Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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December 14, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii named Kaneohe’s Linda Katagiri Distinguished Volunteer of 2011 for being “an incredible example of leadership, generosity and intelligence.” Linda became involved with the group after one of her employees was ailing with kidney disease, but had a successful transplant ...

Kailua artist Frank Oliva opens a one-man show Saturday at Gallery on the Pali, located at First Unitarian Church, 2500 Pali Hwy. (263-8223) ... Alex Kilauano (Kalaheo 2007) saw his first student film accepted into the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and is working on a second one he’ll dedicate to his late dad, Bill Kilauano of Kailua. Alex, who used to do skateboard videos while working at 808 Skate, has an associate’s degree in film from Santa Barbara City College and is studying film some more at CSU-Long Beach. I would give him an A, so far. To help him finance and finish the project, go to flowerthefilm.com ...


Kaneohe’s Marlene Hernandez has joined RevoluSun as a software tester engineer (streamlining solar system design, pricing and management). Marlene has done similar work in Utah and has a degree in computer science from Lisandro Alvarado University in Venezuela ... When McDonald’s reopened this month on Kuulei Road, it made sure to share some of its Extra Value Meal profits over three days with Kailua High, Intermediate and Elementary schools ...

Kalaheo alumna Christine Thomas edited Don’t Look Back: Island Myths with a Modern Twist 17 updated tales of old Hawaii by top island writers, including Christine herself. The book release is at 6 tonight (Dec. 14) at Mission Houses Museum (534-7070) ... John-Paul Tai‘s Paliku Academy of Performing Arts performs at 7 p.m. Sunday on Ala Moana Center stage ...


Drama on stage and on the street all treated by Castle hospital’s ER: Two people from the Kaneohe parade and the principal actress in HPU’s play, The House of Blue Leaves. Lisa Barnes, who played Bunny Flingus in the show, injured her foot one hour before Dec. 4’s final performance. She came back from Castle in a cast and did the play sitting down. “The audience loved it,” says Terry Olival, “and it gives new meaning to the adage ‘break a leg’ ” ...

To any confused or tardy parade fans, I apologize. My brain said 9 a.m. but I wrote 10 a.m. in the advance story about Kaneohe’s annual march

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