Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 06, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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One of the chosen few for the Artists in Hawaii 2009 Exhibit, opening May 14 at the Honolulu Academy of Art, is retired Army Corps of Engineers regional director, Frank Oliva of Kailua. His wife Connie especially likes his aboriginal paintings, created after his inspiring trip to Australia. Not only that, Frank also does furniture, books, walls and any great surface waiting for his special touch (263-8223) ...

Good news from the market (Haleiwa Farmers Market, that is, not that one in New York): The April 19 market day brought in $1,200 for the Hawaii Pubic Radio pledge drive. I personally enrolled my dog Max as a new HPR member during the pledge drive. I hope he enjoys the Brother Noland CD he’s getting for it, and thanks again to J.N. and Linda for rescuing him from Kahekili Highway traffic ...


It pays forward when you shop during Foodland’s Shop for Higher Education campaign. Here are three reasons why: Castle High students Stephanie Soon, Sandra Huang and Hi’ilei Haru. They all won $2,000 scholarships for the promotion ... Sadly, multi-talented singer/songwriter Barbara Higbie is leaving Kailua for the Mainland, but not before a final concert at Atherton Studio at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday with Windward musicians Lisa Gomes, Kilin Reese, Bill Griffin and Paul Sato (955-8821) ...Speaking of Bill Griffin, happy birthday. Bill is a mandolin player and singer with the Saloon Pilots, who will celebrate the occasion of his birth during their gig May 15 at Big City Diner Kailua ... Helping feed supporters at Paepae o Heeia’s benefit May 16 at Waikiki Aquarium (263-6178) are homegrown chefs Tammy Hoe Smith of Hakipuu and Karen Miyano of Kahaluu. Yumm ...

Windward Ford dealer Mike McKenna has launched a promotion for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. (Hawaii’s race will be Oct. 18.) Now through June 1, Mike’s dealership “will match any donation made by Ford for any participation in the Warriors in Pink test drive event.” Download your certificate at www.fordcares.com ... Castle High’s Mitchell Lum represented the state at the International Career Development Conference last week in Anaheim, meeting up with more than 15,000 students in DECAprograms (for marketing students) from Guam to Canada ...

Island Air presented Robson Ah Puck of Kahuku High with the Jamie Wagatsuma Award for outstanding Aviation Student Explorer. Robson is in the first graduating class of 18 who completed the program last month. (The airline revived it after Aloha Airlines bowed out). Other Windward graduates are his brother Sonny Ah Puck III, Carissa Jeffery of Le Jardin Academy, Daniel Lum of Castle High and Naomi Martin of Windward Community College ...

Kailua’s Scout Shutter and Marcel Chan play this week at Central Oahu Regional Park courts in an important USTA Junior Tournament. The top junior players from all over the world are in town for this one ... Puohala school librarian Patti Matsuura does more than say “shhh!” She’s directing the students in the musical Jungle Book. Curtain time is somewhere between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria

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