Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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June 17, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Melody MacKenzie

Kahuku artist Hilton Alves continued his Surf Art Kids Hawaii Tour by painting Hukilau and Our Laie Bay murals at Laie Elementary School recently, one of them with the help of all 600 students. Hilton got in the spirit of hukilau by attending the town’s annual real one May 25, put on by the Hamana Beach Hukilau Crew ...

And on June 8 Kailua muralist Thomas Deir unveiled a large tile mural at Iroquois Point Elementary, which features tiles created by each of the keiki. Thomas always suggests you look at the children’s faces when the veil comes off, instead of at the mural itself: “It’s very rewarding for me to see their faces explode with satisfaction and camaraderie,” he says ... Melody MacKenzie of Kailua, an assistant professor at UH law school, is among 10 women the YWCA will honor Friday at its annual Leaders Luncheon in Waikiki (695-2602). Melody has worked on Native Hawaiian legal issues for three decades and teaches courses on it at the school. She also takes hula from Mapuana de Silva at Kokokahi YWCA ...

Julian Tamba, one of 13 of Kalaheo High’s valedictorians, also sung the National Anthem at the Blaisdell Arena ceremony June 5 and followed up June 7 with a performance of Japanese pop music at the International Marketplace. Julian really likes that music genre. So much so, he’s taking his guitar to Japan this summer for three weeks to play “anywhere they will let him,” according to his mom, Whitney Heyd. He plans to return and study Japanese at UH ...

When speaker Steven Snow stepped to the podium at the BYU-Hawaii commencement in Laie, he looked out upon a United Nations-type assemblage: more than 200 students from 34 countries graduated on June 6 ... Kailuans Tamara Moan (paintings and prints) and Ron Kent (woodworking) have a Friends and Mentors exhibit opening this week in the Pauahi Tower Mezzanine downtown with Patrice Federspiel (watercolors). There’s a reception at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (221-8102) ...

AnnaRae Kahala

If you haven’t seen Haleiwa Farmers Market yet, this may the the right Sunday to go (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on old Kamehameha Highway by Cane Haul Road). Kailua musician and author Fred Barnett will be there signing copies of his expanded edition of Shark Stories, 101 Amazing Real-life Shark Tales. No need to take a shark dive from Haleiwa Harbor, just read Fred’s book, if you dare ... AnnaRae Kahala of Kahuku High was a student finalist in the UH-West Oahu Flyer contest to promote the school, which is a four-year university housed on the Leeward Community College campus ...Hawaii Job Corps’ community liaison Julie Dugan got special attention at the National Job Corps Association conference. They named her “the best of the best” ...

Still looking for that Father’s Day gift? Designer Andrea Weymouth-Fujie says East Honolulu Clothing Co. at Waimanalo Town Center now custom sews knit Aloha Shirts on site, tailored to your special guy (259-7677) ... Speaking of Father’s Day, Nelson Chang of Ahuimanu has published Flavor of a Family, a book about a father’s love for his ohana. “It’s touching, funny and full of aloha,” writes his wife (me). You can check it out at http://www.lulu.com ... Oahu Civil Defense (now Department of Emergency Management) is mourning the loss of Bruce Eguires, coordinator of volunteers from Hanauma Bay to Kaaawa for 30 years. “Bruce was an outstanding volunteer who didn’t hesitate in storms, floods and hurricanes to protect his community and his Windward ohana,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. He died June 6 ...

Kailua’s hottest crash-test dummy right now is Kupono Aweau, still in the running on the So You Think You Can Dance FOX TV show. The former 24-VII dancer and his partner successfully conveyed a romance between “dummies” on last Wednesday’s show. Want more? Tune in tonight

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