Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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October 12, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Fire Capt. Debbi Eleneki of Waimanalo was honored Sept. 30 as HFD Uniformed Employee of the Year. The 24-year veteran (from a family of male firefighters) manages apparatus and equipment purchasing for the department and was HFD’s first female firefighter and fire captain ... This year’s Windward Half Marathon was won by (hurray!) Kailua resident Cindy Anderson, who beat out 385 runners Sept. 11 in the 30th annual race. Second place was Kailua’s Amit Bhavsar and third was Kaneohe’s Brian Hayes. Taking second in the 5K that day was Kailua’s Mark Moritz ... Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden was featured on my Hawaiian Airlines flight to Oregon last month ...

Speaking of beauty, Kailua’s Heather Titus already gave us her vivid photo-essay books Passion and Beauty and Hawaii A State of Being. Here current project is the DVD Nature with Hula, and she’s auditioning kahiko dancers this Sunday girls age 4 to 6, males and females 16-30. Filming starts a week later. Call 2619333 or go to hawaiianlotus.com. She also needs an assistant ...

Ron and Mo Bright are grandparents for the seventh time (via daughter Jodi Bright Stein). Not only were they present at Mia Rose Malulani‘s birth, but Grandpa Ron gave a minute-by-minute narration the next day to the Phantom cast at Paliku Theatre. Mia’s lungs, he declares, “are Broadway material!” ...

Born in Panama while her dad helped build the canal, Katherin Hagen marks her 90th year at her Kuupua Street home Saturday with dozens of kin. A widow with five children, 12 grandkids and “at least eight great-grandchildren,” she has lived there since 1953. Son John, an HPU adjunct music prof, says “she drives her tank of a car around Kailua, so be on the lookout!” Also plays bridge, travels even went to New Zealand to hear The Three Tenors ...

Kaneohe Marine Anthony Minjarez is trying to help his teenage sister Marissa in California battle progressive liver disease. A car wash helped, but more support is welcome as well as a liver donor. “My friends, family and community neighbors here in Hawaii have been extremely supportive,” he told Recordnet.com. To offer help, visit COTAforMarissaM.com ...

Top Hawaii library checkouts in September: James Patterson‘s Kill Me If You Can: A Novel and The Closer, The Complete 5th Season on DVD

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