Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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June 22, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Carol Shimada

Three musical Kailua boys, known as Move Minor Standard, take off Sunday for a three-week concert tour of Boys & Girls Clubs and other venues in California. Members of Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, they are Connor Purrington (Kalaheo 2011) and home-schooled brothers Isaiah, 18 (WCC student), and Micah Souza, 15. They must be good because neighbors Gordon and Valerie Wong have heard them practice from day one and keep asking for more. They’re even funding the tour! The boys will be sharing their self-written, self-produced debut CD, made with expert advice from Justin Mynatt of Grapefruit ...

Quarters at Kaneohe Marine base that once housed President Dwight Eisenhower have won Historic Hawaii Foundation’s Preservation Honor Award. Not only is the 70-year-old home (now the commanding officer’s house) very well-preserved, it recently was retrofitted to be a net zero energy home ...


Carol Shimada, 83, worked almost that long for the Marines (66 years). A celebration of her life was held last week at the base chapel for the Kaneohe woman, the Corps’ longest-working federal employee. Carol was still the base’s civilian payroll supervisor at the time of her death May 24. (She had accrued 6,387 hours of sick leave, but took it only twice) ...

David Maedonochi

Kalaheo High’s Danielle Ferguson won a $2,500 scholarship from McDonald’s Hawaii. Danielle, who works at the Marine base restaurant, was selected for her academics, public service and job performance ... David Maedonochi (Kahuku 2009) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ...

Kaneohe artist Pati O’Neal has two paintings in the American Society of Aviation Artists International Aerospace Art Exhibition this summer in Pensacola, Fla. One of them, Afternoon Delights, took second place in its category ...


Good news for pets. Ahuimanu Elementary and Kamehameha Schools graduate Malia Paresa has earned her biological sciences degree, cum laude, at USC and now enters Colorado State’s veterinary medicine program ... Thirsty folks are rejoicing: Kailua District Park finally has a working water fountain, after six years of waiting

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