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Carol Chang
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March 25, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Jeff Grimmer

Kailua’s expert on historic Island graveyards, Nanette Napoleon, will sit down for a talk (taped earlier) with PBS-Hawaii’s Leslie Wilcox at 7:30 p.m. March 31 in the popular local TV series Long Story Short ... In a similar field, Kaneohe’s super bug sleuth Lee Goff still has his hand in the dramatic. As director of forensic sciences at Chaminade University, he and his students helped put together the school’s second annual Murder Mystery Night, which unfolded with gruesome clues on Friday the 13th ...

Speaking of mysteries, Dana Stabenow shared her love for writing mysteries with a large, enthusiastic group of fans recently at Kaneohe Library, but she confessed that sometimes a character just has a mind of its own. She wanted the native Alaskan lady detective in her Kate Shugak series to fall for the villain in one plot, but alas, the woman resisted it for 75 pages, so Dana finally gave it up. Still, the award-winning author had some revenge - she brought Kate to the brink of death several times to teach her a lesson ...

Ahuimanu Elementary student Garrett Cho was picked to be one of eight Junior Ambassadors who will represent Hawaii at the Asia-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka, Japan, this summer ... U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono has picked Kaneohe’s Karl Doehm and Kailua’s Nicolas Ogier, Damon Pescaia, Gabriela Espino and Brendan Tourek as her nominees to the U.S. Naval Academy. Her U.S. Air Force Academy nominees include Trenton Manson and Geramiah Simoes of Kailua, and Rhianna Farm of Kaneohe; also, Kaneohe’s Nicholas Cerny to the U.S.

Aaron Chan

Merchant Marine Academy and Kailua’s Arin Nunes to West Point ... First Insurance Co. actuary Jeff Grimmer, who grew up in Kailua, has won a President’s CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) Scholarship worth $4,000 toward completing his CPCU designation.

Jeff, 29, also won praise from his bosses for his high performance and desire to develop professionally ... The Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest produced two outstanding essays from Kailua Intermediate students Kayli Sullivan (best for grade 7) and Sari Foundas (best for grade 8), according to proud teacher Kathleen Nullet, who says they’ll receive cash prizes at a DAR luncheon ... Aaron Chan (Kalaheo 2006) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ...

Dale Hazlehurst, a Kaneohe resident who works in commercial shipping, has joined the new advisory council for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary ... Daisy Lee Carinio of Kaneohe plays for the women’s club rugby team at Ashland University in Ohio. Off the field, Daisy is majoring in social work ... Kailua resident (also a Surfrider alum) and chief economic consultant for Bank of Hawaii Paul Brewbaker will address the Hawaii Economic Association luncheon Thursday on the topic of economic stabilization. Oh, yeah. Soon, I hope ...

Hawaii Theatre plans to stage Romeo & Juliet late next month, but there’s one Ahuimanu couple, Romeo and Juliet Corpuz, who will probably skip it. Romeo, a KEY Project board member and co-concept general manager for Pizza Hut Hawaii, says they didn’t need the balcony scene or all that family fighting. “I just asked her” (and she said yes) ... If you’re not registered to vote in the District III City Council special election,City Clerk Bernice Mau says March 24 is your last chance (768-3802)

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