Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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April 22, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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A longtime Kailua resident with that beautiful voice, Nalani Olds, is one of this year’s Living Treasures of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. She was honored in February for her contributions to Hawaiian culture, such as founding the Prince Lot Hula Festival and counseling former inmates through Alu Like’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program ...

Rudy Ortega (Kahuku 2007) has graduated from the Plumber Utilities Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas ... Patrick Perry of Aikahi Elementary captured the grade K-1 category of the SuperNationals Chess Tournament this month in Nashville, Tenn. ... Retired Hina Hauka CEO Andy Anderson does not give up. He says you can go online to hear stories of substance abuse recovery through http://www.olelo.org. Just click on OleloNet, type in Recovery, then hit video. See if it doesn’t help you out. (If you have trouble getting to it, call Andy at 391-8929.) Also accessible is a Recovery Special on Gary Stomberg produced by Kailua’s Rich Figel ...


The Critical Care Nurses Association of Hawaii applied some critical care to the Silva family house in Waimanalo, volunteering with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity’s construction project work day on April 11. “On a daily basis we are used to helping patients,” explains association president Jennie Chadbourne, “but this is a great opportunity to help people outside the hospital, in the community” ...

Daisy Lee Carinio of Kaneohe has won the Leslie and Ida Lindower Endowed Scholarship at Ashland University in Ohio, where she is majoring in social work ... Former MidWeek publishing couple, Ken and Karen Berry, are now behind the Chattanooga Times Free Press monthly “high-end lifestyle” magazine called Chatter. Karen is executive editor, and Ken works on the sales and writing side ...

More down to earth is KEY Project, which you can now call KEW Project - for Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Worm Project. Eldean Kukahiko and his youthful gardeners have given their worms a home in “whirly-type” Christmas tree stands where they can do their vermi-casting thing. Stay tuned for phase 2, when an organic garden should sprout from the rich homemade compost ... According to Piilani Aea (see page 1 story), it ain’t easy to untie a maile lei, even with a mayor and U.S. senator helping out. Piilani was at the blessing for Waimanalo’s new sidewalk, you see. “It was kind of hard because it was tied with raffia,” she recalls. “I kept yanking at it, 1-2-3, 1-2-3” ...

Deb McGuire is devoted to shooting pets - shooting them with a camera, that is. She and Tim, her retired Marine husband, live in Kaneohe where she now devotes her time to capturing the best images of animals, domestic or wild, large or small (yes, even a bug!). Check out http://www.hawaiipetphotos.com. She also has a photo on page 8 ... Teacher Vicky Villegas proudly announces that Lanikai Elementary School’s first-graders will perform a favorite Dr. Seuss story, The Lorax, in observance of Earth Day today (Wednesday) on campus ... Happy 45th birthday to Enchanted Lake Elementary School. The ohana celebrated with a steak dinner April 3 ... Observed on car license plates while driving carefully on Oahu streets and obeying all traffic laws: BIG OPU, 4U2T, WEEHA, ALAS, KLLNME, JNANDN

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