Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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December 21, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Jenna Frowein

Already an extraordinary gymnast, Kaneohe’s Jenna Frowein is now Hawaii’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2012 (formerly Junior Miss), winning a $4,000 cash scholarship, a trip to the national competition in Mobile, Ala., a four-year scholarship to HPU and $2,000 more in prizes. The Stanford-bound Punahou senior’s second runner-up is Carissa Kano, also of Kaneohe, who won a $2,000 scholarship plus $1,250 more.

Carissa is hoping to go to Harvard next fall ... A longtime supporter of Habilitat, businessman and jeweler Bruce Bucky gave the Kaneohe rehab facility $5,000 this year, which enabled the group to bring 75 Christmas trees here and present them to families last weekend at Kamehameha Homes ...

State Rep. Pono Chong has added the title of House Majority Leader an interim post from Dec. 7 until the Legislature convenes next month. He’s replacing Blake Oshiro, who’s now the governor’s deputy chief of staff. Speaker Calvin Say praised the Windward lawmaker for his work to resolve the budget crisis ...

Carissa Kano

Remember, New Year’s Eve revelers, the last day to get a firecrackers-only permit is today (Dec. 21) at satellite city halls only ... Gabby Whitworth (Kalaheo 2009) recently played in the NCAA Division 1 playoffs (for the second time) as a middle blocker for University of Albany in New York, where she’s on a full-ride volleyball scholarship. Look for Gabby and her team to play a preseason game next August against the UH Wahine here ...

Pohai Nani put up a “welcome home” banner for resident Jack Nakamura, one of the 100th Infantry Battalion veterans (with two Purple Hearts) who went to D.C. last month to receive the Congressional Gold Medal ...

Bev Vierra says there may still be a few seats open for the Castle High tour of Europe next year (3897529) ... Ahuimanu’s Loxley Keala is the No. 7 pick on the Star-Advertiser‘s All-State Volleyball Fab 15. The 511 Loxley is a setter on the Iolani girls team ...

Kailua artist Warren Stenberg has jazzed-up his website at warrenstenberg.com. Enjoy ... Kaneohe sophomore Angie Yoshizu made the dean’s list at Bloomfield College in New Jersey

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