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December 09, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Paul Kamanu

Kaneohe’s Edwin Buck (of E.A. Buck Co.) is doing his 30th straight Honolulu Marathon this Sunday, and he says his chief motivation is fear - the fear of being unable to meet the challenge and to look old age squarely in the face and say that he’s conquered another marathon. Best advice from this tax planner and fitness buff: Achieve a balance among the physical, financial and spiritual areas of your life. Another tip, gleaned from his first race in 1980: Don’t take brewer’s yeast by mistake the night before the race ...

Windward folks who shared their talent last week at the Mendonca Building courtyard for First Friday were Angela Mathieu, Sonya Napoleon, Shayne Turner, Erin Hannah, Heather Titus and Fred Gayagas (262-5930) ... Grace Redemption Ministries pastor Paul Kamanu, a Kahuku High grad and former tour guide, led a congregation of about 100 members each week at Kokokahi YWCA. But Paul also took his humanitarian outreach to 22 nations, preaching, teaching and mentoring. He worked at KAIM in the 1980s and ministered to prisoners and the homeless. Paul died Nov. 25 and age 55, and services are at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday at Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist Church (234-0231) ...

Maureen McCormick

Can’t get enough of the caroling sound? Go to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation Web site and you’ll find a cool, mellow version of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer by Jack Johnson ... Not only that, Kaneohe’s own Teresa Bright has a new CD out, A Bright Christmas. Holiday classics with a touch of soul, mixed in with other Windward talents like Del Beazley and Manu Boyd ...Do you realize that 2009 is the 40th anniversary of The Brady Bunch TV series? Well, Maureen McCormick (aka Marcia Brady) is on Oahu this month to support her favorite charity, Best Buddies Hawaii, and she’ll be at Borders Windward Mall at noon Sunday to autograph her book, Here’s the Story. Proceeds go to Best Buddies Hawaii, which links college students to youths with mental disabilities for friendship and support ...

David Simons of Kailua has been named 2010 Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year by Honolulu Best Lawyers, based on extensive peer review surveys and his 31-year record of multimillion-dollar decisions for employers. David studied law at Harvard ... Jeff Bookman, coach of the Chelsea Soccer Club in England, spent last week training future soccer stars at Le Jardin Academy. Jeff helped establish the David Beckham Academy in London and developed the Web site “Inside Soccer” ... Leo Domingo (Kailua 2003) graduated from Army Reserve basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. ...

David Simons

Raymond Ellison (Le Jardin Academy 2006) and Matthew Vitart (Koolau Baptist Academy 2002, Mississippi State 2006) have competed Army ROTC leadership training at Fort Lewis, Wash. ... M.E. Reich of Kailua has collaborated with Oahu singer Anita Hall and others to produce the song Kailua Christmas. To find out more, look it up at http://www.kailuachristmas.com

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