Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 31, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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HECO spokeswoman Kaiulani de Silva has a gentle reminder for well-wishers at graduation ceremonies this weekend: “Helium-filled metallic balloons accounted for 22 power service interruptions in 2005” ... UH-Hilo professor Mark Panek‘s biography of Waimanalo’s sumo hero Chad Rowan came out earlier this spring, published by University of Hawaii Press under the title Gaijin Yokuzuna, A Biography of Chad Rowan ... Speaking of local history, the Hawaiian Historical Society has elected retired Campbell Estate trustee C. Dudley Pratt of Kailua as its president for 2006-2007 ... A supply sergeant at Kaneohe Marine base, Kristin Taft also supplies ace pitching to the All-Marine Softball Team. This is definitely a good year for Kristin. She is the base’s Woman Athlete of the Year and on July 28 will be honored as the top female athlete for the entire Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. ...

Malamalama o Ko’olau, the promotional newsletter of Windward Community College, won a 2005 Paragon Award silver medal (for two-year colleges) this spring from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. Responsible for the slick, colorful publication are editor Susan Lee, associate editor Libby Young and graphic designer Bonnie Beatson ... Jude Lampitelli of Kaneohe has been promoted from stage manager to production manager at Hawaii Theatre. Now Jude is seeking people to fill two stage manager vacancies! Send resumes to him at the theater ... Ivan Momoki of Kailua has reported for duty at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., with the Army Reserve ... When Kaneohe’s Ester Takakaura “Kiki” Mookini accepted the 2006 Mary Kawena Pukui Award from the West Honolulu Rotary Club May 12, it was as if the United Nations had convened at the Hawaii Prince Hotel banquet hall.

Jude Lampitelli
Jude Lampitelli

First of all, Kiki’s award honored her contribution to the Hawaiian language as a non-Native Hawaiian. Her award was preceded by a Hawaiian chant composed in her honor by Puakea Nogelmeier

Christina O’Dell
Christina O’Dell

(the 2005 winner of the same award). Her speech was in English, and it was translated in turn by Mikiya Yajima for the many Japanese Rotarians in attendance for the club’s anniversary ... Carie Ramey of Kaneohe has invented a personal hygiene device that may not be glamorous, but it’s very practical for home nursing. The Sani-Flush Stool Collection Kit is being promoted as “user-friendly” and a potential worldwide hit, or something that rhymes with that. Look for it soon at a store near you ... P.E.O. Chapter F of Honolulu gave Calvary Preschool director Christina O’Dell a $1,000 grant to pursue her master’s degree in curriculum studies at UH. Christina lives in Kaneohe, and she’s getting smarter all the time ... HPU cheerleader Brittany Hamocon, a freshman from Kailua, is featured in the current issue of Transition magazine, which is distributed to all public schools in the state. Brittany is also on the student advisory board for the new magazine for teens ...

Windward slot players were rewarded during recent visits to downtown Las Vegas slot machines: Stephanie Bowes of Waimanalo won a whopping $31,695, Richard Rees of Kaneohe $12,500, Paul Perry of Waimanalo $10,000, Richard Hirai of Kaneohe $4,774, Raymond Salcedo of Waimanalo $4,000 ... Maybe they can drop by to see Marty Phillips at her new antique shop venue, but they’ll have to make an appointment. Marty fought eviction by Kaneohe Ranch for months (with help from the Keep It Kailua folks), but finally closes the doors May 30 on Heritage Antiques after three decades in business. “I have an apartment on Kaneohe Bay Drive, where I’ll store my inventory,” she says. “Then I’ll go on eBay”

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