Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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January 12, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Jenny Bensman

Kaneohe resident Jenny Bensman is one of three local athletes picked to participate in the Special Olympics World Games next summer in Athens, Greece. A veteran of 15 years in SO, Jenny is a competitive swimmer with more than 100 medals to her credit ...

Congratulations to Vince Bastatas, recently appointed head custodian at Kailua High after nearly 15 years of helping keep the school clean (and Kalaheo before that). According to the Surfrider newsletter, Vince can fix anything ... Polynesian Cultural Center has added cooking demonstrations to its visitor menu. Starting this Saturday, PCC marketing director Raymond Magalei says the park will offer demos on luau-type fare twice a day ...

Kent Anderson left the Kailua-based Family Promise executive director job Nov. 1 after five years to develop affordable housing projects for the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu - a challenging position with a similar goal of finding homes for needy island families ...

Lauriann Broad of Kaneohe received her Navy captain’s pin Jan. 2 in ceremonies at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, at the graveside of her father, Sgt. Major Vernon Broad. Her cousin, Col. Edward Chun Fat of Maunawili, administered the oath. Lauriann is a nurse practitioner with Veterans Affairs here ...

Lauriann Broad

Kyle Tokushige is looking for reliable delivery folks, as Hawaii Meals on Wheels expands its Windward routes “to meet increased demand” for the weekday meal service to homebound clients (988-6747) ... Kellie-Ann Michiko Goya of Kailua received her BS in chemistry last month from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley ...

Kailua’s Yvonne McDermott topped the lucky list recently for downtown Las Vegas slot players. She won $37,705 at the California Hotel, and Kailua’s perennial winner Joan O’Connell won $15,540. Others to envy are Kailua’s Hazel Tando, $6,607; Waimanalo’s Matthew Pakelo-Chang, $5,247; Kailua’s Goldie Tom, $4,000 ...

Oregon State U. has a bumper crop of local scholars on the fall honor roll: Hauula’s Pasza Maiava-Pouvave, Kahuku’s Kayla-Maria Martin, Kailua’s Brittney Louis-Soares, Rion Wilson-Yue and Karli Shimote; Kaneohe’s Kimberly Takata (all A’s), Jennifer Kiyotoki and Chelsea Nakai

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