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Carol Chang
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November 10, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Bob Boyle

When Benchmark-Turtle Bay CEO Bob Boyle died suddenly on Sept. 17, it stunned everyone, including the folks at Kahuku Library, which Bob supported enthusiastically. “It was all about his tenacity in helping us get our wheels on the road,” says head librarian Fran Cor-coran. “Without the Turtle Bay money, the donations couldn’t have turned a touring bus into a bookmobile, or kept it on the road with gas and maintenance fees.” It’s chugging along with about $10,000 more for the bookmobile fund that came from Bob’s employees in his memory ...

Congratulations to four of Longs Drugs’ $1,000 scholarship winners: Melody Kanda of Castle High, Nalia

Tafua of Kahuku, Jared Iha of Kailua and Reisa Inosanto of Kalaheo ... Kaneohe’s Melissa Hashimoto (Koolau Baptist 2010) has enrolled at Concordia University in Portland, Ore., where she is the recipient of a $5,000 University Award scholarship ...

Former Kailuan Barbara Higbie is back in Hawaii for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at HPR’s Atherton studio. The nationally known singer songwriter joins Louise Taylor and the Kailua-based Saloon Pilots for some great original stuff (955-8821) ...

Barbara Higbie

Chocolate must be the way to go. Melanie Boudar, whose Sweet Paradise Chocolatier was Kailua Chamber of Commerce’s best new business in 2009, is relocating her production kitchen from the Big Island to Lahaina, and she’ll open another retail shop in Wailea before Christmas. The Kainehe Street shop, meanwhile, still carries boxed treats like Coconut Curry, Wasabe Ginger Sesame and about 40 other flavors ...

Kalaheo quarterback Justin Pagan just “scored” in the classroom by being named to the National Society of High School Scholars for his academic excellence ...

Speaking of Mustangs, Kalaheo High librarian Martha Robertson (44 years) and vice principal Karen Kanda (40 years) threw their own retirement party in May on campus, inviting all teachers and staff. Guests donated $3,000 (in lieu of leis) to Kalaheo Foundation. The women joined the school when it was called Kalaheo Hillside Intermediate. See the foundation newsletter (which Martha still puts out) for more interesting tidbits (kalaheofoundation.org)

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