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Carol Chang
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March 24, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Jill Ward

With the assistance of Kaneohe teen Chelsea Morris, Gov. Linda Lingle declared March 14-20 to be “Healthy Kids and Teen Week.” The proclamation was initiated by the Punahou student as part of her senior project to raise awareness about childhood obesity. And she’s serious about it. Last year Chelsea was the state’s finalist to a national Young Epidemiology Scholars competition in Washington, D.C. Her project? Native Hawaiian Adolescents: Contrasting Ethnic Groups as a Predictor of Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and Future Cardiovascular Disease ...

Kalaheo students, meanwhile, are helping people who don’t have an obesity problem. Through Hoops for Haiti, three school clubs recently raised more than $800 for the American Red Cross/Haiti Relief ... Former nursery intensive-care nurse Cori Hamilton has been named Top Broker for February by the Re/MAX Kai Lani office in Kailua; Cori also was honored for her support of Children’s Miracle Network ...

Congratulations to the Kahuku Boys and the Parkside Girls (Laie) teams who both triumphed at the Adult Friends for Youth Aloha Youth 7’s Rugby tournament, held recently at Kapiolani Park. They stood out from a field of 200 players at the annual goodwill games ...


Kailua resident Jill Ward has shifted from one college athletic department to another. Now the associate athletic director (for compliance) and senior woman administrator at Chaminade, Jill previously was AD and compliance officer at HPU. As Chaminade’s AD Bill Villa says, “We definitely feel blessed to have her with us.” Jill also worked in similar posts at Northwestern and Loyola and for the NCAA. She’s an attorney with a masters in philosophy and medical ethics, too ...

CPAC director Karen Meyer, who hadn’t been on stage herself in 15 years, has just come off of a successful run of MVT’s The Dixie Swim Club, where the Kaneohe resident played a 44-year-old pregnant ex-nun with a Southern accent. “We had such a blast!” she declares. Now on with the show 13 in Ron Bright Theatre (see calendar) ...

Marines and sailors are thriving at Kahuna’s Sports Bar and Grill on the Marine base. One obvious reason is their new manager Jim Hamachek, who just won the 2010 Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award as one of the top new professionals in the Marine Corps. Jim previously worked at Auntie Pasto’s and Dixie Grill, so he knows good food and good times ... Speaking of good food and good times, here’s a tax tip for you: Want to see how your city property tax dollars can work for you personally, right away? Have self-censored City Councilman Rod Tam take you to lunch ...

Seen on the shoulder of Kahekili Highway last Friday morning: A young man carrying a huge, heavy wooden cross - followed by a companion checking his cell phone

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