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Carol Chang
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June 02, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Allison Martin

A Kaneohe transplant has won first place at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition for her TV series on Life Interrupted: The Battle Against Addiction. Allison Martin (Castle 2003) focused her four-part series on the meth problem in Central Oregon, where she works for KOHD News as an anchor/reporter. The entry was honored as the top feature news story in 2009 among five states for its market size.

(The Bend police use parts of Allison’s documentary for lessons in the local schools.) A favorite teacher for her while at Castle was Dianne Lee, language arts ...

Aloha to longtime Castle High teacher and athletic coach Mark Kane. He retires this week after four decades with the DOE. “I will continue to coach in AYSO,” Mark vows, “helping introduce my grandchildren’s generation to the game of soccer” ...


New to First Friday at the Mendonca Building courtyard is Shayne Turner, a creator of jewelry, who will join the gang from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at 1126 Smith

Darrell Aoki

St. downtown (262-5930) ... A Waimanalo man who started his cooking career as a dishwasher at Zippy’s has just won “Holiday Chef of the Year.” Darrell Aoki is executive chef at Holiday Retirement Hawaii Kai, and he triumphed over 25 of the national chain’s top chefs this spring to claim the title. He oversees daily operations of the kitchen and directs all meal preparations there. Darrell’s advice to aspiring chefs? “Go to school and get a degree, always wash your hands, remember to taste the food you prepare, and treat food and people with respect, always” ...

Le Jardin Academy staff were busy all day on May 2. Assistant kayak and swim coach Katie Erwin successfully crossed the 43-mile Kaiwi Channel that day in the Steinlager Relay with her mom, Kathy Erwin, who is head kayaking coach and longtime P.E. teacher at the school (and Kailua Canoe Club head coach). LJA employees drove their escort boat, and juniors Taylor Hopkins and Derek Ruebenstahl also competed in the race ...

Anna Loengard

Kailua physician Anna Loengard is the new co-medical director of St. Francis Hospice. Anna is assistant clinical professor at UH medical school and is board-certified in palliative medicine, geriatrics and internal medicine ...

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. June 5 at Christ United Methodist Church in Makiki for former Parker United Methodist Church minister Rev. Samuel Lee, 94. The highly respected leader in the Korean American community was an advocate for our many ethnic groups though his Rainbow Ministry. He led the Kaneohe church from 1968 to ‘74 ...


Kaneohe’s Keith Holderbaum earned the Distinguished Service Award for Acute Care from the Healthcare Association of Hawaii at its May 21 banquet in Waikiki. Keith works at Castle Medical Center

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