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Carol Chang
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January 11, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Former Windward BOE member and retired businessman Lex Brodie, 91, is a keynote speaker at the annual Small Business Hawaii conference today (Jan. 11). Lex founded SBH in 1975. He also opened his first gas station in Kaneohe nearly a half-century ago ... Kaneohe’s state Rep. Ken Ito, along with current SBH president, Sen. Sam Slom, has been honored as 2005 Legislator of the Year by the Hawaii Rifle Association ... Speaking of guns, Kiefer Morales of Kaneohe has graduated from basic training with the Army Reserve at Fort Sill, Okla. ... Meanwhile, Kaneohe’s 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment - who came home from Iraq last April - flew off to Afghanistan last Wednesday for a seven-month deployment.

The group of 400 includes sailors as well as Marines ... Downtown Honolulu’s First Friday is becoming a regular Windward event. On Jan. 6 Daunna Yanoviak set up more than dozen of her students and teachers for a show in the Mendonca building courtyard: Michelle Tamayose, Katherine Lau, Daunna and Andre Yanoviak, Karen Kiefer, Elizabeth and Gabrielle Polendey, Tess Satsuma, Cherie and Perla Tsukayama,Amanda Yap, Gerry Jobes, Marlene Nalani, A.B. Sage and Rebecca, Lisa and Mike Kelso. For a sneak peek at what Mendonca landlord JoDee Hunt has planned for Feb. 3, call her at 262-5930 ... Kaneohe’s Christmas lights were a real draw this year, even bringing a seniors group from Kapahulu here by bus for dinner and two walking tours before returning check out Honolulu Hale’s show ... Video shows are also dazzling, and a Kaneohe hula project was highlighted in the December e-newsletter from videosystems.com. Kaneohe writer Tom Patrick McAuliffe focussed on three groups at “the forefront of video archiving” : a Holocaust survivors project at USC, the Library of Congress’ history of war veterans, and the Hula Preservation Society based at Windward Community College. Tom interviews HPS co-founder Maile Loo and the group’s videographer, Gene Lois of Kailua, about their work to preserve the oral histories of Hawaiian kupuna ... Thanks to Young Brothers’Capt. Jeb Baker (a former Kaneohe Yacht Club sailor), Curtis “Bud” Thompson, now 82, was able to report from firsthand experience “Tug Boating in Hawaii 61 Years Later.” Now settled in Washington state, Bud once lived in Kailua and worked on interisland tug-towing barges during the 1940s. He flew to Hawaii Nov. 5 for a “re-run” trip on the tug Malulani with Jeb, sharing a 4-to-8 p.m. watch with him. (Also on the crew was Castle High graduate Vance Hawn.) They sailed to Kawaihae, towing the barge Kamaluhia through the Molokai and Alenuihaha channels. “It was a treat to watch these young men doing their jobs,” Bud writes, “from the beautiful boat-handling by the skipper and the crew each knowing their job with little more than hand signals as they put it all together” ...

OK, ladies, it’s time to get with it. Partners Mary Gomes and Robbi Cugini have reopened Curves in Enchanted Lake, and are ready to give you the workout you need (262-8722) ... City Councilwoman Barbara Marshall will go from the have-nots to the have-taxes in her busy Thursday schedule. She’s on the council’s new Affordable Housing Committee, which meets for the first time at 2:30 p.m. Then it’s on to a property tax forum across the Pali with hopping mad Kailua homeowners at 7 p.m. ... Peter Beamer, a history major from Kailua, has made the fall dean’s list at Norwich University in Vermont ... Kailua resident Marya Grambs has been named interim executive director of the Mental Health Association of Hawaii ... Kailua-grown musician Paul Chun plays bass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the Eric Peterson band on the monthly Blues stage at HPR’s Atherton Studio (955-8821) ... Another Windward native, Tom “Pohaku” Stone, teaches a History of Surfing class at Kapiolani Community College. The famed surfer and board-shaper meets with students at various historic sites, filling them with skills to make their own boards as well as imparting a respect for the sport. “I am trying to show that there is a living culture here in Hawaii that we can continue to embrace and use economically,” says Pohaku. His Hawaiian Board Company, for example, sells 18-foot wood surfboards for around $10,000

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