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Carol Chang
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August 19, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kaneohe’s Hoku Zuttermeister, a multiple award-winning musician, is branching out to another form of art. At 6 p.m. today (Aug. 19) he will launch his own exclusive line of jewelry, with a song or two at the Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry store at Pearlridge Center Downtown (524-4300) ... Singer/songwriter Ruth Shiroma Foster will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday at Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Studio with the Oahu Songwriters Group (955-8821). Ruth serves as a pianist on Sundays for the congregations at St. John’s By the Sea Church in Kahaluu ... Kaneohe resident Corinne Emi Kamiya has earned her master of fine arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston ... Kailua native David Watt and partner Dale Geldum have established a brisk business recycling discarded beach mats and air mattresses by turning them into cool beach totes. Kini Beach now has a steady supply of sunbather riff-raff from the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach and other Island hotels. One place you can find their green wear - 99 percent recycled - is at Muumuu Heaven, in Kailua, of course ...


Kailua’s Bobby Silva has completed work on a new episode of the TV hit series Medium with Patricia Arquette, and you also can see him in G.I. Joe, which opened recently on the big screen. As Bobby told his dad Bob, however, the economy did affect Hollywood, and especially another acting project of his. He had landed the lead role in the horror film Blood Moon: The Rise of Skinwalker, which is now “postponed indefinitely” ...

Skinwalkers may be out, but magic is still in, as many of you have enjoyed recently at Koolau Magic Theater. Kaneohe’s Yona Chock, who has performed at the monthly Koolau show with The Great Davidio and Mr. O, will help teach a free magic class at Kalihi-Palama Library at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 (234-5262) ... Kaneohe historian Tom Coffman now has a second edition of his classic Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawaii, in paperback ...

More literate locals. Golden Plover awards for Windward Community College 2009 literary journal Rain Bird went to student John Harrison IV for his sci-fi short story Sea of Clouds and to writing retreat participant Joan Gencarelli for The Cupboard under the Stairs, which relates how at age 4 she was sent away from London by her mother to get her out of the bombing zone during World War II ... Seen on a van coming back from town on a recent evening: license plate KLY-BOY. That’s gotta be the vehicle of one of Kaneohe’s favorite singers, Kelly Boy DeLima ...

Alan Akina‘s Kahuku-based company, 101 Financial, made the top 500 list of the “fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.” in Inc. magazine. The former BYU-Hawaii basketball star also has helped coach high school hoops - and he has five kids of his own. Good enough reason to be akamai about money ... You can watch Waimanalo’s star farmer Dean Okimoto in action at 2 p.m. Friday at the Made in Hawaii Festival at Blaisdell Arena, where he and Ronnie Nasuti of Roy’s Restaurant whip up some dishes to support buying and eating locally ...

Good news for coffee and music fans at Schofield Barracks. Julie Loo just opened a Muddy Waters Cafe at Kalakaua Community Center on post. Julie already runs the popular Muddy Waters in Aikahi Park and at Bellows Air Station, so she knows what military customers like ... While visiting my daughter Erin Chang Wells in Chino, Calif. (the fading dairy capital of California’s Inland Empire), I learned that local high school band boosters were staging their annual Cow Chip Bingo benefit. It could work here, if you’ve got a big flat field. People bet on the location of the first, second and third “plops.” Then they release the cows onto a numbered grid and let the chips fall where they may. Instant “green” money for a good cause ...

Meanwhile, Castle Medical Center’s annual Chip in for Castle golf tournament brought in more than $800,000 to help the hospital go green

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