Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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April 01, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Honolulu Fire Chief Kenneth Silva received the highest possible ratings from the Honolulu Fire Commission in his third annual performance review. The Kaneohe fire-fighting veteran earned raves from the commissioners and from Mayor Mufi Hannemann for his leadership skills ... Look and listen for the award-winning bagpiper Jake Kaio, a Native Hawaiian from Kahaluu, to play his pipes during the Caledonian Society’s tribute to Princess Kaiulani at the Royal Mausoleum Thursday night, and also at the Highland Games Saturday and Sunday at Kapiolani Park. After all, Jake points out, the princess was half Scottish from her father Archibald Scott Cleghorn. Jake eventually wants to record Aloha ‘Oe or Meleana E on the bagpipes ...

Congratulations to first-time blood donor Jasmine Hoopii, who gave up her inaugural pint during a blood drive at Kailua High School, where she is a senior. According to Hawaii Blood Bank, Jasmine required several blood donations herself as an infant - totaling more than 100 transfusions from 64 volunteer donors. “I wanted to experience a part of what the donors went through for me, as well as to give the gift of life to others,” Jasmine explains ... Kailua resident Jasmine Vieira has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas ...


Plugging away at Oregon State University has paid off for several Windward Oahu students, who made the winter term honor roll at Beaver Nation in Corvallis: Phoebe Arnett of Hauula, Gina Lucas of Kaaawa, Rachel Pavlis of Kaneohe, and Kailua residents Dexter Carolino, Nicole Chun, Kelsey Copeland, Lauren Kaina and Bryson Kamisato ... Kailua resident Noa Williams will perform at the Young Organists Concert at 7 p.m. April 25 at Lutheran Church of Honolulu (221-9608). The event is a fundraiser for music scholarships ... Sea Life Park played host to 30 foster children from Kapiolani Child Protection Center last Saturday, giving them some time to interact with dolphins as a form of animal therapy ...

Stressful situations can lead to unhealthy habits, but Teddi McEwen of Kailua (261-1778) and Rena Sunaoka of Kaneohe (227-7788) believe they can help you out, especially now during Stress Awareness Month. They sell Symmetry nutritional products ... It’s First Friday, folks, and that means the Windward stars are out at Ernie and JoDee Hunt‘s Mendonca Building courtyard in Honolulu’s Chinatown. From 5 p.m. this Friday, you can enjoy Adam Palmer‘s landscapes, Martine Aceves-Foster‘s photos of flowers, Kate Wagner‘s box dinners, and Shana Squier‘s abstracts (262-5930) ...

Wet Seal officially reopened last Saturday at Windward Mall with a new look and prize giveaways ... Kaneohe soprano Megan Mount steps behind the spotlight this spring to be musical director of Army Community Theatre’s Children of Eden. The show will open on May 7 at Fort Shafter’s Richardson Theatre (438-4480). Maunawili’s Vanita Rae Smith directs, and Windward cast members are Chandler Bridgman of Kaneohe, and Kailua residents Madison Eror, Addison Berkey and Ava Williams ...

Kaneohe’s favorite pro golfer Dean Wilson is honorary chairman of the First Hawaiian Bank REHAB Golf Challenge, set for May 27 at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club, and Kailua’s golden-tongued Michael W. Perry will emcee the awards banquet afterwards (566-3451) ...

Smooth-voiced Aaron Sala invites you to “wrap yourself in the moon’s light and let us sit together on an incandescent shore.” In other words, relax with the Kailua musician’s new album, Napo’ona Mahina: the Illusion of Reality

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