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Carol Chang
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May 04, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Thuy Nguyen

A Kailua woman is principal investigator of a UH program that has just been awarded $24.8 million to fight childhood obesity in the Pacific region. Rachel Novotny, professor of human nutrition, food and animal sciences, leads the Children’s Health Living Program for Remote Underserved Minority Populations in the Pacific, which will use the funds to step up research ...

On a smaller budget, Ithaca College students Dana Arbaugh of Kailua and Shannon Sweet of Kaneohe presented their projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held recently on the New York college’s campus. Dana studied experiences of a music teacher, and Shannon offered her artwork ... Purdue University announced that Kaneohe’s Marie Kainoa Fialkowski “successfully defended her doctorate to focus on the dietary patterns of Pacific Northwest Tribal Nations” ...

Castle grad Erin Chang Wells released her fourth CD (and second solo effort) as “Elina” last month. Mesmerized is full of happy, original music, including one song, Lovely Day, which a British mattress company wants to use in a commercial (elinamusic.com) ...


Speaking of Changs, her brother, Kevin, and the Kupa’aina band played April 22 at the inaugural Indigenous Music Bash at Northern Arizona University (“Bash Your Head, Not the Earth”).

The event was on an outdoor stage, 35 degrees and 7,000 feet above sea level. And they were all wearing slippahs ... Kaneohe resident Thuy Nguyen, a senior at Sacred Hearts Academy, was on the school’s winning team at the national Read World Design Challenge last month in Washington, D.C. The girls won the prestigious Judge’s Award “for their charisma, creativity, sense of humor and the ability to connect the challenge with a real-life situation” in the engineering competition ...

Kaneohe resident Renee Tillotson‘s lifelong dream has come true: She recently opened the Still & Moving Center on Queen Street - complete with a chant by Kailua’s Mihana Souza. The two-story Kakaako facility offers all kinds of exercise and dance classes for every age (397-7678) ...


And Jessica Stare reports that her Kailua Road fitness center had a recent makeover with a new logo and shorter name: Harmony Pilates Studio & Wellness Center. “It makes it easier for customers to find us on the Web and remember us!” Jessica explains (263-0343)

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