Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 10, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Economist Paul Brewbaker has been making the rounds. He was hanging out with the Windward Rotary Club last week, and will speak next at the May 17 Kailua Chamber of Commerce lunch - both groups at Mid-Pacific Country Club. I predict an economic upturn for the buffet line. Paul is a Kailua resident, Kailua High alumnus, and senior vice president and chief economist with Bank of Hawaii ... Speaking of money, Kailua’s Tom Speitel is co-primary investigator on a $900,000 National Science Foundation grant to the University of Hawaii Education Department. Tom will help set up Invention Factory, a three-year program teaching IT to at-risk, disabled, female and native Hawaiian students interactively. He says it could “substantially increase motivation” to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math for these underrepresented groups ...

Speaking of motivation, former Kailua High School football coach Alex Kane received the Hawaii Coaches Award for his lifelong service to the sport at a recognition banquet held last week by the local chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame ... Mel Murata‘s Keiki Palaka Band has a fancy gig at the Waialae Country Club Saturday night, playing for a Moiliili community gala ... Kailua author Ian MacMillan will be at the Big Island’s Volcano Art Center May 19-20, reading from his new book, The Seven Orchids,and conducting a writers workshop ... James Barlett of Kaneohe can top that. The commander of VFW Post 10154 won an all-expense-paid trip May 4-7 to Kansas City for “a fun-filled week” at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national headquarters ... Speaking of VFW, Daniel Chaves of Kaneohe will receive an Army ROTC award from the local VFW on May 19 during a retreat at his college, Central Washington University in Ellensburg ... Vivien Lee of Waiahole comes out of the valley to lead a dance workshop Saturday at the 2006 International Cultural Summit at the Hawaii Convention Center ... Castle High needs help translating its parent handbook into Samoan, Tongan, Ilocano, Tagalog and Marshallese. If you have the gift of tongues, call Kathy Martin at 233-5379 ... HPU students on the Windward campus may or may not recognize their theater teacher, Larry Bialock, in ACT’s Damn Yankees, now playing at Fort Shafter (483-4480). Larry plays the devil ... Discovered by leafing through the Star-Bulletin‘s slick “Island Homes” supplement: Two celebrity Windward residents have moved and put their estates up for sale: romance author Johanna Lindsey (4 BR, $2,750,000) and artist Diana Hansen-Young (4 BR, $1,599,000). How can anyone leave Kahaluu? ... Students from Windward Adventist and Kaneohe, Mokapu and Puohala elementary schools lifted recorders to their mouths and played with the Honolulu Symphony recently, right inside the Blaisdell Concert Hall. It’s part of the symphony’s educational outreach, which has so far given 30,000 keiki a taste of the classical ...

King Intermediate School P.E. teacher Jimmy Edwards finished slower than he’d hoped in the 110th Boston Marathon last month, but he still qualified for next year’s grueling race. “The whole town came out to watch us,” he says. “It was such a nice boost and so inspirational. I told my students, ‘Don’t ever give up, keep plugging along’ ” ... Don’t give up on the woe-begone cocker spaniel found limping around Kapunahala Elementary School awhile back. When school officials brought her in to the Hawaiian Humane Society, they discovered that “Lucy” had gangrene. But things got better fast. After amputating the leg, Lucy was soon running well on the other three and has been adopted by a Honolulu family ... Congratulations to Kailua’s Beth Cooling, named 2006 Volunteer of the Year at the Kaneohe Marine base. Beth chairs volunteers for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, helping servicemembers take control of their finances ... Special note to my squinting readers, Bill and Dudley: Can you read me now? I asked my boss, and he restored the bigger type face and font to Waha Nui. After all, it’s supposed to mean BIG mouth, yeah?

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