Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 24, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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The crowd at Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School got a special treat during the school’s spring Read Aloud party on April 26. Louise King Lanzilotti, the granddaughter of Samuel W. himself, came to read and talk story. Louise is managing director of Honolulu Theatre for Youth ... Actress Kelly Preston is back on her home turf to share tips with parents on raising drug-free keiki. Last weekend she was at KEY Project in Kahaluu and at Waikiki’s Sunset on the Beach ... Realtor Jeffrey Samuels and his staff will put the finishing touches on the Kamaiopili family home in Waimanalo Saturday. The Habitat for Humanity project has attracted volunteer help from everywhere, and Jeffrey was not immune to its message. “It’s no secret real estate companies have had record years lately,” he says.

“It’s our chance to give back” ... Robert Pang, who leads the Pali Lions Club, earned the Division II Outstanding President Award at the District 50 Lions convention this month on Kauai ... David Hepburn and Nicole Marie Mulcahy of Kailua, and Rachel Yoshizu of Kaneohe have claimed their bachelor’s degrees in spring ceremonies at Azusa Pacific University (Bryan Clay‘s alma mater) near L.A. ... The Army has awarded Capt. Calvin Arroyo Jr. of Waimanalo the Meritorious Service Medal for his role in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Calvin is a company commander with 21 years of service ... Also receiving the medal was Army National Guard Capt.

Joshua Vazquez
Joshua Vazquez

Jeffrey Hickman of Kaneohe, who has 17 years of service as an executive officer ...

Kevin Arcambault
Kevin Arcambault

Just starting out, Joshua Vazquez (Kalaheo ‘05) and Kevin Arcambault of Waimanalo have completed Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ...

Malia Dong
Malia Dong

As Kailua High School seniors graduate next week, they will be armed with more than $1 million in college scholarships and awards, according the counseling center staff ... Kaneohe’s Malia Dong graduates this month from Willamette University in Oregon. But it doesn’t end there. She’s won a fellowship in plant research to Michigan State. Malia’s work in molecular biology zeroes in the role of a specific hormone in the tree tobacco plant. Just for balance, she’s also led the school dance team for two years, though research has become her passion. “I was kind of surprised,” she admits. “Research is very different than doing a biology lab in school. With research, there’s no wrong answer. You’re always asking questions about why this is working, or why this is not working” ... Kahaluu’s fashion consultant Gillian Armour can take a bow for her part in the successful Hawaii Opera Theatre Fashion Reprise, which recently brought in more than $35,000 in boutique sales proceeds for HOT ...

Makani Stormont of Maunawili Elementary is one of 16 student artists chosen by the Hawaii PTSA to represent the state at the National Reflections Art Program. Makani’s painting took first in visual arts (intermediate division) and won a special award for outstanding interpretation of the theme I Wonder Why We Dream. The local PTSA convention also honored Makani’s school-mates Adam Cobb, Emily Walker, Joseph Shinagawa (visual arts); Ian McCoy (music) and Emma Shinagawa (literature); and Aikahi Elementary’s Dustin Gaspar (photography) ... Beyond art is public service. A former Peace Corps worker to Gabon, Christiane Connors, has won a Hawaii Rotary 5000 District ambassadorial scholarship to the University of Sussex in England. The Georgetown U. honors graduate from Maunawili will study for her master’s degree in anthropology there next fall

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