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Carol Chang
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February 23, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Tomi Kobara

You never know who you might run into on Kailua beach. Take Lanikai artist Tomi Kobara. She’s now a cover girl. The February issue of American Artist magazine put her 1977 painting Elizabeth on the front and ran an inside story on her award-winning expressionist technique. Now in her 80s but going strong, Tomi walks the beach regularly with friends between her prolific painting sessions. Her inclination to paint began as a teen, when she was confined to an internment camp in Arizona with her parents and nine siblings. “She’s a dynamic little woman,” declares fellow beach walker Fred Davis ...

Kaneohe’s Malia Chow is the new superintendent of a critical territory that spans 1,370 square miles, created to protect the planet’s largest mammals. In other words, she oversees NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Malia has her doctorate in tiny things (cellular biology), but she was a veteran of Papahanaumokuakea long before it got that name and is a planner and analyst for NOAA ...


Windy Keala McElroy has added three staffers to her Hauula-based archaeological consulting firm Keala Pono, including Kailua natives Kelly Uyeoka and Mina Elison. Mina also is vice president of Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club. Windy’s vision is to hire local folks who know and respect the land with potential as long-term stewards of cultural resources ... Sean Moses (Castle 2010) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ...

Sean Moses

TripAdvisor travelers and editors have voted Kualoa Ranch‘s one-hour Movie Sites and Ranch Tour No. 6 in their list of on-location film tours. No surprise there, with dozens of movies and TV shows flocking to the “backlot of Hawaii” ...

Seeking a cool, quiet spot for learning and doing? Kalaheo High librarian Sandra Kugisaki-Ongie needs help (254-7927) ... Renowned surf photographer Clark Little‘s beautiful new Haleiwa gallery was designed by Deb Mascia of Mu’umu’u Heaven in Kailua ...


Donald Carey was home last week to share his new novel Bumpy Landings at Kahuku Library. A graduate of Kahuku High and BYUH, Donald now lives in Texas where he created this “coming of age story about a young man who follows his dream of flight despite an overbearing mother”

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