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Carol Chang
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July 15, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Axl Deacon

A longtime member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1-14 Kaneohe, Nancy Airhart has been named a Most Valuable Partner for 2008-2009 for going above and beyond in her effort to recruit students for the Coast Guard Academy. Nancy has many interests in the community besides the auxiliary, such as the Windward Orchid Society ... If you fall ill while visiting Samuel Kamekau School in Kaneohe, rest assured you’ll get quick help. Not from the Coast Guard though, but from a defibrillator. Diamond Head Bakery president Brent Kunimoto presented the immersion school with its very own heart-saver on June 16 ...

Kailua High graduate John “Rooster” Thomson, a drummer and vocalist now living in Kaneohe, will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 25 at Atherton Studio with Boogie and The Humbones (955-8821) ... Ke’alii Green of Hauula is the new project manager for Na Kama o Koolauloa, and he’s currently working to meet deadlines on Na Kamalei’s new early education curriculum for Native Hawaiian families (372-7086) ...

Cody Dion

Little Axl Deacon is doing just fine now, thanks to the fundraising last year in Kailua by Prostreet Custom Cycles at Kapaa Quarry. The Gearhead Classic drew 3,000 people and paid for his brain surgery. (Axl was born with a skull that didn’t grow fast enough to accommodate his brain, and the family insurance didn’t cover the bone-grafting procedure at a Texas hospital.) Last week Prostreet did it again, only this time with partner Dana Vennen, executive director of Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii. The 2009 event will support scholarships to the Waimanalo horsemanship program ...

Liam Wilson

According to business filings, Formaggio Grill is part of a corporation registered as Laughing Gravy Inc. It’s the wine, however, that makes you smile there ... If you’ve wondered what’s going on when firefighters shoot formidable water sprays over the bridge on Luluku Road and elsewhere, the mystery is now solved. Fire Capt. Terry Seelig told me it’s what they call “wet drill training” - for trouble shooting and how to handle equipment - “just so we know we can use the hoses under working conditions” ...

N. Hopkins-Moniz

Speaking of firefighters, HFD fire chief Kenneth Silva of Kaneohe has a killer recipe for “Silva’s Chop Steak” featured on the city’s human resources online spring newsletter. He starts with lean, trimmed pork. Just don’t leave your pan unattended on the stove, for Pete‘s sake ...

Military news: Cody Dion of Kailua, John Lyman of Kaneohe and Liam Wilson (Kalaheo 2008) have graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, and Natasha Hopkins-Moniz (Castle 2006) has achieved the same distinction, but with the Air National Guard

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