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Carol Chang
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November 30, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Castle High grad and reigning Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay will add the honorable title of 2011 Visa Humanitarian of the Year Saturday at USA Track & Field’s annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo. The award lauds outstanding athletes’ achievements outside of their sport, and Bryan has shown his dedication to helping youths through clinics, personal talks and his foundation that’s “building champions and changing lives.” He recently sponsored a 5K run in his community of Glendora, Calif., to support his mission and collect food and clothes for underprivileged families ...

Kailua’s Shannon Winpenny is in Manoa Valley Theatre’s Studio Series production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, on stage Dec. 811 (988-6131) ... The Dec. 5 Hawaii Five-0 episode just might offer glimpses of Mt. Olomana and a Le Jardin Academy classroom. Spokeswoman and LJA instructor Cynthia Manley says a determined news team of 24 fifth-graders thoroughly covered the exciting visit by the “extremely accommodating” cast and crew. The makeup room even applied a fake bullet hole on one lucky youth. (His mother had it removed. Shucks!) Also scheduled for an appearance in Monday’s show: my son Kevin Chang‘s studio apartment all cleaned up on Queen Street. Look for green walls and old books ...

Kailua’s Reece Goo aims to collect 5,000 Make-A-Wish letters to take Dec. 9 to the Believe Campaign at Macy’s, which will donate $1 per letter to grant wishes to ailing children. Reece was once a MAW recipient, making a trip to DisneyWorld after brain tumor treatments. “I want other kids to have just as much fun as I did,” he says. Send letters to him c/o Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaii, P.O. Box 1877, Honolulu HI 96805. Letters should tell Santa how you believe in holiday magic ...

Congratulations to kumu Ka’ohu Cazinha and her Kaneohe hula troupe Ke Ao O ‘Anolani, who mark their 10th anniversary by walking in Saturday’s parade ... Kaneohe’s Rachel Morgan and Kailua’s Christina Hill and Maya Jennings will read Sunday for the HPR Aloha Shorts taping at Atherton studio in Honolulu (955-8821) for Young Voices: Looking Forward, Looking Back ...

John Marzan (Castle 2000) has graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

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