Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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September 08, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Evan Matsushima

A Kaneohe social worker has earned the Employee of the Year award from the state Department of Health for his quality case management for individuals with developmental disabilities. As a unit supervisor faced with budget and job cuts, Evan Matsushima brainstormed with staff and built a new team to better manage client services. Go, Evan! ...

Are your board games gathering dust on a back shelf? Nearly every school needs some. Call Community Helping Schools at 263-6703 ... Two prominent local entertainers helping Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind are Melveen Leed of Kaneohe and Mihana Souza of Kailua.

Melveen headlines the benefit concert (see MidWeek cover story) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawaii Theatre, and Mihana performs the opening oli (528-0506) ... Ahuimanu’s Nancy Long-Usui has learned much about her roots in the Chinese Pearl River delta as well as her native Toisanese language, and she writes about it (in English) in September’s Honolulu magazine.

Nancy Long-Usui

In Sounds Like Home (her first published article), she also mentions hearing Toisanese spoken by servers at New Mui Kwai restaurant in Kaneohe ...

The state libraries’ most-borrowed items by category in August: Sizzling Sixteen, novel by Janet Evanovich; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl DVD; and Keola and Kapono Beamer‘s Honolulu City Lights CD ... Legend of the Flying Foxes: 2nd Lt. Derek Fox, home-schooled in Kahaluu and an Angelo State U. AFROTC graduate, earned his pilot’s wings and is now training to fly the AC-130 Spectre Gunship.

Derek Fox

His dad Dean is an Air Force colonel here, and Dean’s father was a fighter pilot in Vietnam ... Kailua historian and archaeologist Paul Brennan digs into his 50th college reunion this summer in Indiana, where he and fellow members of the old Taylor University Crusaders Quartet will clear their throats and give three concerts at the festivities ...

Two Kailuans on the spring dean’s list: Anna Meserve at Clark University in Massachusetts, and Amy Fisk at DePaul University in Chicago


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