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December 21, 2005 - MidWeek The Islander
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University of Hawaii-Hilo English professor Mark Panek has penned a biography of Chad Rowan, tracing his sumo career as Akebono through the Waimanalo athlete’s retirement as yokozuna in 2001. UH Press will release the book in February ... Kara Luerson, a junior neurology student from Kaneohe, is finishing up her fall semester in Venice, Italy, in a way-off-campus study tour from Colgate University in New York ... Pamela Menter of Waimanalo joined Mental Health Kokua this fall as project director for Safe Haven, a 25-bed transitional housing and outreach center in downtown Honolulu ... Rob Piimauna says the Manawalea Lions (Koolaupoko Lions’ branch club at a Waimanalo riding center) now has in its possession what may be the very first outdoor Lions emblem flag in the state, presented last month by the mother club ... Kaneohe psychologist

Rian McMullin
Rian McMullin

Rian McMullin recently published some easy-to-understand advice: Taking Out Your Mental Trash: A Consumer’s Guide to Cognitive Restructuring Therapy ... Learning to restructure quickly are Jeff and Karon Chang of Kaneohe. They opened a new Jeff Chang Pottery and Fine Crafts shop at the Sheraton Waikiki Nov. 1, right after losing their lease at Windward Mall. (They were offered a much smaller space, which was unworkable, Karon says.) Kaneohe customers loyal to the renowned ceramic artist are turning up at their Kailua Village Shops gallery now. Jeff’s beautiful, very touchable creations are also at Pearlridge Center, on Fort Street Mall and right next to the fancy elevator in Sheraton’s lobby ... Norma Ching has a few words to say, and she’s put them into poetic form in her new book, From the Master’s Heart, illustrated by her son, Waimanalo artist Patrick Ching ... Kahaluu Neighborhood Board member Wayne Panoke will be at City Hall on Christmas, but not on board business. Wayne and friends are booked to sing at 6 p.m. in the Honolulu Hale courtyard ... Citing “an insignificant effect on speeding,” Mayor Mufi Hannemann signed the death nell recently on Wanaao Road’s traffic-calming curbs and barriers. More signs will go up instead ... Laie Elementary kindergartner Hope Muyco earned third place in the Craft Supply Holiday Card Contest, winning $100 in supplies for her school. Like 3,000 other children, Hope’s entry was a decorated greeting card for our Hawaii citizen soldiers in the Middle East ... Speaking of the National Guard,

Michael Trusso
Michael Trusso

Michael Trusso (Kailua ‘02) has graduated from basic Air National Guard training at Lackland AFB in Texas ... Bishop Museum’s newest exhibit, Ho’ohuli, to Turn Around, has a definite Windward touch. Kailua’s Meleanna Meyer collaborated with Kala Hoe, Meala Bishop, Carl Pao and other artists - as well as the students of Hakipuu Learning Center and Samuel Kamakau Charter School - to create a giant mural in the museum lobby ... According to Windward Coalition of Churches’ treasurer Carl Nemoto, the Thanksgiving service at Christ Church Uniting collected nearly $1,000, which will be divided between the Women’s Prison Ministry and Hurricane Katrina relief ... Thank Waimanalo businessman Kevin Andrews for the recycled playhouse at Honolulu City Lights. He and his staff erected the unique and popular hale-with-a-message for the Windward Ahupua’a Alliance ... Kahaluu’s Kupa’aina plays at around 6 p.m. Thursday at Kuhio Park Terrace during a showing of Jeremy Spear‘s Polynesian Power: Islanders in Pro Football, a documentary narrated by The Rock. Fans (of UH/NFL athletes, The Rock and the band) are welcome. The show features three songs by the band; players will also be on hand ... Windward Mall’s Christmas card features a biodegradable star that, when planted, grows into an eatable herb crop (the legal kind)

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