Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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September 15, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Ned Busch

Kailua’s C. Dudley Pratt was inducted into the Boy Scouts of America National Hall of Leadership recently for “making a significant difference in the life of another” by his extraordinary service to scouting. Aloha Council CEO Rick Burr says Dudley has a lifelong passion for scouting and is largely responsible for expanding the program to Micronesia and Polynesia ...

Choreographers have a busy life. Take Windward resident Marcelo Pacleb, for example. He arranges routines for the UH Rainbow Dancers and also serves as choreographer and assists with costumes and hairstyles for the cast of Once on This Island, now playing at Paliku Theatre (235-7310) ... Mediation expert Ned Busch shares tips with Kaneohe Business Group at its Sept. 22 lunch at Pohai Nani. Need advice on conflict in the workplace?

Call Joel Kurosaki for reservations at 520-1565 ... Auwe! Nancy Usui‘s story was in the August Honolulu magazine, not September, as mentioned last week ... Help Windward’s drug rehab center by joining the Hina Mauka Recovery Walk & Dry Run, plus volleyball, this Saturday at Kapiolani Park. Greg Tjapkes has details at 447-5261 ...

Kathryn Takara

I just checked out the goakamai.org website. Pretty cool photos of real-time traffic all over the island. Well, not really pretty, but easy to check without having to be in it ... Castle High student Natalie Jolly Uehara will be a featured lead in Diamond Head Theatre’s Crazy for You musical, opening Sept. 24 (733-0274) ...

Retired professor and Kaaawa poet Kathryn Waddell Takara will receive an American Book Award Sunday in San Francisco from the Before Columbus Foundation, which honors “literary excellence without limitation or restrictions” as voted on by other writers. She is one of 13 so honored this year for her work, Pacific Raven: Hawai’i Poems, published by Pacific Raven Press, for which she is one of the publishers.

The daughter of the late Buffalo Soldier and pioneer black veterinarian William Waddell, Kathryn has shared her poetry with a worldwide audience as well as teaching ethnic studies, African American politics and more at UH Manoa, Tourmalines: Beyond the Ebony Portal is her latest book

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