Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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April 20, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Jennifer Sur

The new Cherry Blossom queen is Jennifer Lauren Aiko Sur, a 2002 graduate of Kailua High School with degrees in communications and speech from UH. She teaches speech classes at Leeward Community College. Chosen two short weeks after Japan’s multiple disasters, Jennifer, her court and pageant sponsors also collected origami cranes and donations to send to Japan ...

Some folks love Lillian Cunningham‘s WCC writing retreats so much, they write books about it. That’s what Cornelia DeDona did with her just-published anthology Saturdays with Lillian. Check out how it works yourself this Saturday (see calendar) ... Local publisher Lynne Madden and Queen’s Health Systems CEO Art Ushijima, both of Kailua, will be honored April 29 by the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation as distinguished public school graduates ...


My award (and other Kahekili Highway commuters would agree) goes to Herman Perreira of Ahuimanu. He does a 12-mile walk on the highway every weekday morning, always carrying a trash bag and filling it up going and coming. Mahalo, Herman ... On view this month at the state capitol, chamber level: Artwork by students from

Kirstin Kerbox

Kailua High, Kailua Intermediate and Olomana schools ... Kirstin Kerbox has returned from Maui to her native Kailua to join At Home Hawaii as a real estate agent ... If you’re 25 or older, WCC counselor Carla Rogers invites you an adult learners’ open house at 6 tonight (April 20) in Hale Akoakoa 105 (235-7454) ...

Nick Vujicic‘s video message should inspire folks during New Hope Windward’s Easter services (see calendar). Nick was born without arms or legs, but he sure can talk - and people all over the world have responded to his story ...


Paliku Theatre was the site April 5 for many of the Islands’ top singers to gather and record Together Hawaii: A Song for Japan. Theater manager Tom Holowach called it “a fascinating process to watch.” To hear it, buy it and help Japan, go to the Mountain Apple Co. website ... Teddy Agullana (Castle 1990, UH 1995) has graduated for Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga.

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