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Carol Chang
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March 04, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Four Windward students - Theresa Richmond and Kevin Tanaka of Kailua, and Amelia Linsky and Christopher Medeiros of Kaneohe - have been named candidates for the 2009 Presidential Scholars Program, based on their college board test scores. Ultimately, two high school students from each state will be invited to Washington, D.C. for official honors. So far, these four are among 3,000 elite who made the initial cut from 2.8 million nationwide in the Class of 2009 ...

Vaughn Timilai Lesuma (social sciences) of Laie and Kendra Kikumi Pang (mechanical engineering) of Kaneohe earned their bachelor’s degrees at the end of fall semester at Washington State University in Pullman ... Past dancers with Mary Kupau Mikaele‘s Kuhai Halau o Kahealani Pa Olapa Kahiko are urged to call her at 239-4852. The halau is preparing for its 10th annual Ho’okupu April 25 at Kualoa Ranch. Crafters also welcome ...

This is National Sleep Awareness Week, so you should be aware of a recent survey that says Americans are “losing sleep over the economy.” Dr. Jamil Sulieman agrees. “It’s a troubling time for many in our community,” he says, “but people should not overlook nature’s basic restoration mechanism of sleep.” Jamil is a certified sleep specialist who runs The Sleep Lab in Kaneohe (234-0033) ...


 

Wake up, Waimanalo. State Civil Defense tests its new warning sirens throughout the day on March 2 and 3 - in addition to Monday’s regular monthly test. Consider yourselves warned about the warnings ... Do you know how to zumba? Bianca Moxey can tell you all about the zumba dance classes at Windward YMCA. Call her at 543-3970 ... Feng shui consultant Mia Chen of Kaneohe sees special meaning in Barack Obama being the 44th president. The double fours, she explains, “symbolize twice as much work needing to be done by Obama, resulting ultimately in greater power, wealth and prosperity for the country” (239-0602) ...

Perhaps not as daunting an assignment: Kaneohe’s Nancy Ortiz has been elected vice president of the United Puerto Rican Association of Hawaii ...Will the person who bought the antique blue wine glasses at the Boys & Girls Club garage sale please step forward? Maureen Purington says they’ve located the other three sherbet glasses for you. Call 263-0555. Hey, this column does whatever it needs to do to serve our readers! ...

Congratulations to Leader for the Day essay contest winners from Kailua Intermediate School. Social studies teacher Leslie Ringuette says most of them will get their reward by shadowing a state legislator on March 12, then eating a free lunch and accepting accolades from the august body. They are Sydney Forsythe, Kristi Sakaguchi, Puakailima Keeno-Kaea, Kenneth Theoret, Shawn Wilhoite, Alicia Collete and Tarell Monmaney. Andrew Drake gets to shadow Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona. He’s known for using the stairs instead of the capitol elevator, Andrew, so don’t eat too much that day ...


A Kaneohe family has a “leftover” piano to give to a nonprofit group. It’s a Cable Nelson piano with only a few keys that need tuning (“low D and E from the first octave, and the last two on the board, high B and C”). Call 235-8589 ... Oluolu Street folks, say hello to your Honolulu Habitat for Humanity homeowning neighbors, Alexander and Lorilei Gallarde and clan. After months of work and hundreds of helpers, they got the keys on Feb. 21 to their new Waimanalo house ...

In his own words, Andy Anderson says he’s “retiring AGAIN” from Hina Mauka as of March 1. But he’s still producing Recovery-Talk Story on ‘Olelo channel 52. In fact, he reminds us to watch Gary Stromberg, publicist to the stars and former drug addict, in programs that air at 9:30 p.m. March 9 and 16, 1:30 p.m. March 11 and 4:30 p.m . March 18

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