Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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June 14, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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You can soon let your fingers do the walking to Kayla Vainerere‘s artwork. The Kahuku Elementary School student took first place for grades 3 to 5 in Hawaiian Telcom’s Keiki Art Contest. Of 1,600 entries, only 100 were selected to be in the 2006-2007 Oahu yellow pages directory. Theme is “the meaning of ohana.” The HT ohana also gave her $100 and another $400 for her school ... Speaking of art, Page Chang has teamed up with Patrick Ching to offer art classes to children this summer at Patrick’s Naturally Hawaiian Art Gallery in Waimanalo. “We have a vision of providing affordable, accessible art for all kids,” says Page - including her 7-year-old daughter who has offered to be a special assistant. To move your child beyond the NCLB test-stress mode, call Page at 259-7851 and get the scoop on the six-week sessions. Quick! Some have started already ... No only is David Kawika Kahiapo singing all over town with the big acts and preaching on Sundays at Heeia State Park, he’s also working with Malama Hawaii to bring environmentally akamai curriculums (curricula?) to the state’s Hawaiian charter schools.

In fact they’re even paying the teachers who complete the free workshops, set for mid-July at Kokokahi YMCA ... Pvt. Lia K.M. Gomes of Kaneohe has graduated from a unit supply specialist course at Fort Lee, Va. ... Hina Mauka’s Andy Anderson (447-5227) wants to make sure everyone knows about the Waikiki conference July 14 on “Treating Addiction in the 21st Century,” co-sponsored by HMSA and the Windward drug rehab facility. The event features staff from the Hazelden Springbrook in Oregon, as well as local physicians and addiction specialists ... Artur Luckhaus really lucked out. The Kalaheo senior had the right key that turned on the 2000 Ford Focus, which he won from Mike McKenna at the school’s Project Graduation. Artur plans to attend Windward Community College, where there’s plenty of free parking, especially in the summer. (The car dealer rewards schools with good PG attendance.

Kalaheo had 214 out of 224 seniors at their party) ... Windward’s hard-working recycler Shannon Wood had it right when commenting on two looming seasonal phenomena: hurricanes and political campaigns. “I’m not sure which of the two seasons will generate the most hot air,” she says in a recent email ...

K. Kepilino-Perry
K. Kepilino-Perry

Keola Kepilino-Perry won Kalaheo High School’s $250 Olival Scholarship, named after Kathie Wells’ three sons who graduated from the school. It’s for a student who works hard, has a good attitude, overcomes obstacles, has good character, diligence and good work ethics. Wow! I’d like to meet you, Keola ... Kailua’s Robert and Becky Silva are becoming almost as visible as their busy children. They were in a TV commercial last year for the Hawaii Association of Mortgage Brokers and have been asked by pal Claude Phillips to do a sequel. Could they be the next Harry and Myra? ... Kaneohe’s Nancy Ortiz must be flipping out about now. It’s Salsa Week, and there’s someone shimmying every day to a lively band somewhere on this island. Just call her at 941-5216 or 285-0072 and find where the hottest spot is ... Waimanalo-raised Paula Fuga is having a very good month. She’s been singing with Jack Johnson - live and on the new Mana Maoli Vol. 2 and 3 CD set; plus her debut album, Lilikoi, is out in the stores and getting great reviews.

Check out the nose flute on track 12 ... Friends and colleagues gathered June 3 at Heeia Elementary School to unveil a portrait of the late Cindy Onizuka, who died of cancer in 2002. “Cindy was a sixth-grade teacher in science, but she probably was better known as our Title I teacher,” says PCNC Jennie Yee. “She actually instituted several programs that have since become very fine traditions at our school.” The framed studio portrait now hangs in the Title I classroom


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