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Carol Chang
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July 01, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Seth Wilkinson

Castle High graduate (1996) Candice Bonser Wong has been inducted into the Heald College Alumni Hall of Fame. Candice graduated with highest honors from the school and also from HPU magna cum laude. She currently works on Heald’s Honolulu campus as director of financial aid ... Speaking of scholarship, Oregon State’s honor roll for spring term includes Rachel Pavlis of Kaneohe with a straight A average in pre-apparel, and Kailua students Jo Ann Lozano (human development and family science), Wilder McAndrews (general science) and Stephanie Root (natural resources) ...

Military pilot David Hamershock of Kailua has published his first novel, Wind to Water, described as “a love story, travel adventure and romantic comedy” all rolled into one. Check it out at http://www.windtowater.net ... Laukii Cheng of Kaneohe made the Provost’s List fall semester at University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha with a gpa of 3.8 or higher ... Seth Wilkinson of Kailua has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ...


Kahuku Red Raiders Zachary Frampton, Kameron Ho Ching and Kenner Shumway won a second-place medal at National History Day June 14-18 in Washington, D.C., in the Junior Group Performance Category for “Hope is an Action: The Legacy of Father Damien” ... Windward photographer Martine Aceves-Foster‘s work is on view during First Friday July 3 at the Mendonca Building on downtown Smith Street. Kailuan Joan Dubanoski has her digital nature designs up, too, along with live painting demos by Edgardo Garcia II and music by Kaneohe’s Fred Gayagas (262-5930) ...

Blaine Ohama

Kailua historian and author Bob Dye has penned a comic novel this time through Watermark Publishing about a Hawaii native who moves to Ireland and becomes embroiled in the historical controversy surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania and her mysterious cargo. It’s call Humble Honest Men. Dye himself lives part time in the town of Kinsale in County Cork. (I had a great steaming bowl of mussels there once) ... You can eat lotus plants, too, and Kevin Mulkern‘s nursery is loaded. Stop by on Saturdays to check it out at 1465 Waimanalo Road ...

As an “outstanding middle school student,” Blaine Ohama of Ben Parker Elementary School will be at the Junior National Young Leaders conference July 6-11 in Washington, D.C., to absorb leadership skills through presentations, tours, interviews and meetings with national leaders, sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. Whew! Pretty heavy for just finishing fifth grade. Blaine recycled cans and plastics to help pay for his trip ... Windward’s “triple threat” of traditional Hawaiian musicians - George Kuo, Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi - perform at 7:30 p.m. July 18 at HPR’s Atherton Studio (955-8821) ...

Manoa Valley Theater’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee plays July 1-19, and in the cast is Kaneohe actress Ivy Hays (988-0098). I hope I spelled her name koreckly ... Kailua’s Paris Priore-Kim reads from Nora Okja Keller‘s Ghost Stories at 7 p.m July 5 at HPR’s Atherton Studio for the next taping of Aloha Shorts (955-8821) 

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