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Carol Chang
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April 21, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Micah Mato

Musicians are uniting for another benefit concert for Janell and Darren Araki of Kaneohe. The show is from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Rumours, and tickets are $20 (233-9634). Janell, owner of Precision Sound - a backbone for island music gigs - has a rare, incurable disease, calciphylaxis, and her husband is recovering from a stroke, so the bills keep mounting.

There’s a raffle, silent auction and plenty of good music from Holunape, Pali, A Touch of Gold, The Gregg Hammer Band and Mel Fausto and the Elements. Emcees are Mento Mele and Tony Silva ... Want to make your own glass ornament? Geoff Lee of Island Glassworks will show you how at his Hamakua Drive studio on Sunday - just a block or two from the “I Love Kailua” party (263-4527)

Micah Mato of Kaneohe has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Artist Hilton Alves is at it again, this time executing a massive, three-story mural for Earth Day at Kahuku High School, where dolphins and big vibrant blue waves abound. It faces the football field and district park for all to enjoy. Check it out ...

John McComas

Gardens are sprouting everywhere, one of them in Ahuimanu Elementary’s courtyard. Teacher Emily Vergara says keiki and staff got help from Kahaluu Lions Club (mulch) and technical assistance from the cemetery next door. Maintenance man Ben Bugeron and his Valley of the Temples crew sure know their dirt. “We made three thank-you baskets for Ben’s crew,” Emily says, “full of snacks and notes from the students.” Ben also invited the kids to visit the temple ...

Kaneohe man John McComas accepted the Organizational Leadership Award from the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations recently in Washington, D.C. John is CEO of AlohaCare ... Also taking care, William and Amber Aduja helped raise $500 from a recent Lokahi Giving Project “fish-net” campaign, and KHON2 honored them on its Morning Show last week. The Kaneohe siblings gave the money to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief. You can help them raise more this Saturday at Windward City (see calendar) ...

Steven Hochart

James Springer (Kailua 2007) attends George Washington University in D.C., but the junior currently is off on a tall ship in the Caribbean for a SEA semester to test out his research project. First, however, he had to study on shore at Woods Hole, Mass. for six weeks ... Steven Hochart of Kailua is now technology services director for Group 70 International, after helping a diverse group of clients for 13 years. Steve can speak GIS (Enterprise Geographic Information Systems and AMS (Asset Management Systems)

... Kaneohe Elementary’s Misha Chun placed first for “Persuasive” in an essay and poster contest celebrating Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It’s all part of the annual Nene Award Ceremony April 29 at Kamehameha Schools, where isle children honor their favorite book of 2010

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