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Carol Chang
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June 16, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Rufino Dan Magliba

Waimanalo resident Rufino Dan Magliba joins another Dan - U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye - and his staff this month as a summer intern in hot, hot Washington, D.C. “I’m excited,” he told his college newspaper. “I can’t explain how excited I am.”

Rufino is a real joiner this year. The Kailua High 2005 graduate also was appointed by acclamation to fill a seat on Waimanalo Neighborhood Board in April, he’s a public administration major at UH West Oahu, and in his spare time he’s earning his disaster preparedness and emergency management certification ...

Kailua’s Luisa Fitzgerald made the spring dean’s list at Southwestern College, a small United Methodist Church school in Winfield, Kansas ... Sarah Low and Ryan Renio of Kaneohe also made the spring dean’s list at Washington State University in Pullman ... Richard Saunders, who grew up in Kailua, is the new sophomore religion teacher at St. Francis School.


Challenges Richard faces, besides a roomful of questioning teens, are: a possible call-up with the Navy and a three-year-old diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Richard’s motto, which he shares in the school newsletter, is “Never say never and never give up. Everything is possible” ...

Kiana Ahovelo

Someone else who never gave up: Aloha, Charlie Wedemeyer, may you rest in peace. The star athlete from Kailua died June 3 after a 33-year struggle with Lou Gehrig‘s disease. But Charlie and his wife, the former Lucy Dangler, never called it a struggle. It was a blessing that allowed them to share their faith and love of life with people all over America and Europe. Kaneohe filmmaker Don Mapes documented 10 years of that amazing journey in The Courage to Live: A Message of Love and Hope in 2000 ...

Good news, or the absence of bad news: Our libraries will have no furlough days in June or July ... Kiana Ahovelo will have no time for furloughs anyway. The 12-year-old Waimanalo singer just performed, again, at Staten Island Irish Fest and has launched a seven-city tour to promote her CD and supplement tuition fees at Interlochen Music Arts Camp in Michigan this summer ...

Come see St. John Vianney student poet Danielle Ho‘s winning BWS Water Conservation contest entry June 21-July 2 at Windward Mall

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