Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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June 07, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Bug man update: On Lee Goff‘s date planner recently were speeches to the UC-Santa Barbara faculty and to the European Association for Forensic Entomology in Bari, Italy. The University of Bari presented Lee (a Chaminade prof from Kaneohe) with a medal recognizing his contributions to forensic entomology ... Jerson Aglugub (Castle ‘94, Heald College ‘97) participated in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March recently at White Sands Missile Range. The grueling event took him (and 3,900 others) through New Mexico’s high desert to honor the brave Filipinos who suffered through the forced march during World War II. Aglugub is a medical specialist assigned to the U.S. Army Health Clinic at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. His father in-law is Ben Cayetano ... It’s not too early to mark the Windward Hoolaulea on your calendar: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 16 ...


I hope Kiki Mookini will forgive me for spelling her first name, Esther, wrong in last week’s column. I was so caught up in the multilingual moment, I bumped the H ... Allina Yang and Ijfke (that’s what it says) Ridgely of Kaneohe have graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. ... Hoping to bring more Hawaii brain power to its Moscow campus, the University of Idaho has awarded scholarships to Jeremy Castillo of Kaneohe and Grace Toyomura of Kailua, two of five potential students from the state to be so honored ...

Billy Sullivan
Billy Sullivan

A trio of Kailua students graduate this week from the U.S. Air Force Academy: Billy Sullivan,

Carly Omizo
Carly Omizo

Carly Omizo and Kimo Yamashiro. Lucky Carly will be stationed at Hickam, which the boys head for flight school ... Amanda Johnson graduated in style from Kahuku High School last week. She won a 2001 Ford Taurus, presented by McKenna Windward Ford/Mazda president Mark Caliri, in the wee hours of June 2 at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. The class of 2006 had 98 percent attendance at its Project Graduation party there, and Amanda held the right key to start the car, which was McKenna’s incentive prize for the event ... The best words for moms belong to Thomas Manago of Puohala, Jason Yoshida of King Intermediate, and Tawny DeMello of St. Mark Lutheran, who were tops in their age groups for Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center’s Mother’s Day Essay Contest. Now, kids, get ready to do the same for your dads ... Adviser Katrina Valdez is proud of her Castle High yearbook staff. The 2006 Kaulana took first in “best overall” category of the state high school yearbook competition ... St. Anthony’s School eighth-grader Kinoa Scheer jumped into helping mode with both feet, winning the top award (from Pali Lions Club) for 347 hours of community service ...


Won is the perfect last name for Matthew Won, a Kaneohe student who just graduated from Macalester College. He won the Lowell Thomas Endowed Prize in Public Speaking at the Honors Convocation during Senior Week at the St. Paul, Minn., school ... The University of Portland has three Kaneohe students on its spring semester dean’s list: senior Erin Pinho, freshman Marisa Hayashi and sophomore Julia Narhi. Rainy weather helps the study habits, yeah? ... Windward singer Anelaikalani and bands Kapena and Kupa’aina entertained June 3 at the E Malama I Ke Kai Ocean Awareness Festival at Kapiolani Park ... The Kaneohe Marine base had a special visitor recently: Sonatane Tu’akinamolahi, Tonga’s minister of foreign affairs and defense arrived May 2 to see where and how his troops will be training

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