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Carol Chang
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February 25, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Part-time Kahaluu resident Snookie Mello and her husband David Miranda are on the board of a new initiative called the Volcano House Project. The nonprofit group intends to bid for the concessionaire contract at the Big Island’s famed national park and resort to develop a job-training center for the unemployed and disenfranchised. Check out their ambitious mission at http://www.volcanohouseproject.org. You also can sign a petition of community support for their bid ...

Kaneohe’s Bill Riddle will discuss John Rogers’ daring and almost disastrous 1925 flight across the Pacific - the epic first flight to Hawaii - at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Bill also will autograph his book, Dead Downwind. Reservations are due today (Feb. 25) to 441-1008 ...

The Lanikai Christmas Craft Faire really is worth the extra “e” in the name. According to retiring (and pooped!) fair chairwoman Kiri Esibill, the December fair attracted 104 vendors and netted more than $10,000 for the community’s maintenance fund ...

Hawaiian music legend Eddie Kamae stopped by Uncle Mel Murata‘s birthday party Feb. 15 in Kaneohe to play and enjoy the good eats Lynn and Mel are known for. Then it was on to Honey’s at Koolau for his weekly gig with the Hawaiian Boys Crew, and a trip to Kauai on President’s Day where one of his documentaries, Keepers of the Flame, with wife Myrna, was featured at the inaugural West Kauai Film Festival in Waimea (plus another performance by Eddie, of course). And he’s only 81 years young ...


Congratulations to Kailua High student Ashley Josue. She took first place for poetry in the 2008 Life Foundation’s World AIDS Day Youth Leadership Challenge, which inspired 134 local teens to step forward in the fight against AIDS. Her teacher is Shelley Andrews ...

When Lori Sampaio lost her job at Aloha Airlines last spring, she and her kid sister Keri Gall brainstormed for awhile, then opened a dog-walking and pet-sitting service in August just for Kaneohe, Kailua and Waimanalo folks. You can call them to find out more at 291-4836, or go to http://www.2sisterspetsitters.com ... Philip Bretz of Trinity Christian School and Malia Smith of St.

Anthony School emerged as the winning team at the Windward District Spelling Bee, held Feb. 10 at Le Jardin Academy. They shall return for more word battles March 15 when Paliku Theatre hosts the state bee. For the record, Philip was first and Malia second ... You can see Stroller Strides Kailua owner Jawea May on ‘Olelo channel 52 at 9 p.m. Thursday, and March 12 and 26 talking about the fun exercise regime for moms and tots. She’s likely to say things like “The total body postnatal exercise classes not only save families baby-sitting fees, since baby is part of the fitness program, but also offer added value through free playgroups, moms’ night out activities and more” (351-3313) ...

Paris Priore-Kim of Kailua will read a Susan Nunes short story, and Hoku Gilbert of Kaneohe will read a Mavis Hara poem during an Aloha Shorts taping at 7 p.m. Sunday in HPR’s Atherton Studio (955-8821) ... Congratulations to Lynn Wells and Andrea Kia, both Realtors, who were named the top producers for 2008 by the Windward realty Homequest ...

Northeastern University in Boston has announced its fall semester dean’s list, which includes three Windward brains: Raquel Guss and Carey Goo of Kailua, and Christopher Lau of Kaneohe ... Accordion player Anita Trubitt will perform with Partners in Time at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at HPR’s Atherton studio. A Kailua resident, Anita is an original member of the band, which plays folk music of the Balkans and Middle East. It was first known as the Pleasant Peasant Band (955-8821)

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