Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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November 04, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Brooke Alexander

We haven’t heard the last word from Kailua author Ian MacMillan, who died of pancreatic cancer last December. Mutual Publishing has released his final novel, Bone Hook, posthumously, and it’s what they call an engaging mystery and whodunit page-turner - set in Kailua, of course. Ian was an award-winning writer of seven novels and five short-story collections ...


Martine Aceves-Foster of Pohakupu displays her exquisite flower photos in the Mendonca Building courtyard on First Friday (Nov. 6) in Chinatown (262-5930) ... Kailua girl Brooke Alexander left Hawaii nearly 30 years ago wearing the 1981 Miss World-America crown, which led to a very successful TV and modeling career in New York. Though she claims that 40-ish beauties get less work, Brooke has picked up some treasured new roles as mother to 5-year-old Jace and wife - as of Sept. 26 - to Croatian tennis pro Marko Zelenovic. Their wedding was detailed in the New York Times society pages, but only Waha Nui got this scoop: Brooke’s dusting off her tennis racket after a 25-year lapse to learn the latest backhand techniques from Marko - “and I still have a killer 15-foot jump shot,” she says, from her basketball days in the Islands ...

B.K. Cannon

Juliet Lighter, the 2002 Miss Hawaii USA from Kaneohe, probably likes this title even more: 2009 Outstanding Advocate for Children and Youth. The state Legislature’s Keiki Caucus honored her last week for her tireless campaign to educate youths on preventing domestic violence ...

Flight officer Joshua Caldwell, his wife and three children were named Navy Family of the Year by the National Military Family Association. “It’s non-stop laughing, all the time,” Joshua told Hawaii Marine. The Caldwells, who live in Kailua, also earned a free trip to Washington, D.C., last week to compete with families from other armed services branches for the ultimate Military Family title ... Latest feather in the cap of Kailua actress B.K. Cannon: She had a role last week in an episode of the new TV drama series Lie to Me, playing “a very troubled teenager.” In real life, B.K. is a full-time college student in L.A. ...


If people were mourning Frances Peoples, who died Oct. 15 at age 91, you would-n’t know it at her Oct. 31 funeral. They came in Halloween costumes as a tribute to her love of life. Frances spent her retirement helping Kailua, worked as a senior intern for U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka, headed the Kailua Seniors Club, and was named Female Senior Citizen of the Year. St. Anthony’s Church and Kainalu Elementary, among many others, also knew her generous spirit

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