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Carol Chang
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May 05, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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The Women’s Community Correctional Center chaplain, Bonnie Holcomb, is one of five Hawaii recipients of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, which she’ll accept next month in Washington, D.C. Bonnie is being honored for her exceptionally effective prison ministry, Total Life Recovery Program, which she developed here and has shared at other prisons and at national conferences ...

Ahuimanu Elementary students in Mr. Duarte‘s class (teachers don’t have first names, you know) received a letter from Mr. Obama this semester, responding to why they think education is important. The president told them “You have a role to play in shaping the future. I encourage you to work had and dedicate your energy, talent and creativity to improving your community and our country” ...


Congratulations to Boston Marathon finishers Blandon Picl and Jo Cinter of Kaneohe and Gay Murakami of Kailua ... Look for Kailua actor Bobby Silva Jr. in the upcoming Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz movie, Knight and Day. He plays a bad guy in a car chase and he fires a machine gun at Tom’s car! (unless it’s cut, of course)

... Jeremy Lum of Kaneohe has graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... You can meet Windward folks Bert Wong Jr., Alida Farlaino, Jules and Otis Schaper and other talents in the Mendonca Building courtyard from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday during downtown Honolulu’s First Friday party.

Alexis Kane

Lanikai residents JoDee and Ernie Hunt, who own the Smith Street building, have added 10 new artist studio lifts upstairs, and you can check those, too (262-5930) ... Kaneohe artist Bob Butts has won the People’s Choice award at the annual juried Hawaii Woodshow for his olive and bamboo cabinet, Olive

Kumulipo. “I wanted to show as much of the wood as possible without interruptions, such as handles or knobs,” Bob says ... Puohala Elementary principal Alexis Kane was honored at a luncheon April 25 as the Windward District’s nominee for National Distinguished Principal, along with nominees from the DOE’s six other school districts. Puohala’s ohana crowned Alexis “queen for a day” at the party ...

Audrey Ako (Castle 2005) has graduated from Army National Guard basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C ... Le Jardin Academy sophomore Samuel Spengler has won Hawaii’s 2010 VSA Playwright Discovery Call for Scripts. Sam’s play, Invalidation, will represent the state at a national competition in Washington, D.C. and be produced by The Actors Group (contest co-sponsor) here in June at the TAG Young Playwrights Festival ...


Congratulations to Shea Tatsumi, who has been elected president of the Knights Executive Board at Castle High School for next year, Shea also leads a town hall meeting on under-age drinking May 10 (see calendar) ...

Oregon State’s winter honor roll lists straight-A students Gina Lucas of Kaaawa and Hiilei Haru and Rachel Pavlis of Kaneohe. A 3.5 or better were earned by Kailua’s David Fink, Kiersten Kuwaye, Brittney Louis-Soares, Jo Ann Lozano, Wilder McAndrews and Jasmine Pahukula; and Kaneohe’s Allison Hirata, Marrissa Kaili-Frank and Kimberly Takata

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