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Carol Chang
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January 13, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Eleven Windward intermediate school students read their winning environmental pieces last month during a gathering of the Hawaii Conservation Alliance and the Pacific Writers Connection, sponsors of the annual My Hawaii Story project. Out of 380 entries, 25 poems and stories were selected for publication. From “our side” were Kailua Intermediate’s Moana Keaunui, Joanna Leung and Kiana Ringuette, and Le Jardin Academy’s Devon Franke, Robert Graper, Georgia Havens, Cheryl Kapahu, Logan Spencer, Kira Szabo, Erin Voss and Jasmine Ying ...

Boundless energy and a talent for rallying support have earned Castle High’s trophy-case project enough cash to build the final three display cases it needs to house all its proud hardware. Alumni parents Craig and Kathy Sakamoto have declared “mission accomplished” with $6,600 in the kitty, and plenty of mahalos to go around ... “We sold the heck out of it,” declared Tom Caprio of the success of Blue Water Shrimp’s Obama Combo (see page 1 photo). Now he’s mulling over ideas for plate-lunch specials named after Neil Abercrombie and Nancy Pelosi ...


Speaking of food, kamaaina (that’s us) can enjoy a dinner buffet and show for $25 through Jan. 30 for Polynesian Cultural Center’s Ha: Breath of Life. Get your tickets there by showing your local ID or call 293-3333 ... Farewell to former neighbors Ken and Joyce Libby of Kaneohe. They’re moving from Oahu island to Whidbey Island in Washington state this month, but will return regularly to work on video projects. Friends say Ken, an award-winning director of photography, was the first professional here to use an HD camera ... Also leaving: retired Hina Mauka CEO Andy Anderson and wife Patsi, heading for Hot Springs Villages, Arkansas ... Retirement ceremonies were held Sunday for Army Maj.

Brian Kane of Kailua, whose combat, security and intelligence career spanned 23 years and dozens of countries. Wife Heidi prefers the underwater life, however. She manages Dive Oahu on the Marine base ...

Hawaii Psychology Association honored A. Aukahi Austin last month with its Provision of Psychological Services to Rural Communities Award for exceptional work with patients at Waimanalo Health Center ... D and J Tonokawa found a bag in Pohakupu Park a week before Christmas. “It has one valuable item in it, and I’d like to get it and its contents back to its owner,” they say. Bag-less folks can e-mail me, and I’ll pass it along ...

Slack-key and ukulele artist Walt Keale makes his debut at Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton studio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (955-8821), joined by other musicians with Windward ties Bill Griffin, Chris Lau and Donald Kaulia. A nephew of the late Moe Keale, Walt commutes daily from Kailua to his job as a ranger at Kaena Point State Park and Natural Reserve ...

Getting lucky on the Sam Boyd casino slot machines in downtown Las Vegas recently were George Mimura of Kaneohe ($14,000), Glenn Kalima of Waimanalo ($10,000), Myrna Shimei of Kaneohe ($10,000), Joan O’Connell of Kailua ($5,833), Pat Sumimoto of Kaneohe ($5,000), Josol Ganina of Kaneohe ($4,320) and Franklin Kaahu of Kaneohe ($4,237)

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