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Carol Chang
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April 29, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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D. Niles-Hansen

Current chancellor of Windward Community College Angela Meixell has been appointed by the Board of Regents to be interim state director of the board for Career and Technical Education, effective July 1. It’s a field Angela is familiar with because of past jobs directing the Employment Training Center and overseeing academic grants and vocational programs at Kapiolani Community College. For news about her WCC replacement, see page 10 ...

Kalaheo High graduate Diana Niles-Hansen (plus a University of Phoenix master’s degree) still likes the public schools apparently. She’s just been appointed assistant superintendent for the DOE Office of Human Resources. Diana was previously with the Consuelo Foundation, Child and Family Service, AIG Hawaii and St. Francis Healthcare System ...


You’ve heard how green the Marine base is getting - no more plastic bags, etc. They also recycle furniture. Recently a homeless shelter in Waianae got a truckload from the base barracks, now being renovated. And that’s just one agency. The base also sent nearly 70 beds to the Hawaii Youth Leadership Alliance (Winners Camp). If you have a legitimate need of furniture, call the Base Recycling Center at 257-4300 ...

Kaneohe’s Jason Elento, now a Hawaii Technology Academy student, is having a good spring playing for Kailua AYSO VIP soccer team. He was in the Kirk Banks tournament April 4 against other teams for children with special abilities, and received a medal from Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona ... Barbara Eberhart of Lanikai, Kailua native Lynne Boyer, Lanikai photographer Heather Titus and Kaneohe musician Fred Gayagas are among the talents to be enjoyed and partaken of at First Friday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. May 1 in the Mendonca courtyard on downtown Smith Street (262-5930) ...

Jason Elento

Just a few blocks makai of there, Kailua’s busy songbird Mihana Souza entertains at Don Ho‘s Island Grill on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. ... Paepae o He’eia, the group caring for Heeia Fishpond, will have its first benefit dinner from 6 to 9:30 p.m. May 16 at - where else? - the Waikiki Aquarium, serving the best delicacies from the pond and the land. Call Mehana Makainai at 236-6178 ...

Mark Takahata has saved $80 on his monthly electric bill since installing a 20-panel photo-voltaic system from Sunetric of Kailua. An open house at his Kaneohe home is set for this Saturday (see calendar) ... When driving past HPU’s Hawaii Loa campus these days, keep in mind you’re close to Howard Okita Softball Field. The college honored the longtime Kailua High and HPU coach by officially naming the field after him earlier this month. Howard stepped down from the head coaching job in January, but remains on staff ...

Lead singer Tom Patrick says the Aqua trio now plays Saturdays at Club Komo Mai in Kaneohe. “The club has an all-new dance floor and lighting system,” he writes. “Just think of us as your Saturday night aerobic workout” ... Congratulations to all the area halau, but especially Hula Halau o Kamuela, which took first in Wahine ‘Auana, second in Wahine Overall and fourth in Wahine Kahiko at the Merrie Monarch Festival. The Waimanalo and Kalihi troupe is led by Kau’ionalani Kamana’o and Kunewa Mook

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