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Carol Chang
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September 02, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Deanna Moncrief

Come Sept. 12, three Windward executives from REHAB will be washing cars for charity in the hospital’s parking lot: Ko Miyatake of Maunawili, REHAB Foundation; Nancy Hughes of Kaneohe, chief of psychology; and Dr. Kent Yamamoto of Maunawili, medical director of traumatic brain injury programs. Watch out for washers’ elbow. For tickets, call Jennifer Pang of Pang Communications at 371-2882. She’s washing cars, too ...

The organ at Christ Church Uniting is showing its age and has “many internal electrical problems.” Don’t we all? Bob Grantham reports that they’re going with the much cheaper rebuild, rather than buying new. Kind of goes with the Kailua congregation’s green theme, too ... Windward painter Sonya Napoleon and metal sculptor Wilbert “Bert” Wong Jr. will showcase their latest works during First Friday at Ernie and JoDee Hunt‘s Mendonca Building courtyard, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday downtown (262-5930) ...

Kailua nutritionist Deanna Moncrief has won the 2009 Public Health Nutrition Award from the Society for Nutrition Education. Though she helps companies keep their employees healthy for a living through Benchmark Wellness (537-1333), it’s Deanna’s volunteer work that was honored by SNE. She coordinates lessons in good eating for more than 4,000 students in grades 2, 5 and 6 that Kokua Hawaii Foundation reaches through its ‘AINA in the Schools program. “We’ve been able to help kids connect the dots between caring for their environment, their bodies and each other,” she says ...

Speaking of growing things, Leland Miyano got the attention of the local chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects during its 2009 recognition program. The Kahaluu landscaper won the ASLA honor award in residential design for the Aliomanu Residence on Kauai. They say it “incorporated both the intimate, charming spaces and the expansive grounds of the residence.” Way to go, Leland ... Rhianna-Katherine Farm of Kaneohe has entered basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in preparation for her first academic year at the Colorado Springs college ...

Beth Tom is back in business on Oneawa Street after a year’s search for a new space for her growing Price Busters chain. The seventh Price Busters is right across the street from her former Kailua store (now Walgreen’s). Beth had a soft opening Aug. 20 in the former Hardware Hawaii showroom ... Lauren Kajiura is heading for a life of crime. The Kaneohe graduate student has won the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Scholarship, which will help her continue her forensic science studies at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania ...

The new legal counsel for Bishop Museum, Kahikino Noa Dettweiler, once taught Pacific Island and Hawaiian studies at Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School. Kahikino has his BA from BYU-Hawaii and graduated from UH law school. “It’s an honor to work among the treasure of Hawaii and my ancestors,” he says ... Local finalists and prize-winners in the state library’s Teen Summer Reading Program sponsored by Pizza Hut include Chenoa Yorgason (entered through Kahuku Library), Ryan Hambelek (Kailua), Jennifer Au (Kaneohe) and Sunshine Saucedo (Waimanalo). It pays to read ...

Windward favorites, the Saloon Pilots, make their Atherton Studio debut at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, bringing bluegrass to Kaheka Street

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