Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 20, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Isaac Yuen

You knew someone was going to do it. Kaneohe entrepreneur Dave Swirsky and Yasin Alsagoff have developed a website for a timely new product, Aloha Masks. Flu protection Hawaiian style, they call it. Colorfully styled in hibiscus patterns, the respirator masks should keep those flu bugs away. Three Windward families had a hand in the concept, Dave says. Go to http://www.alohamasks.com or call 382-0406 ...

Lucky mothers got essays recently from their award-winning children, thanks to Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center’s Mother’s Day Contest. First-place grade-level winners are Kaitlen Camara-Ah You of Heeia Elementary, Spencer Oda of St. Mark Lutheran and Kylie Haitsuka of King Intermediate. Their topic: “What I have learned from my mom” ...


The Public Schools Foundation honors Sam Choy tonight (May 20) along with two other distinguished public school graduates. Chef Sam is a Red Raider from way back ... Congratulations to Ikaika Anderson, who officially took his City Council seat May 14 after a private swearing in. He will swear again in public during a council meeting at 10 a.m. May 27 ...

Isaac Yuen is now an agent with the Honolulu general office of New York Life Insurance. Born and raised in Kaneohe, he has a BA from George Washington University.

Wayne Shishido

Managing partner Michael Ceci says Isaac is eager to help families protect their financial futures (386-7879) ... The new Aikahi playground is temporarily closed pending the fixing and/or completion of various projects. Plus the Friends are still figuring out where to find $20,000 to buy and ship in the final ground cover. To get the latest news or to offer help or money, go to http://www.aikahiplay-ground.org ...

Kaneohe’s Wayne Shishido plays Hawaiian music “with lots of aloha” along with Elena Martinez from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Moana Surfrider’s Banyan Veranda (778-2945) ... Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Program has honored Lanikai elder Cliff Cooper with its Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the business community. Now 92, Cliff’s company built rockets that launched America’s first satellites into space. He also headed a bank, the national Jaycees, advised the Secretary of Defense, wrote a book and sat on the Hoover Commission, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Small Business Administration. Phew! ...

Kelley Sumner‘s second-graders at Furry Elementary School in Ohio are eager to get postcards from Hawaii for their “Picture America” project. Send ‘em to her at 310 Douglas Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870 ... Brandon Ing (Castle 2001, UH 2006) won an Okinawa Prefectural Government scholarship to spend a year in Okinawa studying the arts. Brandon plays guitar and would like to combine Western instrumentation with sanshin (traditional Okinawan music) ...

No one in “north” Kailua should be dumping bad stuff down city drains anymore. According to Richard Lau, Kalaheo High’s student activities coordinator, more than 125 students marked 350 storm drains during a recent campaign to protect the quality of the water flow into the ocean

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