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April 15, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Lydia Pascoe

Windward bands are gathering around one of their own to help Janell Araki, a Kaneohe resident and owner of Precision Sound, who is stricken with a rare and very expensive kidney disease. From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Vaihi and others will play at Ala Moana Hotel’s Pakele Lounge for her (265-0073). Also, from 2 to 10 p.m. May 3 at Aloha Tower Marketplace, emcee Tiny Tadani, Kapena, Vaihi and more will do it again (479-0606). Donations also can be sent to Friends and Family of Janell Araki, P.O. Box 6477, Kaneohe Hi 96744 ...

Wanna be the City Clerk? Kaneohe’s Denise DeCosta has officially retired from the job, and now you can call her Mahealani Cypher all the time, instead of just when she’s wearing her Hawaiian Civic Club hat. To follow in Mahealani’s footsteps, apply by April 24 to City Councilman Gary Okino (fax your impressive resume to him at 768-5011) ...

Sorry to learn of the passing of well-loved Kailua author Ian MacMillan, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in December, one month after wife Susan‘s death. A prolific fiction writer and UH English professor, some of Ian’s best works were The Red Wind, Squid Eye and the award-winning Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the Treblinka Uprising ...


According to the Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center judges, these are the best darn Easter Coloring contestants of 2009: Kylie Dover of Kapunahala Elementary, Noelani Root of Kapunahala and Erica Freitas of St. Ann’s School ... Lydia Pascoe already has seen a few of her dreams come true. After all, the Pohai Nani resident has lived for 101 years. But on April 2 she was granted another wish - a limousine trip around Oahu with her family to some of her favorite haunts - courtesy of Buckee Yee of Elite Limousines and Debbie Coy and the Pohai Nani staff. Lydia is the first recipient of the facility’s “Dreams Do Come True” program ...

Kaneohe physician Kalani Brady will talk to the Hawaii Jewish Seniors at 12:30 p.m. Thursday about “Health after 50” at Temple Emanu-El. But first they’ll fill themselves up on lox, bagels, turkey on rye or Greek salad, dessert and drinks. The public’s welcome, but you have to call Pearl Stock by April 13 at 261-3851 ...

Kiana Ahovelo of the Celtic Keiki and also a sixth-grader at Waimanalo Intermediate School, performed in the pre-show concert for opera legend Sumi Jo, starring here in Carmina Burana, last weekend at Blaisdell Concert Hall. Earlier Kiana did some Irish dancing at the local Highland Games ... Castle High student Niki Torrijos won an honorable mention for her entry in the Memorial Day poster contest, which attracted more than 300 posters statewide. You can see it May 5-28 at Honolulu Hale ...

It’s an all-Windward cast when Andy Bumatai, Da Braddahs, Kaleo Pilanca and Del Beazley entertain for Administrative Professionals Day (i.e. secretaries) at 11:30 a.m. April 22 at Ala Moana Hotel’s Hibiscus Ballroom (944-4330, ext. 4333) ... Rev. Wally Fukunaga is back in a familiar Kailua pulpit at Christ Church Uniting. It was his first pastoral ministry, and now he’ll start as interim pastor there at 10 a.m. April 26. There’ll be a reception after the service (262-6911)

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