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Carol Chang
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March 22, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Anew DVD out from Red Bull, Upwind, The Launch of Kiteboarding, features appearances by those who were in on the ground floor of the sport, such as Kailua’s Robby Naish ... On the ground floor of word wars this week, Jonathan Lee of St. Anthony’s School and Emma de Vries of Le Jardin will both represent the Windward district at the state spelling bee, set for Sunday at Paliku Theatre. The two eighth-graders battled it out at the Windward Bee Feb. 21, with Jonathan emerging at No. 1 ... Ka’ohu Cazinha says she is an instructor of hula, rather than the certified “kumu hula” of her Kaneohe halau. She acquired the elevated title via this reporter in a March 15 Islander story ... Liz Kumabe-Maynard of Kaneohe, Sea Grant’s environmental education director at Hanauma Bay, has joined the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council ... Dominic Bush won the St. Anthony’s School geography bee and qualified to compete March 31 in the Hawaii Geographic Bee at the convention center ...

If it’s not too late, you can put in your two cents on proposed changes to the City Charter Commission. Commissioners meet with the public at 6 p.m. March 21 in the Kailua High School cafeteria (592-8633) ... You might say that Carol Tyau-Beam of Ahuimanu is having a busy month. She’s the state’s National Flood Insurance Program coordinator ...

Brad Mezurashi
Brad Mezurashi

Brad Mezurashi of Kaneohe and Arlette St. Romain Meader of Kailua have roles in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, opening Friday at Diamond Head Theatre (733-0277) and billed as a “wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience” based on the unfinished book by Charles Dickens. As for their day jobs, Brad teaches sixth grade at Mokapu Elementary School and Arlette is an environmental consultant.

Arlette Meader
Arlette Meader

Arlette is married to Andrew Meader, who was recently HPU’s Windward theater manager… Laine Yoshioka, valedictorian for Castle High in 2001, collected her B.S. in business administration and marketing summa cum laude at Hawaii Pacific University in January. Laine is also an actress and budding filmmaker ... Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today (March 22) at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe for Army Col. Frank Steer, Kailua’s 2004 parade grand marshall who, at 105, was the West Point’s oldest graduate. An honorary major general “on active duty,” the World War I and II soldier lived with his daughters in Kailua until recently. Donations in his name may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 4301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 ... Kailua’s Squirrel Hunters play at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Dixie Grill on Ward ... Heather Zauner of Kailua has made the fall dean’s list at Washington University in St. Louis, where she’s enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences ... Kailua author and UH writing instructor Ian McMillan will read from his new novel, The Seven Orchids, at 7:30 p.m. April 5 in the Geophysics Auditorium at UH-Manoa ... Mapuana de Silva‘s Windward troupe, Halau Mohala ‘Ilima, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an annual concert at 6:30 p.m. April 1 at Hawaii Theatre (261-0689) ... Castle High’s 2006 commencement ceremonies will have Jolyn Yoneshige singing The Star Spangled Banner and Camille Winslow singing Hawaii Ponoi ... Riley Yamada of Kaneohe is co-chairing a landmark anniversary: the 50th reunion of his McKinley High School Class of 1956, set for July 22 (247-5259) ...

We’ve come a long way since those charcoal-heated iron boxes I saw described by a Hawaii oldtimer on ‘Olelo. Hardware Hawaii just had a sale on digital irons with motion-sensitive auto-off, etc. ... With campaign season looming, don’t be dazzled by those listing “Who’s Who” membership on their brochures. Last month Strathmore’s Who Who sent an invitation over our company fax machine to join its select group of global decision-makers. It read: “We believe your accomplishments, as a highly respected professional in your field, merit earnest and intense consideration for inclusion.” It was addressed to ‘Dear (blank)’ ...

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