Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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October 05, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kailua Intermediate’s Robert Heckman is a national finalist ($1,000 cash, $125 Walmart card for classroom, free trip) in the Broadcom Masters competition for grades 6-8 in math, applied science, technology and engineering. He and his teacher Derek Esibill were in Washington, D.C., this week where Robert competed against 29 other students for even more prizes and awards. His project is “Coral Tumors, Parrotfish Predation and Bacteria.” Go, Robert! The Oct. 4 banquet there includes a speech by Jeopardy champion and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, a New Jersey physicist ...

Kaneohe’s Bob Barry had an exciting summer, too. A member of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Bob was invited to train goalkeepers at Husson University in Maine. Before that, he stopped by the USA National Masters Track Meet in Cleveland and won bronze medals for his 70-74 age group in shot put and discus ... Kahaluu’s Kupa’aina band plays its eighth annual gig at the ‘Awa Festival (known as kava outside Hawaii), which runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at UH Manoa, giving folks plenty of time to enjoy music and the analgesic drinks prepared from the plant’s piper methysticum (intoxicating pepper) roots (256-5605) ...

Kaneohe’s Eden-Lee Murray will discuss Honolulu’s theater scene at 6:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 10) on the radio show Thinking Out Loud (AM1210 KZOO) with call-ins welcome at 941-5966 ... If you felt a little more safe and aware in September, it could be because Mayor Peter Carlisle did in fact proclaim it Kailua Community Disaster Preparedness and Awareness Month ...

Castle High seeks new and gently used copies of Chris McKinney‘s The Tattoo as it builds a classroom set of the award-winning Kahaluu-based novel. It’s taxdeductible, too. Call Kathy Martin at 233-5600, ext. 2236 ...

Spotted recently on Oahu streets were these conflicting license-plate messages: NONVME and YUJLUS

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