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Carol Chang
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November 18, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Renee Nobriga

Surfrider Foundation honored Kaneohe artist Bill Braden last weekend with its Environmentally Friendly Local Company Award for Bill’s work to preserve the Islands’ beauty through his paintings and activism ... Darby Slick of Kailua, who has written hit songs with his sister-in-law Grace, will accompany Millicent Cummings in her HPR show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Atherton studio (955-8821). Darby also has penned his autobiography, Don’t You Want Somebody to Love, highlighting his experience with the Great Society band, travels in India and other adventures ...


Mosaic tile designs created by Leah Kilpatrick Rigg are now gracing Windward Mall’s new food court. Her work also softens the Hawaii Self-Storage building exterior in Kapahulu ... Speaking of food, if you haven’t amassed copies of Castle High’s 2010 cookbook yet, it’s on sale Saturday during the craft fair at Ben Parker Elementary School (see calendar) and at the CHS fair Dec. 6 ... Kahuku High 2002 graduate Renee Nobriga is the new Miss Hawaii USA, crowned Nov. 9 in Waikiki. Renee is a sales associate and model with the goal of running her own boutique and earning a communications degree ...

Stefanie Estes

Janine Oshiro of the WCC faculty has won the Editors’ Choice Award for poetry from Bamboo Ridge Press and will read her work during the press’ book launch at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at UH Campus Center Ballroom (626-1481) ... The first chairwoman of the Honolulu Police Commission, Olga Waterhouse, died Nov. 4 at the age of 91. A longtime Kailua resident and active Republican, Olga also volunteered with the Red Cross and Castle Medical Center, among other service groups ... A little girl at Kainalu

Elementary has grown up to land a lead role in a “Bollywood” movie. Now filming in New York and India is When Harry Tries to Marry, an independent romantic comedy co-starring the former Kailua keiki Stefanie Estes, who plays the love interest of an Indian chap who thought he wanted an arranged marriage. Stefanie also has her BFA from NYU and considerable experience in stage, film and TV work. Plus she’s pretty. Proud mom is Brett Alexander-Estes of Kailua ... Castle High grad Darren Shiroma now heads the L.A.-based United Airlines flight attendant union (1,600 members).

Darren Shiroma

Darren has chatted with Dr. Phil on his show, and done other interviews on hazards of the job ... Kaneohe artist Wayne Takazono is in Matchbox Plus, a miniature art show on view through Dec. 5 at Cedar Street Galleries in town ...

Kailua’s Dean Nelson wears many hats as founder of WildHorse Health Care and chiropractic service, professional dancer, author of Don’t Waste Pain and now a life coach, which takes him deeper into his patients’healing process. Of healthcare reform, he says: “If you’re caring for someone’s health, you want to see that person celebrate life, not simply live without a headache.” Further, there’s a gap in the system once a diagnosis is made: “While it may do well in prescribing chemo or radiation therapy, it’s less adept at dealing with the patient’s emotional free fall.” Want more? Call 342-3907

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