Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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August 26, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Liana Green-Wright will represent Hawaii beginning Sept. 6 at the Mrs. America pageant in Tucson, Arizona, accompanied by husband Matt and parents Estelle and Michael Green of Kaneohe ... Windward talents Uncle Mel Murata and the Keiki Palaka Band and Hoku Zuttermeister (that jewelry designer mentioned in last week’s column) are all performing Sunday afternoon at Kapiolani Medical Center’s 100th birthday bash at Honolulu Zoo ...

Speaking of animals, Kailua’s Ron Darby produces The Pet Hui on OC16, turning out two new programs each month. If you have a pet idea for him to cover, report your hot tip to him at 398-3360 ... Still more on pets. Kaneohe resident Deb McGuire, aka Hawaii Pet Photographer, went after bigger game recently by visiting a special animal refuge near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. “Believe it or not, it is still legal to purchase lions and tigers and bears in many states,” Deb says. “People buy these exotic animals when they are small.

They realize when their pets are 6 to 7 months old that ‘cute’ is VERY BIG” ... When Kupono Aweau was on stage at the packed 24-VII dance show Aug. 15 at Windward Mall, he revealed his favorite dance assignment from his successful run on the So You Think You Can Dance TV show. Yep, Pono liked the crash-test dummy role best ... Windward Artists Guild members Michelle Kaskovich and Jill Butterbaugh have their work on display through Sept. 11 at the Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, as part of the Schaffer Portrait Challenge ...

Lost: Hawaiian bracelet that says ‘Kawehileilokelani” on it. It’s true home is on the wrist of Rose Talmadge of Kaneohe. Rose thinks she lost it in mid July “somewhere near Denny’s at Windward City” (247-1882) ... As Frank Lockwood retires this month after a long career with the Kailua family law firm of Lockwood & Hartley, Elsa McGehee is excited to take his place with partner Steven Hartley. “I love it,” says Elsa, a veteran litigator and UH law school graduate who commutes from Mililani. Elsa also is active with American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ...

Susan Lee St. John of Kailua will read selections about food at Hawaii Public Radio’s next taping of Aloha Shorts, set for 7 p.m. Sept. 6 (955-8821). This time, you can bring canned goods, too, for the Hawaii Foodbank ... Polynesian Cultural Center’s new evening showcase, Ha: Breath of Life, debuted to a sold-out crowd Aug. 14, complete with standing ovation. To find out what it’s all about, call 293-3333 for reservations ...

Kailua artist David Behlke‘s Recycle Group is on view through Sept. 3 at Gallery on the Pali (526-1191) ... The Hawaii Conservation Alliance selected 25 student stories and poems to fit its 2009 theme of “My Hawaii,” and 11 of them come from Windward students (out of nearly 400 entries). They are Moana Keaunui, Joanna Leung and Kiana Ringuette of Kailua Intermediate; and Devon Franke, Robert Graper, Georgia Havens, Cheryl Kapahu, Logan Spencer, Kira Szabo, Erin Voss and Jasmine Ying of Le Jardin Academy

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