Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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July 08, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kaneohe resident and Stanford freshman Micah Maetani has been published in Nutrition and Cancer for his work in 2007 at Hawaii Cancer Research Center on, ahem, “Association of Leptin, 25-Hydroxivitamin D, and Parathyroid Hormone in Women.” I think they put too many commas in there ... More about writers: Regarding Kailua author Fred Barnett and his past history with The Gong Show (in the July 1 Islander story on his shark book): He wrote jokes for the show, not music. We ancient ones all know what the music sounded like ...

HPU chemistry professor and Kailua resident David Horgen received the 2008 Jack Beal Award July 1 for “best paper” in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Natural Products. David and five colleagues wrote about a potential anticancer substance and a new molecule that has potential to advance the study of inflammatory diseases (and that’s just the layman’s version of the topic!) ... Kaneohe resident and MidWeek reporter Alana Folen is part of the team that won a 2009 Telly Award for cable show No. 120 of Living Local with the Baraquios. For that OC16 program, Alana reported on Broadway star Lea Salonga - one of her favorite performers. Congratulations, Alana ...


At Noboru Restaurant on Hamakua Drive, owner’s wife Julie Yoshioka has been conducting tasty lessons in sake appreciation since April. Only six people at a time can partake of the class (6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays for $30 each), but with the education come pupus and “unique sake desserts,” says Julie, who is a certified sake specialist. Call her at 261-3033 or sign up while you’re eating there ... She once attended Heeia Elementary School and still has plenty of family in Windward. But for now, Navy Ensign Nicole-Marie Lilinoe England is enrolled in flight school in Pensacola, Fla. Not too long ago, Nikki was a scholar and volleyball standout for the Naval Academy team; she’s also cousin to Kamehameha the Great - that is, Keoni Kilbey, who portrayed the king in the recent parade here ...

Castle hospital ER doctor Craig Thomas was missing for much of March, when he served as onboard physician for the Hokule’a crew during its Palmyra Atoll training run. He told the hospital’s newsletter that canoe life is much like an emergency room as it demanded critical teamwork. Sunburn was the ailment of the day ... The Marine base job fair in June attracted about 1,428 civilian and military folks looking to fill 170 jobs on base. Ric Paguio, Family Member Employment Assistance Program manager, told Hawaii Marine that most new jobs are in security: “Our security is growing and growing as far as what we’re protecting and where” ...


Washington State in Pullman graduated two Kaneohe students this spring: Joelle Kikukawa (basic medical sciences) and Alexander McManus cum laude (education) ... Manoa Valley Theatre’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee runs July 1-19, and in the cast is Kaneohe actress Ivy Hays (988-0098) ... Kaneohe artist Wayne Takezono has an exhibit up through July 12 at Cedar Street Gallery in Honolulu, and a self-portrait at the Contemporary Museum in First Hawaiian Center through Sept. 11 downtown ... See if you can figure out these license plates: CR8ON, BF8FUL and DV-ANT

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