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Carol Chang
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December 16, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Amber Aduja

Looking for work and advice on how to get hired (or create your own job)? Tune in to Career Changers TV at 7 p.m. Thursday on ‘Olelo channel 16 (or 96 or 1016) to see what Rich Figel has co-produced with his Kailua neighbor Ron Darby. “These are tough times for a lot of folks, unfortunately,” Rich says. “That’s actually why I created the show - my screenplays weren’t selling and my freelance writing work dried up to budget cutbacks.” Rich also credits Heald College and Chaminade for sponsoring the first show (which will repeat six times).


For more details, check out http://www.careerchangers.tv ... Another sign of the times. During a brainstorming session about fundraisers (what else?) this fall, parents at a Windward elementary school suggested washing windshields instead of “whole cars” ... Time to bow to new Kaneohe royalty. Amber Naneo Aduja, a 10-year-old honors student at St. Ann’s School, was crowned National American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Queen in Disneyland during Thanksgiving week. She also topped the competition in her speech, interview, formal wear modeling and community involvement ...

Skyla Featheran

Kailua author Fred Barnett will share parts (not body parts) of his latest book, Shark Stories, at noon Saturday at the state library (586-3490) ... Bess Press throws a party from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday for its new book, Buss Laugh: Stand Up Poetry from Hawai’i, at 3565 Harding Ave. You can meet the editor Lee “Da Pidgin Guerrilla” Tonouchi and the poets, including several with Windward ties: Kawika Calizar, Laura Lili’u Eckart Tomasello, Vito Higgins and Kalei Wodehouse (734-7159, ext. 11) ...

Kaneohe’s Toni Martin, director of WCC’s Gallery ‘Iolani, is no slouch as an artist herself. She took Best in Show at the Pastel Artists of Hawaii 2009 Open Exhibition, which runs through Christmas Day at Mezzanine Gallery at Pauahi Tower (545-7500)

... 24-VII Danceforce and Castle High alumni Cara Horibe and Mark Kanemura perform (in shades) with Janet Jackson in her latest video, Make Me ... Skyla Featheran (Castle 2008) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Joining the Hawaii Theatre Center’s Education Advisory Committee (i.e. how do we reach out to more people and find more money?) are Kailua’s award-winning stage experts Joyce Maltby and Tony Pisculli. Go, guys. The Islands’ performing arts world needs to pick your brains now more than ever

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