Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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January 11, 2012 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kiana Ahovelo

Funny what you can find when you clean stuff up. Gerry Brown of Utopia Landscape tackled the trash and overgrowth at the Kalapawai triangle on his own recently (after no response from the city) and he uncovered a 3-footwide concert sidewalk, among other things, under the tangled mess. Gerry’s the guy who also cleaned up the Pali Palms triangle a few weeks ago. Mahalo, Gerry ...

Recently honored by Hawaii Chamber of Commerce as a mentor to DOE senior project students is Windward state Sen. Jill Tokuda, along with several clubs and businesses ... If it’s not too late, you may still catch a briefing by Scott Suzuki on elder care costs and elder abuse at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 10) at Kahuku Library (293-8935) ...

Oregon State may not have scored well on the football field last semester, but Windward Oahu students did just fine on the Corvallis college’s honor roll college, earning a 3.5 or higher gpa. From Kailua: David Fink, Brittney Louis-Soares, Mark Maeda, Dallas Sessions, Hannah Smith, Rion Wilson-Yue and Lindsey Wright-Joy; and from Kaneohe: Allison Hirata, Marrissa Kaili-Frank, Tyler Mendes, Chelsea Nakai and Kimberly Takata ... Staying in the Beaver State, Kaneohe’s Allan Sanada just earned his bachelor of science degree in theater arts cum laude at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande ...

Kiana Ahovelo, formerly with the Celtic Keiki and other stage credits, was home in Waimanalo for winter break after a successful first semester as a freshman at Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, where she’s enrolled in the opera program. Her mother Gretchen Pleuss also has moved to L.A. for this next step in Kiana’s career ...

Congratulations to 2011 Fernandez Fun Factor Scholar Bryce Iwami of Castle High, who earned a $1,000 award plus a one-year tuition grant to UH ...

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties has hired award-winning Realtor Beth Ripa of Kailua for its King Street office and Previews team ... That’s Wayne Takazono‘s painting, “Emergence” (double rainbow on Koolaus), hanging on the hospital room wall in The Descendents. “It gets a lot of air time as the backdrop in the ending portion of the movie,” says the Kaneohe artist, adding that the production team rents all the art it uses directly from the artists

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