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Carol Chang
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September 07, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Marcelo Jaramillo

When St. Mark Lutheran School celebrates Grandparents Day Sept. 12, longtime kindergarten teacher JoAnn Gundermann could be seeing a third generation in her classroom. That’s right. She’s now teaching and nurturing the grandchild of one of her original students. Also helping when they can in JoAnn’s classroom are two former students, Castle senior Kate Lynn Chaffin and UH junior Christopher Johnson ...

Speaking of generations, Kaneohe’s James and Loretta Tokuda proudly watched their grandson Kasey Munetake give the valedictory address at Baldwin High School. Kasey’s mom Wendy is a 1980 Castle High grad ... The city recently erected Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club’s second and third ahupua’a signs, both on Kamehameha Highway one near the Kahuhipa Street corner and the other at Butler’s Corner at the border of Heeia and Kahaluu (near Heeia Kea) ...

Kailua’s Marcelo Jaramillo has joined RevoluSun as a customer care director. A native of Miami, Marcelo is very familiar with the sun’s power ... Then there’s wave power. State Rep. Cynthia Thielen is in Southampton, England, this week to address the opening ceremony of the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series, which draws leaders in ocean-based renewable energy, something the Windward lawmaker has championed for years here. She helped nudge into existence the country’s first wave energy facility off shore of Kaneohe Marine base ...

Ken Kawamoto

The biggest fan of Paliku’s Phantom of the Opera (235-7310) could very well be the Phantom himself Byron Nease, a veteran of the musical’s pro touring shows. He’s “haunted” two rehearsals already ... Hawaii Employers Council has appointed Kahaluu’s Ken Kawamoto as director of negotiations services. Ken was a federal mediator before and has more than 25 years’ experience in labor relations and human resource management ...

Hina Mauka CEO Alan Johnson invites all to join him at the Recovery Walk and Dry Run 5K at 7 a.m. Sept. 17 in Ala Moana Park (447-5261) ... Castle alum Kutmaster Spaz of Dis-n-Dat cable TV show hosts Koko Marina’s Band Challenge and Soloist Singing Contest finals from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 (551-8930)

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