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Carol Chang
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January 20, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Selena Yue Qui

Adventurous Kailua fitness trainer, masseuse and raw food chef Deena Bright, 30, has quit her job and put her belongings in storage so she can dive into the cold powdery snow in the Rocky Mountains. She made one of three winning videos for a “Snow at First Sight” contest, earning a three-month romp in the cold stuff, courtesy of the Colorado Tourism Office. The fun started last week, and you can check Deena out at http://www.youtube.com/visitcolorado ...

Kailua photographer Stephanie Thibaudeau (who also paints) will have her amazing photos on view and for sale at Waialua Library’s two-month-long exhibit starting Feb. 4 (637-8286). You’re all invited. A strong supporter of Malama Na Honu, Stephanie also has displays her vibrant creations at Fresh Ink in Windward Mall ... Kailua resident Jane Marcum, leader of the Hawaii Post Polio Network, has plenty to share after attending the network’s 20th anniversary luncheon (as a speaker) in Perth, Australia. Wanna know more? Call her at 261-8752 ...

Bonnie S.L. Von

Another Jane in the news. Congratulations to Jane Sawyer of Kaneohe, who has officially replaced her Kailua boss Andrew Poepoe as director of the Hawaii district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. (Andrew retired last year.) Jane will oversee all activities of the local SBA and be small businesses’ best advocate here as well as on Guam, American Samoa and other Pacific islands ...

Congratulations also to Selena Yue Qiu of Kailua, who was named first princess on the Narcissus Festival court Jan. 9. The honor comes with a goodwill tour of China. Selena is a marine science student at HPU. Former Kahuku resident and BYU student Bonnie Siu Lin Von is fourth princess on the court ... It’s not too late to watch Windward actors Holly Holowach, Suzanne Green, Bree Bumatai, Karen Meyer and Stefanie Anderson in Manoa Valley Theatre’s The Dixie Swim Club, playing now through Jan. 31 (988-6131) ... Kailua’s versatile Makana Risser Chai (comedian, masseuse, CEO, attorney) keeps up with the times.

David Wu

Now a certified change consultant, she’ll address the Jan. 28 luncheon of the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals at Hawaii Prince Hotel (537-2356) ... David Wu of Kaneohe is now assistant superintendent for the DOE Office of Information Technology Services and the department’s chief information officer. The BOE appointed him Jan. 7. David was previously in systems development for Hawaiian Airlines and at several high tech firms in the Bay Area ...

Oregon State has plenty of Windward scholars on its fall honor roll: Pasza Maiava-Pouvave of Hauula, Kiersten Kuwaya and Christopher Lee of Kailua; Allison Hirata, Kapua Hussey, Marcus Joy, Nicholas Keliipuleole and Rachel Pavlis of Kaneohe; and straight-A students Brittney Louis-Soares and Hannah Smith of Kailua; Hi’ilei Haru and Marrissa Kaili-Frank of Kaneohe

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