Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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September 22, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Winona Whitman

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has appointed a Kaneohe resident to the Council on Native American Employment and Training. As director of employment and training at Alu Like Inc., Winona Whitman also has received the Outstanding Grantee Award for the group’s summer work program in Hawaii for more than 1,000 native youths ...

Natalie Jolly Uehara is a dance teacher and director of Castle High’s DanceForce, not a student as reported in last week’s column. (She plays the favorite follies girl of impresario Bela Zangler in Crazy for You, opening Friday at Diamond Head Theatre)

... Windward reggae band Kolohe Kai will perform at the Augie T show at 8 p.m. Friday at Hawaii Theatre (528-0506) ... Alan Akina‘s Kahuku-based company, 101 Financial, made Inc. magazine’s 5,000 Fastest Growing List for 2010 of private companies in the U.S. (It’s No. 1,704 to be exact). The firm provides in-home finance education and counseling ...

Meala Faris Bishop is among 20 Hawaii artists honored recently at Washington Place for her contribution to the new Aulani Disney Resort at Ko Olina. Her former Kailua High art teacher Barbara Betts recalls proudly that Meala also won the Outstanding Art Student Award for the Class of 1972 ... Castle hospital’s wellness center now has a “seated massage therapy” program that gives you 15 minutes for $15 with licensed massage therapist Kelly Rasmussen. Call now to get your treat (263-5050) ...

Kaleena Yuen

New general manager of Kaneohe IHOP, a favorite stop for hungry servicemen, is Vinnie Espino, a Marine and veteran of the Iraq war ... Kaleena Yuen (Le Jardin 2006) has graduated cum laude from HPU with a bachelor’s degree in journalism ... C. Dudley Pratt Jr. (mentioned last week) was inducted posthumously into the Boy Scouts of America National Hall of Leadership this summer. The former visionary Hawaiian Electric Industries CEO died of cancer in May at his Kailua home ...

The pool-playing Van Ness Ohana from Kahaluu has returned from last month’s APA 8-Ball National Team Championships in Las Vegas with a respectable ranking of 257th out of 738 competitors. They won the trip by triumphing at the local playoffs at Hawaiian Brian’s.


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