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Carol Chang
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February 15, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Members of Small Business Hawaii and their families will munch on milk and slurp cookies with Wally Amos Sunday at his Chip n’ Cookie reading haven in Kailua ... Kaneohe’s John Nippolt, a light-wheeled mechanic in the U.S. Army, has returned to Fort Stewart, Georgia, after a deployment to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division ... Oops. Somehow an evil “o” hopped into a headline last week, creating a fictional community called “Waimanolo.” A reader’s sharp eyes caught it, but alas, too late ...

Lillian Schemadovits-Norris of Kailua made the fall dean’s list at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. Lillian is a junior majoring in environmental science ... Closer to “heart” science, the Kailua Seniors Club picked Sadie and Ernest Hayes to represent them at the mayor’s Sweetheart Dance last week at Blaisdell Center ... If you get a Valentine from Kacey Yokotake, Brianne Yokotake or Carissa Calkins, be proud. They were judged the best three artists in their age groups in Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center’s first Valentine Card Contest for artistic sweethearts 18 and younger. The merchants delivered most contest entries to Castle Medical Center patients ...

Luci Dwight
Luci Dwight

Luci Dwight can tell you a thing or two about kidneys: She donated one of hers to her father in 2003. Now the Kailua resident is public education coordinator for the Organ Donor Center of Hawaii. Luci’s mission is to raise awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donors, which she will do through building a speaker’s bureau and building relationships with groups throughout the community ... The Hawaii Society of Corporate Planners will get an earful from Windward tourism experts during a panel discussion Thursday in Waikiki. The panel includes Kailua’s Frank Haas (vp of marketing for the Hawaii Tourism Authority) and Kaneohe’s Annette “Kolea” Kaohelaulii of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association. Kaneohe author and filmmaker Paul Berry will moderate. Annette recently helped develop the Hawaii Wildlife Viewing Guide, which is being launched on Valentine’s Day at Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii in Ward Warehouse. “We (the steering committee) spent several years planning and putting together this guide book,” she explains. “It’s almost like I am having a baby on Feb. 14!” ...

Mark Votapek
Mark Votapek

Mark Votapek, a Kailua resident, is now in his second season as the Honolulu Symphony’s principal cellist. He’ll give his first solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Orvis Auditorium, with Thomas Yee on piano (956-8742) ... Interesting that a Windward theology retreat on “money and faith” will be led by a man named Cashman (see story on this page) ... Waimanalo’s multi-talented Bud Spindt - glass blower and musician with Wiki Waki Woo - opens Golden Threads, a free art exhibit with quilter Lea Ingram at the Academy Art Center, Feb. 22 to March 17 ... Kailua songstress Mihana Souza will entertain with Bill Tapia and Raiatea Helm at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Hawaii Convention Center’s continuing “Hawaiian Music Nights” concert (550-8457) ... Kailua artist Alan Leitner will talk about his work during a Free ArtLunch lecture at noon Feb. 28 at the Hawaii State Art Museum (586-0305) ...

Kaneohe undergraduates Ryan Braun and Kerry Yamamoto are both on the fall dean’s list at the University of Idaho ... Kailua’s Arianna Grindle is one step ahead of them: The Pepperdine University student was named to the National Dean’s List for 2005-20006 ... Hauula composer and producer Gordon Broad is one of 11 recipients of the Music Foundation of Hawaii’s first Legacy awards, to be presented during a benefit banquet March 18 in Waikiki (951-6699). The MFH also presents the annual Hawaii Music Awards ... Kaneohe playwright Y York will see her hip-hop version of Shakespeare’s Othello cavort across the Honolulu Theatre for Youth stage Feb. 24-March 18 at Tenney Theatre - rapper soliloquies composed and delivered by BullDog (839-9885)

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