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Carol Chang
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August 05, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kai Yamashiro

Congratulations to Tom Holowach, Kailua resident and manager of Paliku Theatre, who earned a Po’okela award for Leading Male in a Musical - at another theater. He won for his performance in Army Community Theatre’s Curtains. Also making a splash outside of their Windward haunts are Kaneohe’s Shari Lynn with a Po’okela for Female Lead in Diamond Head Theatre’s Gypsy, and Bree Bumatai of Kailua won for Director of Manoa Valley Theatre’s Frost/Nixon ... Don’t hold your breath, library fans, but Kaneohe branch manager Tom Churma says the state/city folks held a pre-construction meeting July 28, and “it looks like work will begin in September” on the parking lot expansion ...

Director Susan Luehrs is pleased to announce that her Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs agency has won a grant from Hawaii Community Foundation to repair and improve its youth training site on the Kahuku hospital grounds ... Into the nightly music mix at BayFest next weekend the Marine base also has arranged for a Hawaiian-style jam at 5 p.m. Aug. 16 featuring Ten Feet, Fiji (6:30) and the New Zealand roots reggae band Katchafire (8:30). Admission is free with the $5 BayFest ticket (254-7679) ...


Not everything’s depressed in Las Vegas. Recent Windward slot machine winners at the downtown Sam Boyd casinos include Kailua’s Joan O’Connell ($20,888), Edmund Tawara ($9,231), Charles Okuhata ($6,400), Annette Pipi ($4,000), and Kaneohe’s Anna Santos and Gail Keppa ($10,000 each), Richard Hirai ($5,401), Clayton Nascimento ($4,974) and Lorraine Chow ($4,000) ... Kai Yamashiro of Kaneohe is preparing for a career on land, sea or in the air. He just graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy (as a All-Mountain West swimming standout) with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, spent a month in Europe, and then new 2nd Lt. Kai reported for pilot training at Laughlin AFB in Texas ...

Correction: The unlucky steer downed by arrows in Kaneohe last month was shot in the stomach and rump, not in the eye ... Benjamin Smith (Castle 2008) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Brandon Paulo of Kaneohe has graduated from Army basics at Fort Sill, Okla. ...


Windward artists Joan Dubanoski and Frederico Domingo will exhibit their original works at First Friday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Mendonca Building courtyard on Smith Street (262-5930), with music by Fred Gayagas of Kaneohe ... Kailuan Bill Stone and his wife Trudi recently returned from a trip to New York, London and Scotland, where golf was a highlight. “I stood on the very spot where Tom Watson dropped his ball and almost made a statement,” Bill says. Also, did you know that there’s no golf on Sundays at the famed St. Andrews course? ...

Kaanoipono Cabrinha (Kahuku ‘99) completed Army National Guard basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. No surprise there, Kaanoipono is already the HIARNG Soldier of the Year out of Wheeler ... Did you know that it will take a minimum of half a billion lei to repair the parliament and presidential office in the East European nation of Moldove?! Actually, that’s what Moldovans call their monetary unit, according to James Hargreaves, a family friend now assisting the judiciary there. He says the exchange rate is $1 = 11 Lei ... Chris Picciotto says that Kali Systems LLC of Kailua is now certified as an Enterprise Suite Intuit Solution Provider for evolving mid-size businesses with specific IT and E-commerce needs, and you know who you are! Call him at 262-8995

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