Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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June 21, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kailua resident Linda Paul, a longtime student of the seas and advocate for marine protections, was named 2006 Volunteer of the Year by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation on June 13 in Washington, D.C. Described as a tireless leader on behalf of coral reefs, marine animals and birds, Linda’s passion was launched with her UH graduate research on spiny lobsters. She also helped initiate the nomination of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands as a World Heritage Site with sanctuary status - which President George Bush endorsed three days after her award. In Linda’s view, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are “too fragile” for many human visits. The policy, she says, “is to bring the place to the people instead of the people to the place” ...

The Gallery at Ward Centre’s July exhibit includes two Windward talents, water colorist Cindy Conklin from Kaneohe and Ania Modzelewski, a Kailua artist who casts bronze figures ...

Branden Tanaka
Branden Tanaka

Branden Tanaka (Kailua ‘94) has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. So did Kenya Herlandiz (Castle ‘05) ... Ruby Tuesday restaurants donate $75 in gift cards per week to families in need through the Lokahi Tree Project. Maybe that’s where they all went during graduation weekend in Kaneohe. The place had a one-hour waiting list at 10 p.m.

June 3. Other late night eateries were just as busy. Graduate. Eat. Graduate. Eat ...

Speaking of food, in these uncertain times, we can find comfort in a no-nonsense statement from that bastion of wisdom, Chicken of the Sea. Its 6-ounce can of chunk light tuna reads: “The best tuna just got better, best by Nov. 26, 2009” ... Speaking of more food, five women and four men from Windward Oahu raced their way to a year’s supply of Jamba Juice smoothies in JJ’s annual Banana Man Chase June 10 for MDA. Healthy drinkers include Jacob Puzey of Laie (men’s 1st overall), and Kailua’s Matthew Stevens, Kensuke Taylor and Patrick Nakagawa; Nicole Anderson of Kailua (women’s 3rd overall), Keilani Wasson of Hauula, Jen Puzey of Laie, and Kaneohe’s Leilani Kaluhiokalani and Sandra Ferreira. We didn’t win anything, but my daughter and I beat a huge centipede across the finish line ...

Kaneohe’s Mark Lutwak will direct live tapings of HPR’s Aloha Shorts program July 1-2 on the Big Island ... Meanwhile, Mark’s wife has won a State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Award for Literature: Y York is a playwright with local and international commissions for her work, including the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. ...

Megan McCully
Megan McCully

Megan McCully of Kaneohe has won a $2,000 employee scholarship from Alexander & Baldwin to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Megan’s dad, Paul, is a Matson sales rep ... Kailua High’s Kahea Chang and Jolyn Medeiros-Baily took first place in their divisions at the ‘Olelo Makamae Hawaiian Language Competition May 6 at Pearlridge Center. Kaina Chang took second and Tuesday DeRego won a third-place award ... Members of His Highest Praise church in Kailua will perform a free concert at 1 p.m. Sunday on the Ward Warehouse stage ... Kailua’s Brett Silva, once a Hawaiian Island calendar boy and aspiring filmmaker, has switched to finance and hired on as a junior loan officer with a Norwalk, Ca., mortgage company. Meanwhile, brother Bobby is nearby but stayed with his acting career, appearing in two recent films: Today You Die with Steven Seagal (2005) and the not-yet released Reno 911 - the Movie  

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