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Carol Chang
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April 28, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Colby Mira-Naeole

Thoracic surgeon Paul Morris of Kaneohe accepted the 2010 Ke Kauka Po’okela Outstanding Physician of the Year award last Friday at Queen’s Medical Center, where he’s chief of surgery. Chosen by Queen’s doctors and staff, Paul was honored for supporting the hospital’s mission to perpetuate the health of Hawaii’s people ...

Paliku Theatre manager Tom Holowach is happy with a $3,000 gift from UH Women’s Campus Club. Here come some exit curtains for the second floor ... Michael Kane, a Kailua High senior, created the prize-winning logo you saw everywhere at last weekend’s “I Love Kailua” party. An avid surfer, Michael’s design shows two palm trees embracing a sunrise over the Mokes. Noni Floyd is his art teacher ...

Colby Mira-Naeole (Kailua 2005) has graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... North Shore Jetski lifeguard Mark Dombroski has in his possession autographed Eddie Aikau posters for “Nate and his brother Kai.”


Believed to be from a Windward military family, Nate interviewed Mark for a class project months ago about the Big Wave rider, but never returned for his posters, and Mark doesn’t know how to locate him. Their dad’s name is Brian. If you’re reading this, Nate, call 623-3718 ...

Christian Adams

Christian Adams of Kailua has joined Carlsmith Ball as a senior associate in the law firm, concentrating on complex commercial and appellate litigation, crisis management, white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations. Stay on his good side, please ... Another Adams graduated from the six-week U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School in Alabama. So just call him Warrant Officer 1 Joshua Adams. Joshua (Kailua 1997) is a biomedical equipment specialist assigned to the Army’s medical center at Fort Lewis, Wash. ...

State Rep. Cynthia Thielen lobbied President Barack Obama in January on the matter of wave energy, and she was happy to hear him include it in a keynote speech last month on energy security at Andrews AFB ...

Patrick Branco

Patrick Branco, a Kailua resident and HPU graduate, has been picked for a Charles Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, which is a primer for a diplomatic career. Patrick will intern for a congressman working in foreign affairs and also in a U.S. embassy before completing his master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University. “I have a lifelong passion for history,” he says, “and my own Native Hawaiian heritage has instilled in me a deep appreciation for issues of culture, history and minority rights” ...

Hauula’s Jade Olszowka is president of the Hawaiian Club at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. You know what that means: She directed the college’s annual luau for 600 guests this month ... Deepest sympathy to the McDiarmid family on the April 15 passing of Hawaiian music producer and industry legend and longtime Kailua resident Donald McDiarmid Jr., 88

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