Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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August 12, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Warning: Lots of words here. Windward Community College student Jessica Nalani Leonard has received a $1,000 scholarship for academics and her “practical application of geospatial technology and GIS (geographic information systems).” As a student intern with Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Jessica created a database of coral reef conditions for the WCC Marine Option Program and is working on a GIS of the Waikalua Loko fishpond system. Her grant is from the, ahem, Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council ... Kaneohe’s Paloma Almanza is one of 83 Avon sales reps to receive a college scholarship from the Avon Foundation for Women - and that’s not a foundation for your makeup! Paloma was selected for her academic record, leadership, community service and much more ... Windward Community Federal Credit Union has awarded $1,000 college scholarships to graduating seniors Jeanise Royos of Castle High and Jayginealeen Ifenuk of Kalaheo High ... Kailua resident Madeline May Taylor has earned her bachelor’s degree in special education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison ... Eden-Lee Murray of Ahuimanu is the new education director for Hawaii Theatre Center, and she can lead her ensemble of young aspiring actors by example. A veteran of local theater, Eden-Lee won two Po’okela awards just last month for both acting and directing ... Two Windward boys, the only representatives from Hawaii, did well at the U.S. Junior Olympic Skills Competition national finals July 25 in Chula Vista, Calif. Mitchell Quinn of Kailua won a silver medal for track and field (boys age 8 and 9) and Josh Aughenbaugh of Laie took the bronze for tennis (boys 10 and 11). They earned the trip by winning in the West regionals ... Congratulations to Sea Life Park and its bottlenose dolphin Hi’iaka, who gave birth to Waiohakaupo, a “healthy baby girl,” on July 6 after a very short labor. The park is offering special guided tours to take a peek in the nursery (259-2500) ... Castle High’s pride, Olympic decathlete Bryan Clay, will be standing still for a little while this Saturday and Sunday as the guest speaker for New Hope church services at Farrington High School auditorium (842-4242). Bryan also is keynote speaker for Hawaii’s Admission Day commemorative conference Aug. 21 at Hawaii Convention Center (522-0825) ... LesLeeAnn Pulliam (Castle 2007) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Ziggy Marley hosts a children’s concert at noon Saturday at Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center with a little help from Windward recording artists Jack Johnson and Paula Fuga and others (524-5437, ext. 23) ... Brian Albus’ summer band students put on their Rock Works finale of light and heavy rock with eight bands and 30 songs Aug. 8 at Paliku Theatre. Brian calls Paliku “one of the best theaters around,” and strong enough to handle the vibe. Brian gears up for fall classes in Kaneohe soon (953-7631)

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