Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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April 12, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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King Intermediate School P.E. teacher Jimmy Edwards will run in the Boston Marathon April 17, having qualified with a time of 2:57 at the Honolulu one in December. He’s been up at 4 a.m. running as much as 20 miles a week all over Kaneohe and “to Sea Life Park and back"to get in shape for legendary Heartbreak Hill at the historic, prestigious race. “I’m so ready and so excited,“says Jimmy, who has never been to Boston, despite growing up on the East Coast. It’s safe to say he’s a good role model for the Cobras these days, and the school community sent him off with some travel cash ...

Three out of Hawaii’s five Jefferson Award honorees for 2006 are from Windward Oahu. Are we surprised? No! They are Jack Sullivan of Kailua, the inspiration behind AYSO for youths all over the state and a key planner behind the Waipio soccer complex; Waimanalo’s Nickie Hines who has fed the homeless and other needy residents for more than two decades via her Kokua Food Basket and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church; Kahaluu Methodist minister Bob Nakata who has been a dedicated advocate of the poor and under-served all his life, most recently working to help the homeless and wipe out the crystal meth scourge ... Romance blossoms at any age, and George Hogan and Fern Pietsch proved it by exchanging vows last month at Pohai Nani ... King Intermediate art teacher Jean Noguchi proudly points out that her students’ vivid paintings - already a hit at a January art show in Sapporo - are now on view for us Windward folks at the USA Federal Credit Union at Windward Mall ... Come Aug. 1,

Clayton Hubner
Clayton Hubner

Clayton Hubner will take over as dean of the BYU-Hawaii School of Business where he’s been teaching operations management and business strategy since 2003. Clayton succeeds Brent Wilson, who will return to the Marriott School of Management at BYU in Provo ... Leilani Kaluhiwa (Castle ‘04) has graduated from the Army National Guard’s Unit Supply training at Fort Lee, Va. ... Friends will gather on Lanikai beach at 9 a.m. Saturday (at the Kaiolena right of way) to remember Dorothea Ralston, a longtime neighbor and supporter of the community, who died recently while living in Oregon.According to Hoppy Smith, Dorothea had been the pianist for many Mortgage Player shows and was always there for the details (like cleaning up) that made for successful events ... James Crane (Castle ‘90) has been promoted to tech sergeant in the U.S. Air Force; he’s currently stationed at Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base in Germany as an airborne communications specialist ... A painting by Kailua artist and KCC art professor Carl Jennings has won Best in Show at the Windward Artists Guild juried spring exhibition, open through May 5 at 1132 Bishop St. (599-5009) ... Le Jardin sophomore Nikki Picciotto is one of three Hawaii winners in grades 9-12 for her “Letters About Literature” essay on a book that made a difference in her life. And that book is no surprise: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.Her prize from the contest sponsor, Target, is a cash award and a Target gift card. She can use it on the mainland, I guess.

It’s just like those tempting Olive Garden TV commercials: In Hawaii, it’s “No pasta for you!”... But help yourself to seconds of good traditional Hawaiian music at the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame concert at 7 p.m. April 29 at Hawaii Theatre (528-0506). Current or former Windward folks helping install new Hall of Fame inductees via music are Aaron Mahi, Mahi Beamer, Dr. Isaac Akuna, Wayne Shishido, Elena Hollinger-Martinez, Lynell Bright and Alan Akaka. The Hall of Fame Serenaders (including Elena, Isaac and Alan) will also perform at noon Saturday at Windward Mall ... I Ain’t Goin No Where, a student video from Castle High, will air on the Hawaii Student Digital Showcase on ‘Olelo channel 56 at 4 p.m. Tuesdays, noon Thursdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays in April ... St. John Vianney sixth-grader Trevor Misplay (the right play, actually) has been cast as Anna’s son in HOT’s The King and I July 21-30 at Blaisdell Concert Hall

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