Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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January 26, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Livingston Wong

Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii has selected Dr. Livingston Wong of Kaneohe as a 2011 Living Treasure of Hawaii for his groundbreaking work on kidney and bone-marrow transplants and leadership in our statewide Emergency Management System. The mission honors five individuals each year who have “demonstrated excellence in their fields and who have made lifelong and significant contributions toward creating a more humane society without public recognition.” The awards luncheon is Feb. 5 at the Sheraton Waikiki ...

Kaneohe men Joe Graham and Billy Whitfield can thank Catholic Charities Hawaii for getting them together. Joe is a great-grandfather who doesn’t get out much, and Billy is a deacon at St. Ann’s parish who was looking for a way to help seniors. Joe’s CCH case manager Mari Fukuya matched them up, and they’ve developed a strong friendship over long talks about sports, their common military retirement and more. Want to be a companion? Call 527-4780 ...

Castle High’s Marine Corps JROTC cadets made a good showing Jan. 8 at the Radford Harbor Challenge. After plenty of push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, runs, throws, raft races and tug-of-wars, the team of Leona Kawelo, Pauline Gachalian, Kathryn Murdock and Shawn Nasu placed first in the mixed team division ...

Among the 16 hula troupes paying tribute to the late Aunty Sally Wood Naluai Jan. 15 at Polynesian Cultural Center were Hula Halau O Pua Loke (Mona Yamada) of Kaneohe, Napuananionapalionakoolau (Sunday Mariteragi) of Laie and Halau Hula O Kekela (Kekela Miller) of Laie ...

Former Windward Community College student, glamorous blonde Ashley Hobbs, was Playboy magazine’s December 2010 centerfold Playmate, which has launched a whirlwind of events and adventures on the Mainland for her. “When I’m gone,” the 21-year-old told WCC’s Ka ‘Ohana editor Allison Irving, “I really miss my dog and fiance” ...

State Rep. Jill Tokuda has lost her community liaison Kamakana Kaimuloa to U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa‘s office, but Kailua High graduate and resident Erin Conner has stepped up to the job ... Someone or some group hoisted a Hawaiian flag in distress (upside down) on the Heeia Elementary School flagpole, possibly the night of Jan. 15. It’s been taken down and stored, but principal Dwight Uetake would appreciate any tips about the incident (233-5677)


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