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Carol Chang
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September 30, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Mark Tawara

Scott Ritchie is revving up the Lanikai school ohana for two whole hours of fun and games - about math. The school’s first “Orbit Around Math” night starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday offering 24 games and activities designed for keiki fun and to boost Hawaii’s dismal standardized math scores. “A lot of fathers have offered to help,” notes Scott; Wally Amos has been invited to read word problems as only he can, and state Rep. Chris Lee will assist in the adventure. Everyone is welcome. Call Ann Pederson at 266-7844 ...

Lanikai’s Barbara Eberhart has a one-woman show up now through Oct. 31 at Che Pasta at Bishop Square. It represents new paintings and techniques over the past four years of work. There’s a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Uh-oh. That’s during math night ... Kailua’s Mark Tawara, marketing director here for Belt Collins, was named Chapter President of the Year at a July conference in Las Vegas of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

G. Yamamoto-Lau

Mark’s Hawaii group also took first place for excellence among small chapters ... Julice Ubando (Castle 2003) has graduated from the Army ROTC four-week leaders training course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. She is a student at University of Hawaii ... Trenton Manson of Kailua has entered basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in preparation for his first academic year there ...

Congratulations to Longs Drugs’$1,000 scholarship recipients from Windward public schools: Tiffany Kishida of Castle, Weathirly Grace of Kahuku, Sharay Galdeira of Kailua and Natasha Stenson of Kalaheo. All have expressed an interest in business, which the drug chain supports ... Gwen

Yamamoto-Lau of Kaneohe is now president of Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corp., a nonprofit that serves the affordable rental housing market here ... What’s former Royal Hawaiian bandmaster Aaron Mahi doing now? For one thing, he leads a choral singing group at the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club quarters on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come on down, everybody. Call 235-8111 for directions ...

Lauren Sandborn

Lauren Sandborn of Kaneohe is the first recipient of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard robotics scholarship, which funds up to four years of engineering study at UH-Manoa - plus an offer of full-time work at the shipyard ... WCC is particularly proud of three of its outstanding faculty, who recently were honored by the UH system.

Assistant professor of Hawaiian studies Liko Hoe won the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; anatomy and physiology instructor Ross Langston won the UH Regents Excellence in Teaching award; and former English professor Frank Mattos received the WCC Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service (for service learning programs) ...

Kalaheo High School can boast that it’s got the only 2010 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist among Windward schools: Kat K. Compagnoni

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