and 22. Call him to learn all about it at 754-7620 ... Kaneohe student Ryan Okinaka was one of 10 young directors presenting very short shows in Leeward Community College’s 10-Minute Play Festival Feb. 6 and 7 ...


It’s not just the Kahaluu Neighborhood Board that’s jumped into food-drive mode. Kailua’s board also keeps a donation box at each meeting, with all food and household items going to St. Anthony’s Church, the Kailua Homeless Alliance, Hale Ola and more ... Ross Teruya of Kaneohe has earned recognition from FedEx Ground for 10 years of safe driving without a preventable accident. Ross has worked for the company’s Honolulu facility for 11 years ...

I hope they’re peace and harmony in the Kailua home of Francisco and Tiffany Beltran. The military couple produced quadruplets - two boys and two girls - on Jan. 16 at Tripler ... Not ready for babies yet are Marisa Hayashi and Alyssa Fuchsberger. The Kaneohe students both made the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Portland where Marisa is a senior nursing major and Alyssa in a junior studying organization communication ...

These folks were rewarded for studying long and hard the games of chance. Making the dean’s list on the downtown Las Vegas slot machines recently were: Kiyoe Adachi of Kaneohe $20,000), Janet Yamamoto of Kaneohe ($7,200), Barbara Yee of Kaneohe ($10,025), Hazel Tando of Kailua ($8.894), Joan O’Connell of Kailua, $4,500) and Kaneohe residents Lorraine Chow and Tomas Cayetano ($4,000 each)

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