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Carol Chang
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October 14, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Nicole Lauro

Le Jardin Academy fourth-grader Nicole Lauro, a Kaneohe gymnast, earned a spot on the TOPs National B Team Sept. 25-27 at Bela Karolyi‘s women’s national gymnastics training camp in Texas. Nicole and her three team-mates at Hawaiian Island Twisters are now among the top 20 for their age group in the entire country. The girls return for more training with Bela and the national team/Olympic coaches in December ...


Out $100 for a costume that does-n’t fit, Kailua environmental advocate Shannon Wood advises Halloween customers to know the company they rent from and make sure its policy allows you to inspect and try it on before paying. Let’s face it, she learned the hard way, you can’t teach about global warming if your polar bear costume hangs down past your toes ...

Ashley Layfield

Why would an English teacher need swords in her classroom? Would you believe “clashing pronouns”? While trying to add excitement to grammar lessons, Castle High teacher Diane Lee finally broke the handle off of her old prop and needs new ones (cheap plastic toy swords) to help make her point (233-5600) ...

A belated thank you to Tyler Lau and his fellow scouts from Boy Scout Troop 117 who built and painted a backboard for the Castle High tennis courts last semester. Tyler’s Eagle Scout project means the folks who play tennis there can use it for a long time ... Busy Castle High grad (and Miss Hawaii 2007) Ashley Layfield is currently on stage in Paliku Theatre’s West Side Story as well as having the title role in The Actors Group’s Soul Saviour: Dancing Between Heaven and Hell, playing Oct. 5-25 downtown (722-6911) ...

Allan & Aaron Kellogg

When Aikahi’s Aaron Kellogg graduated from Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., last spring, he asked dad Allan Kellogg Jr. (a Vietnam vet and Medal of Honor winner in the Marine Corps) to pin on his graduation rope. It must have inspired him, because Aaron has since completed paratrooper training, reports proud sister Tanna Kellogg ...

Kailua artist Warren Stenberg is in good company for his latest show with legendary sculptor Satoru Abe and Harry Tsuchidana, who was once Warren’s teacher. Their works are on view in No Plan B through Nov. 14 at Louis Pohl Gallery in Chinatown (521-1812) ...

Warren Stenberg

Paul Sato of the Saloon Pilots admits that the local band attracts a diverse crowd to its Friday night gigs at Kailua’s Big City Diner (see calendar). On Oct. 2, for instance, a man cruised by on his bike with a big white rabbit, and both of them stopped to listen in. The band also will bring its fiddling frenzy and bluegrass sounds to KEY Project annual Ohana Festival and fundraiser Saturday

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