Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 03, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Forensic entomologist Lee Goff is still pluggin’ and buggin’. The Kaneohe professor (at Chaminade) will speak May 10 at Kapolei Library on “How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes” ... While Lee has written much about grisly island homicides and consulted on CSI TV episodes, an Ahuimanu man has turned to recounting the times he has plucked people - including himself - from the jaws of death. Something Told Me, a book just out by “Wai Kiki,” offers 19 chapters of his miracle rescues, sparked by an intuitive inner voice, which he regards as a special gift. Chapter 18 stands out for me as he retells a wild ride down the Pali, barreling toward Kailua at the helm of a runaway, overloaded 18-wheeler truck.


Thinking fast was part of what saved him (uh-oh, now you know the ending!), but how he speeds past each familiar landmark brings it home for me. Mr. Wai Kiki, a pen name, is an avid waterman, canoe paddler, truck driver and many other things. His next self-published volume will have a chapter on his first-person experience aboard the Hokulea with Eddie Aikau. Bookends in Kailua, Naturally Hawaiian Gallery in Waimanalo and Borders Express at Windward Mall have volume I. ... The Windward Community FCU has hired Kailua comedian Andy Bumatai to entertain at its annual meeting, set for May 19 on the Marine base ... Senior Airman (airwoman?) Mariefaye Duarte (Castle ‘00) has reported to NATO’s Geilenkirchen Air Base in Germany, where she is a radiological technologist ... Earning honorable mention in the Board of Water Supply’s annual poster contest for four area students. On view through Friday at the City Hall gallery are posters by Melannee Ipsen of Le Jardin Academy, Jadalynn Haia of Kainalu Elementary, Alyse Allred of Laie Elementary, and Lei’ohu Mattoon of St. Ann’s Model School, and many more ... Gary Murakami has invented an adjustable rod holder for freshwater fishing, spotted recently by Kailua’s Knud Lindgard of Hawaii Fishing News in his relentless shoreline snoop for news bites at Nuuanu Reservoir. Now if Gary could just invent a fish cleaner for all of the catfish (two) I’ve caught there over the past 15 years ...


Projects by sixth-grade scientists from Trinity Christian School were noticed at the state science fair. Erica Butters investigated the flammability of keiki pajamas and won $150; Aaron Madden won $100 for his experiment on the electric current produced by different foods; Shelby Farmer won $50 for recording the affect of green tea on the heart rate of daphnia (water fleas) ... Kailua Elementary sixth-graders Maile Riehl and Leisa Lovett tied for second place (for their grade level) in the 2006 Hawaii Civil Rights Art Contest ...

Ramson Rivera
Ramson Rivera

Ramson Rivera (Castle ‘05) has completed basic Air Force training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Stacy Takekawa of Kailua earned Academic Distinction for fall semester at Whitman College, where she is studying rhetoric and film ... A bachelor’s degree in natural sciences helped Shari Nishikawa of Kaneohe land a job as a zoo keeper for the birds at the Honolulu Zoo. “You have to be able to stick your hand in anything and touch anything,” Shari told her Iolani alumni magazine ... Roland Kailihiwa Jr. (Kailua ‘03) has graduated from the Army National Guard’s light-wheeled vehicle mechanic course at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... And Army 2nd Lt. Chad Nakamura (Castle ‘97, UH ‘05) has graduated from Infantry Officer Basic Course (for platoon leaders) at Fort Benning, Ga. ... Windward talent in Army Community Theatre’s Damn Yankees, opening May 11 at Richardson Theatre (438-4480), includes Kailua’s reporter/actor Keoki Kerr in the lead role with Tom Holowach playing Keoki’s older self (with a little makeup and applied gray hues). Also in the cast: Richard McWilliams and Tahiti Fernandez of Kailua, who plays Tom’s wife. Tom and his real wife, Holly, will have to postpone plans for their wedding anniversary, which falls during opening weekend  

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