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Carol Chang
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August 10, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Byron Nease

As Paliku Theatre’s Phantom of the Opera looms closer to its Sept. 9 opening, Byron Nease dropped by the set at rehearsal time. A veteran of many touring shows of the play, both as Raoul and Phantom, Byron definitely brought the magic of the music with him. He engaged Lydia Pusateri (Christine) in a duet of All I Ask of You and then swept her off her feet, literally. The show features two dozen Windward talents, both on and off stage, and seats are filling up fast (2357310) ...

Dana Vennen reminds folks that there are seats to spare at riding lessons for all ages (4 on up) daily at Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii in Waimanalo.

“We have a variety of horses and tack to suit any rider,” Dana says (349-9036) ... National History Day saw three Laie Elementary students take first place, a gold medal and $1,000 in the Junior Group Website category in June. Congratulations to Kamaile Aluli, Kaylee Alana Miller and Truman Spring for “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: the Battle over Hetch Hetchy” (a troubled valley in Yosemite) ...

Nathan Nelson

Kailua’s Grace Toyomura has graduated from the 10-month-long AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and was recently spotted picking up trash at Washington state’s Stevens Pass ... Another Kailua resident, Nathan Nelson, joined The Gas Company as vice president, general counsel and secretary. An honor graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, Nathan also has his MBA from the University of Nebraska and formerly worked with Carlsmith Ball law firm ...

Kailua artist Elizabeth Pepin Silva has a solo show, “Chemical Imbalance,” at Chinatown Boardroom this month, with an artist’s reception at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 (585-7200). Elizabeth uses film in her artwork to create unique sculptural photos with alternative processes. She also makes documentary films, and her photo art has appeared in several books on surfing ...

Reading community news on my recent Oregon coast vacation, I found an ad for a nudest colony retreat. One amenity at the facility is laundry service

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