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Carol Chang
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October 28, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Robert Braunthal

Kailua psychiatrist and Native Hawaiian health advocate Benjamin Young received the annual David Malo award last Saturday from the West Honolulu Rotary Club, which cited Ben’s lifelong commitment to “the welfare and perpetuation of Hawaiian medicine and culture.” Currently writing a book on the history of medicine in Hawaii, Ben helped build the Hokulea canoe, rode on it as crew doctor, and was back on land as chief of staff at Castle Medical Center in 1997. He also founded the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence at UH medical school ...

Norma Ching,mother of Waimanalo artist Patrick Ching, has published a book of healing poetry, From the Master’s Heart, and filled it with vivid illustrations by her son. At the end she mentions, as most mothers are wont to do, how amazed she is by her little boy: “Patrick was an A student in elementary school, then became a wild teenager,” she writes. “Who would have thought that this boy who had gotten so out of control would someday be a forest ranger and own his own at gallery?“You can check out Norma’s book at http://www.xlibris.com ...


 

Kahaluu’s Robert Braunthal brings 20 years of experience to RevoluSun, where he’s the new residential construction manager of the solar electric and hot water systems firm. Robert also owns One Palm Woodworks, which makes high-end custom doors and cabinets, and he belongs to Anuenue Outrigger Canoe Club ... MidWeek‘s own Bob Hogue (who recently moved from Kailua to town) has written Sands of Lanikai, an action thriller/romance about coming of age. It starts with a mysterious spy in Kailua bay just prior to Dec. 7, 1941. Bob even introduces a Kailua policeman named Jack Burns. Island Heritage will have it ready next month ...

Stephanie McGuire

Members of the pilots’ union at Hawaiian Airlines helped build a Habitat House for Pualani Ne and family recently in Waimanalo. Their job was framing and roofing, which got them off the ground, so they must have felt right at home ... Kailua writer Mary Lombard‘s piece, Guts Up, will be read during the live taping of HPR’s Aloha Shorts program at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at Atherton Studio in Honolulu (955-8821). Mary’s work will be published in the upcoming Bamboo Ridge No. 94 ...

Kailua insurance executive Stephanie McGuire has been promoted to assistant vice president with King & Neel Inc., based on “her strong drive and work ethic,” according to president Wesley Uemoto ... The National Indie Excellence Awards honored The Survivor Spirit: The Beauty, Passion & Power of Breast Cancer Survivors took first for Women’s Issues, second for Editor’s Choice and was a finalist in Non-fiction Anthologies. Take a bow, author Cynthia Derosier of Kailua and photographer James Anshutz of Kaneohe ...


Tickets are selling now at the Hawaii Theatre box office for Jack Johnson‘s concert and documentary screening Nov. 13-14. Proceeds go to Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which is sprouting gardens and healthy eating lessons at several Windward schools. The En Concert film of Jack’s latest world tour starts at 8, following by a full acoustic treat from Jack and Zach Gill

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