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Carol Chang
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September 29, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Eleonore Husted

Studying at Waimanalo’s Job Corps Center has turned out well for Eleonore Husted: She just earned certification as a Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist and for Customer Service from National Retail Foundation. She also finished the Job Corps Office Administration curriculum, got her high school diploma and driver’s license, and landed a job with Huakai Properties. As business teacher Terry Silveria put it, “With Eleonore, we just opened the door and got out of the way” ...

Kailua native Aimee Vogelgesang has moved up to account executive at McNeil Wilson Communications. Aimee won recognition for promoting Polynesian Cultural Center’s Haunted Lagoon - and you can experience the 2010 version starting Friday, if you dare (293-3333) ... Congratulations to Puohala Elementary teacher Deborah Akiko Takafuji Yasuda, Windward District Teacher of the Year. Deborah will be honored Oct. 7 at Castle High when the BOE announces the state’s top teacher ...


Look for Kaneohe artist Kent West at First Friday (Oct. 1) downtown at Color Me Devine Showroom Gallery on Smith Street, where he sits in the window to create his tiny masterpieces. What is Kent’s medium, you ask? It’s called pysanky. “My canvasses are nature’s most sensuous canvas,” he says: “Empty duck, goose and ostrich egg shells.” The show runs through Dec. 2 (eggsactly.org) ...

Too bad we missed Castle High’s Worm Roundup (Sept. 27). Teacher Colleen Everett and gang collected and redistributed earthworms and their treasured leavings among teen vermicomposters ... From worms to birds. Le Jardin’s lower school keiki sang a special song and released 50 rainbow pigeons Sept. 21 for World Peace Day ...

Paliku Theatre’s Once on this Island is drawing praise from all over, including local opera singer Leon Williams and composer Roz Cattracchia. Leon, in fact, e-mailed his excitement to the musical’s composer Stephen Flaherty in New York, urging him to come see for himself. You Waha folks have only this weekend left to come enjoy it - and it’s much closer than NYC (235-7310) ...


The future Marine Corps will be in good hands on the basketball battlefield. Castle High’s JROTC team of Fa’a Lakatani, Troy Fuga, Olycon Finau and Tau Afuola took first place at the Adjutant General’s Cup 3 on 3 tournament at Punahou ... Go to the state farm fair, win a trip to Vegas. That’s what Kaneohe’s Steve Pataray did, courtesy of Vacations Hawaii

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