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Carol Chang
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November 03, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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James Brewbaker

The Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian for 2010 is Kahuku singer/environmentalist Jack Johnson and his wife Kim, who have devoted the past seven years to “effecting change in their home state of Hawaii and worldwide through involvement in many social and environmental issues.”

Besides all the projects of Kokua Hawaii Foundation here, Jack’s lucrative music tours incorporate green practices on site, and he gives 100 percent of tour profits (via the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation and its All At Once campaign) to local and national groups who can make the world a better place. The couple will accept the honors Thursday in New York City ...

Kailua folks may not know it, but their neighbor James Brewbaker is one of the world’s foremost experts on plant breeding, especially corn and a legume (and feed crop) called leucaena. “Dr. B” recently won the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Plant Breeders.

The list of his accomplishments is long, as he and his 52 graduate students continue to find ways to improve plant seeds at UH Manoa ... Hawaii Job Corps’ Sydette “Midge” Fernandez has been named Support Services

Midge Fernandez

Staff of the Year for the Western Region of the federal Job Corps organization. Midge - a Kaneohe resident, Castle High grad, wife and mother - is administrative assistant at the Waimanalo center’s Academic & Career Training Department ... Ruth Moen, known in Waimanalo horse circles, is also a prolific and talented illustrator. Her latest effort is the colorful drawings in Lio the Carousel Horse, a book by her sister, Carol Moen Wing, from Beach House Publishing (375-6523) ...

Kailua artist Warren Stenberg has a show Nov. 3-19 at the Mezzanine Gallery at Linekona Art Center. You can meet him at the reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday ... Last chance to design the 2011 “I Love Kailua” T-shirt logo. Get your idea in to Cheryl McIlroy by Nov. 15 (262-0835) ...

HPR’s next set of Aloha Shorts readings begin at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at Atherton studio (955-8821) with Kaneohe’s Devon Nekoba reading works by Kailuan Bill Miyasato and others, and Kailua’s Paris Priore Kim doing stories by Sue Cowling and Nora Okja Keller


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