Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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August 25, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Jonathan Gillentine

Pacific Islanders in Communications’ new film One Voice is being promoted on Hawaiian Airlines this month and next. It tells the story behind seven 2008 Kamehameha song contest leaders as they prepare for the prestigious event. Among the stressed and privileged few are Zachary Lum of Kahaluu, Kahala Rowe of Waimanalo and Nadia Le’i of Kahuku. Also watch for it Oct. 15 at Dole Cannery in the Hawaii International Film Festival (591-0059, ext. 12). Producer/director is Lisette Marie Flanary ...

Ben Parker Elementary pre-school inclusion teacher Jonathan Gillentine has won the 2010 Early Science Educator Award. National Science Teachers Association judges liked Jonathon’s hands-on lesson plans on irrigation systems for the children’s garden. This makes him a good role model when he wears his other hat - as chairman of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board ... Kahaluu Lions Club sold about 1,300 lau lau Aug. 14 (despite the mistaken price of “$3.50 for two” listed in the Islander calendar). It was still a bargain at two for $7. New club president of all things lau lau and lions is Agnes Tani ...

James Hong

Kailua carpenter Ian Chames puts down his hammer to play bass and backup vocals with The Strangers, performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at HPR’s Atherton studio (955-8821) ... Sunset Beach Elementary needs basketballs and playground balls for recess. Got ‘em? Call Community Helping Schools at 263-6703 ... Character actor James Hong (450 roles in TV and film) and his daughter April Hong did a workshop with Castle High School students last week while he was in town for Willie K‘s 50th State Film, Music and Martial Arts Festival. I remember him best as the rude Chinese restaurant host on episodes of TV’s Seinfeld ...

Timely events we couldn’t squeeze in elsewhere: Pacific American Foundation’s benefit at 5 p.m. Saturday at Koolau Golf Club (honoring Willis Motooka and Lea Albert), call Herb Lee, 263-0081; Manawale’a Riding Center’s ranch party, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, call Patti Silva, 352-1523; Bluegrass music and workshops, noon Saturday until 4 p.m. Monday at Ho’omaluhia, call Caroline Wright at 206-3459; Marines’ Osprey and other new helicopter plans, meetings at 5 p.m. Thursday at King school and Aug. 30 at Waimanalo Elem. & Inter. E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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