Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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September 21, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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William Guptail

Kailua photographer Sohee Chu‘s new book, Portraits of Aloha Hope, was released Sept. 10 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, where many of her subjects residents of the Women in Need transitional home were present. Sohee talked with and photographed 23 of these struggling women to share their stories and what has motivated them to choose a clean and sober life. She’ll be on Kauai this Saturday to spread the word. For more on the book, go to portraitsofalohahope.com ...

Ken Sanders reports that the Kailua Urban Design Task Force rolled up its sleeves one recent weekend to paint the Kailua sign and replant its flower boxes. “Now, if only the naupaka in the medial strip could be whittled down by half in that little stretch,” Ken says, “then drivers entering Kailua Town could better view the handiwork”...

UnitedHealthcare has appointed two Kailua men to its Hawaii leadership: president William Guptail and chief operating officer David Herndon. The national company provides services to nearly 40,000 Medicaid and Medicare members here ... Hauoli La Hanau to Aunty Alice Hewett, bastion of Kaneohe sports and guardian of the ahupuaa. She says “about 500” people came to her 80th birthday party ... Good surf chat planned for Saturday with Uncle George Downing, Buzzy Kerbox, Derrick Dorner and other pros talking story at the Lanikai Surf Festival (see calendar) ...

David Herndon

Kaneohe’s Janice Somera-Aquino presents a common sense defense seminar, Stand Tall, at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Dave & Buster’s showroom in Honolulu. Fee is $35 in advance, $45 at the door. The black belt martial artist is grand master and owner of Ken Ka Kung Fu Club. Preregister by Oct. 3 at 619-384-9303 ...

Linda Elento wants to remind readers that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and it kicks off with a Buddy Walk Oct. 1. The Kaneohe woman’s son is Jason, who was born with the condition. For details on the walk and other events, call her at 235-7610 ...

Hawaii Theatre will present a tribute to Irmgard Farden Aluli at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, one day after the late Kailua composer and singer would have been 100 years old (528-0506)

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