Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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December 07, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Mary Hom

When widow Mary Hom showed up at a recent Kailua beach cleanup with New Hope Kailua, she amazed the crew of litter pickers. At 91, the tiny Chinese woman has been there, done that. “My adopted grandfather, Solomon Mahoe, was the parkkeeper here then, and I would walk along with him picking up trash when I was 3 years old,” she recalls.

“It’s still the same.” Adopted from Susannah Wesley Home orphanage by the Mahoe family, Mary (Young) soon asserted herself as independent and hard-working especially after being told that “girls don’t need to go to school.” She worked at the cannery and at her parents’ chop suey restaurant (by Kalapawai market) paying her own way at Sacred Hearts Academy in town.


She was a maid, a teacher (supervised by the SHA nuns), a clerk, a kindergarten aide. Nowadays, her Kailua home is full of photos of her four children and many grandchildren. She still drives, owns property in the area, and attends reunions of Sacred Hearts’ Class of 1939. “There’s only six of us now” ...

Star-nani Peralta

Kaneohe’s Star-nani Peralta has joined the new Legends in Concert Waikiki as director of sales after 30 years in the marketing industry. The production opens Thursday featuring a cast of 80 tribute stars ... You can’t escape Christmas at A Cup of Tea in Kailua. Since Oct. 1, proprietor Darlene Pahed has had her Uluniu Street oasis decorated up, and it will stay that way until the third week of January for all of her customers to enjoy ...

Artist Patrick Ching is grand marshal of Waimanalo’s annual Christmas parade Saturday, and more marchers are still welcome (690-2443) ... Kailua break-ins and burglaries reached a new high when internationally renowned author and humorist David Sedaris was in town for a Nov. 22 reading at Blaisdell Concert Hall. He had rented a Kailua house and gone out for awhile. That’s when thieves broke in and took his laptop with all of his work on it ...


If it’s not too late, catch George McDonald sharing Pearl Harbor Day stories at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Kahuku Library. George’s father, an Army private, received a call from Opana radio station at Kahuku Point that fateful morning. Learn what happened next (293-8935)

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