Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 17, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Castle High School artist Echo Imai won second place in Kaha Kii: the 2nd Congressional District art competition, which means that her entry will be displayed for one year in U.S. Rep. Ed Case‘s Washington, D.C., office. Gee, that means it will be there longer than Ed ... No, it’s not a flying trapeze act coming to Kaneohe. The 100-foot highwire net spanning Likelike Highway is a temporary safety device installed by HECO on May 4. A company engineer says they’re repairing a transmission line above the corridor and don’t want it to fall on commuters. Or bananas for that matter ... This has been a good year for Kahaluu’s cultural resource, Richard Paglinawan.


The dedicated social worker was named a 2006 Living Treasure of Hawaii in January, and now (this month) Bishop Museum Press has released the long-awaited book Lua: Art of the Hawaiian Warrior, which Richard co-wrote with Mitchell Eli, Moses Kalauokalani and Jerry Walker ... Yes, even high schools can have athletic trainers. Among the newly certified is Sam Lee of Castle High ... Speaking of certified, veteran teacher and principal Arlyne Yonemoto has been elevated to Windward district superintendent for the Kailua and Kalaheo Complex, replacing the retiring Louise Wolcott. A Waianae High graduate, Arlyne has been heading up Maunawili Elementary for a dozen years ... Coming from her new complex is Stacy Trinh (Kalaheo ‘02), an accounting major who will give a valedictory address today (May 17) at her graduation from Hawaii Pacific University ... St. John Vianney students are in safe hands. Not only do they have God nearby, but among the school’s parents are HPD Crimestoppers Det. Kim Capllonch and Department of Homeland Security agent Rick Bratt. In fact, Rick is conducting an Internet security assembly today (May 17) for the kids ... A relatively safe hobby is aquascaping, and Kevin Milkern will tell you everything you want to know about “landscaping with water” during a class Saturday at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden (see calendar). It includes a field trip to Kevin’s Waimanalo nursery where he’ll demonstrate the necessary skills ... Speaking of things green, the Kaneohe Outdoor Circle renewed its $500 scholarship to

Bethany Kimokeo
Bethany Kimokeo

Bethany Kimokeo during ceremonies at its recent spring luncheon. The Kaneohe girl graduated from Kamehameha Schools, attends BYU and is planning to transfer to UHManoa. The group also honored winners of Castle High School’s EcoArt contest: Jenny Martin, first place; Madina Babalova, second; and Jai Li Wu, third ... The HSTA has elected King Intermediate School health and P.E. teacher Fran Bellinger as its alternate representative to the National Education Association board of directors ... Also at King, seventh-grader Zoey Malalua was a winner in the inaugural Eddie Aikau Essay Contest, as was Blake Berinobis, a ninth-grader at Hakipuu Learning Center ... Coconut Joe is at the O - Lounge that is, starting tonight from 6:30 to 9. And as Bob Rogers says of his Kailua band, they’ll be bringing “a New York City Greenwich Village music scene” to the island every other Wednesday at the old Chinahouse Restaurant venue ...


Closer to home, Kathryn Heath recommends the Windward District’s ESLL Multicultural Speech Festival, set for May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Paliku Theatre. The kids will be dancing, doing choral readings, poetry, songs, stories and much more in their new language (English) ... Windward United Church of Christ will award scholarships Sunday to graduating seniors Elayne Bannister, Steven Heyd and Raelene Samson of Kalaheo; Charles Bell of Kahuku High, Jenna Nakamura of Castle and Shane Stubblefied of Kailua (Punahou) during its annual Holmes Sunday service

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