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Carol Chang
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February 18, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Buddy Summers

The hard-working man behind Nalo Farms in Waimanalo and the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Dean Okimoto, will be inducted into the 2009 Hall of Fame Laureates by Junior Achievement next month at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for his contribution to free enterprise - and great salads! ... The saints come marching in to Kaneohe: On Feb. 10 it seemed like uku million buses rolled in to St. Ann‘s Church parking lot from Maryknoll Schools, which didn’t have a big enough venue to celebrate Founders Day. And across Haiku Road from St. Ann’s, you can view the artwork of St. Mark Lutheran students Feb. 23-March 7 at the mall ...

With so many Chapmans in the news these days, it can be hard to return a $5 bill to the right one. Steve Basso, who runs U Wash & Dry laundromat in Kailua, received a complaint from a certain Don Chapman that his machine ate up the man’s Abraham Lincoln. Since MidWeek editor Don Chapman is the only one in the phone book, he was the first one that conscientious laundry proprietor called. Alas! Wrong one. If the real DC is out there reading this - as all well-laundered residents do - please give Steve a call at 255-5859. Your fortune is waiting ...

Terry Johnson is looking for someone, too. The Kailua-based IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre needs an experienced executive director (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) ... Kaneohe native Juliann Naughton ran the Windward Half Marathon last fall, but by mid-December she was helping run a supply convoy over miles of open road in Afghanistan. The Marine 2nd lieutenant commands a motor transportation platoon there, and was proud of their first mission, which had two incidents with warning shots fired. “We’re not here to cause harm,” she said. “We’re here to deliver. But if someone gets in our way, we will move them” ...

Christ Church Uniting will have a farewell potluck for Rev. Fabian “Buddy” Summers and his wife Estelle Codier this Sunday after morning services. At CCU for 13 years, Buddy officially retires that day by delivering the last of approximately 750 career sermons. “It’s not a record,” he admits in the church newsletter, “but plenty for me and probably plenty enough for at least a few of the faithful in the pew” ...

Nearly 100 Windward keiki created Valentine cards for Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center’s annual contest, and most went to patients at Castle Medical Center. First place in the heart for “most creative” are Boris Garcia of Ben Parker Elementary for the under-8 crowd, Jaida Johnson of Ahuimanu Elementary for 8 to 12 years, and Haley Palma-Hepton of St. Mark Lutheran for ages 13-18 ... Aloha to two men who made a big difference in Windward Oahu: 100-year-old E. Alvey Wright, the former state DOT chief and H-3 proponent who died Feb. 5, and longtime Kailua pediatrician Robert Dimler, 92, who died Jan. 29 in Tacoma

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