Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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January 27, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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A one-hour documentary on Waimanalo’s wiggly working worms has won an Award of Excellence in The Accolade Competition and was selected for the Green Lifestyle Film Festival in L.A. this spring. Honolulu filmmakers Al and Jayne Cloutier, who made local farmer Glenn Martinez into a star, will enjoy the “green carpet” treatment March 19-21 for their collaborative effort, Olomana Gardens Permaculture and Aquaponics ...

You can call Art Ushijima a Grassroots Champion now, and it’s not because of how many weeds he pulled from his Kailua yard. The American Hospital Association honored the Queen’s Health Systems CEO “for his role in developing health care policy for Hawaii” and much more ... Bonnie-Gae Valmoja-Kaleikini is a new member of Windward Community College’s chapter of the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Bonnie-Gae is a Kaneohe resident studying liberal arts ...

Navy Seaman Michael Nelson of Kaaawa is deployed aboard the USS De Wert, which is supporting counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Red Sea. Alas, not peaceful Pacific for this island boy for awhile. His dad Mike lives in Punaluu ... Phillip Tanton probably know where all those places are - without Google Earth. He’s Aikahi Elementary School’s newly declared 2010 Geography Bee champion ...

Uncle Mel Murata and his Keiki Palaka Band share the stage Friday night with Maunalua, Ho’okahiko, Keanu, Melelani and the Nickie Hines Band for the annual Hot Honu Nights in the Kailua Elementary School courtyard. Call first, ‘cause they’re probably sold out (266-7884) ... Speaking of music, Elina Wells (Erin Chang, Castle 1996)

sings at gigs in the L.A. area, and this Sunday she’ll be the opening act for Hawaii’s slack key genius Makana - in Hermosa Beach, Calif. She and her singer/songwriter husband Tyrone Wells also performed duets they’ve written together on the Rock Boat Cruise out of Florida this month. They were a big hit - so she told her mother! ...

Army Staff Sgt. Taylor Morel of Kailua has returned from Iraq to his 39th Military Police Co. based in Minden, La., where he’s a squad leader with 14 years of service ... Rachael Leah Freeman of Kailua made the fall dean’s list at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she’s majoring in human ecology ...

Not too far away, Keline Yoshimura of Kaneohe made the fall dean’s list at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. ... Brandon Long of Kailua and Rhianna Taniguchi of Kaneohe have graduated for Army National Guard basic training - Brandon at Fort Sill, Okla., and Rhianna at Fort Jackson, S.C. ...

Castle High grad Joel Montrone has earned his bachelor’s degree in communications and business at the University of Kansas in Lawrence


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