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Carol Chang
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June 03, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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P.J. Huonker

Selected from a pool of national dance experts and panelists with the National Endowment for the Arts, Kailua freelance writer Carol Egan has been tapped with eight others to read applications from dance companies vying for funds under the Arts and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Carol also chairs the dance program for Windward Arts Council ... P.J. Huonker, a product of Enchanted Lake Elementary, Kailua Intermediate and Kailua High (1999), has just graduated from UH medical school and is heading to Las Vegas and Irvine, Calif., for years’more training in surgery and anesthesiology. His proud mom, Barbara, recalls that KHS principal Mary Murakami used to address him as “Dr. P.J.” because of his wish even then to be a physician ...

Seattle Pacific University’s spring dean’s list includes Chara Hokama and Tracey Ige of Kaneohe, and Spencer Sutherland of Kailua ... Ryan Brilhante of Kailua has claimed his BS in biology from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. ... The Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans has selected state Rep. Cynthia Thielen for its Kokua Council’s Shining Light award because of her strong and dedicated advocacy of issues concerning seniors and retirees. Cynthia co-founded the Legislature’s Kupuna Caucus, and the ARA says she’s “very easily accessible” when they need her ...


Pomai Lopez of Kaneohe and Krisha Fairchild of Laie will read from local authors’ works at 7 p.m. Sunday at Atherton Studio during HPR’s taping of Aloha Shorts (955-8821) ... Grade-level essay winners in the state library’s Nene Awards program include Marissa Kauppi of St. John Vianney and Kaneohe Elementary’s Grace Franco and Mitchell Ho. Their entries were on 2008 Nene author Rick Riordan‘s The Lightning Thief (about a boy battling Greek monsters in a modern setting) ... Kai La’a (Kailua 2006) graduated May 28 from Army Military Police School at Ft. Leonard Wood,Mo. Next assignment? Germany ...

Lori-Ann Navares

Kailua artist Michael Ives has created a short film on Moki the Sea Monster, a Lanikai version of Nessie. To check it out, go to http://www.gallery.me.com/mpives ... Congratulations to Kaneohe’s Lori-Ann Navares, the new Mrs. Hawaii USA. She and husband Allen have three young daughters and will mark their 10th anniversary this summer. Lori-Ann works as a legal assistant with Leavitt Yamane & Soldner ... Trained under Rev. Robert Schuler of Crystal Cathedral, Kauai motivational speaker Robert Merkle will talk at 9 a.m. Sunday at Windward Unity Church (160 Mookua St.) on “Unanticipated and Anticipated Surprises” (262-6731). So don’t be surprised when you get there ...

Le’Etta Grance Garbett of Kaneohe tells us that longtime Kailua resident Katherine Higgins Grance, 92, died last month. Twice widowed, Katherine raised six children and helped raise four of her grandchildren (who were exemplary Sun Press carriers, by the way). “She never made the newspapers as a celebrity,” Le’Etta laments, “but she was mother of the hour, day, month and year for her family.” Now she has ... Kailua’s Denise Mollison brings her miniature purses to First Friday at JoDee and Ernie Hunt‘s Mendonca Building courtyard this Friday night, and Shayne Turner, also of Kailua, will share her “Grand Strands” creations at the Chinatown venue (262-5930)

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