Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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September 14, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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The fingers of Larissalyn Minicola, 14, danced fastest over the keys in Hawaii Central FCU’s third annual Fastest Texter Competition Sept. 4 at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. The Kaneohe teen won $500 for correctly punching in a phrase of 96 characters in under 60 seconds ... Valerie Joseph Boutique owner Valerie Ragaza-Miao, a longtime supporter of Community Helping Schools, hosts a fashion show benefit for the Kailua-based nonprofit from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Pearl Ultra Lounge (valeriejoseph.com) “Without the necessary tools, we are unable to educate Hawaii’s youths,” she explains ...

Kaneohe’s Deb McGuire and husband Tim put her photos and his words into the book Hawai’i Pets: Photos of Our Animal ‘Ohana. It’s full of the furry, fuzzy, feathery and hooved set at various Oahu sites. Deb McGuire Pet Photography will give a portion of its sales proceeds to Hawaiian Humane Society. Buy it for $10 from mutualpublishing.com or hawaiianhumane.org ...

Kailua Intermediate student Ilima Armstrong won the Lex Brodie Thank You Very Much Award in May for her letter of appreciation to someone who has touched her life her late grandfather and renowned Hawaii radio voice Krash Kealoha. He died on Thanksgiving day 2010 ...

Ilima Armstrong

The Army gave the 2011 Nainoa Hoe Scholarship of Honor to James Mahoney during Aug. 22 ceremonies at the Battle Command Training Center at Schofield Barracks. The center is named after 1st Lt. Hoe, a Kailua soldier who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. James will attend UH Manoa and its Army ROTC program. His $1,000 grant and silver medallion are endowed by Waimanalo businessman Ohelo Kaopio, through the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation ...

Carlene MacPherson is someone you should live next to. She heads Windward Neighborhood Security Watch, which has lined up 24 resource groups for its Kailua Emergency Readiness Fair Thursday (see calendar). HPD Chief Louis Kealoha also honored her recently ... James Patterson is still the most-checked out author at Hawaii libraries (for Now You See Her: a Novel). Hottest DVD is the Korean drama Kaul Tonghwa for July and Avatar for August

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