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Carol Chang
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July 12, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Honolulu attorney Shannon Wack was honored by Volunteer Legal Services recently for pro bono work at the Waimanalo and Waipahu legal clinics (300 hours in five years). So much so, Shannon has earned the nickname “Waimanalo Wonder” ... During a worship service at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church July 4, the small children of Army Sgt. Eugene Williams, Mya and Monica, received the Gold Medal of Remembrance from U.S. Sens. Dan Akaka and Dan Inouye. The girls and their mother Brandy then joined the senators in the Kailua parade. Sgt. Williams was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in March of 2003 ...

Kailua native (now living on Maui) Ilima Loomis has a rip-roaring new book out from Island Heritage titled Rough Riders: Hawaii’s Paniolo and their Stories ... Students Andrew Dexter of Kaneohe and Patrick Nakagawa of Kailua made the spring dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. ... And not far away from them, Kaneohe’s Brad Yuen earned a place on the spring dean’s list for Boston University ... Ahuimanu Elementary School sixth-grader Caden Waidyatilleka plays the Artful Dodger in HEARTS’ production of Oliver, now on stage at Paliku Theatre (see calendar) ...

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Kailua High student athletes, twin sisters Marie and Joelle Tanaka, are among 35 youths nationwide to be awarded $5,000 scholarships for 2006 from the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation. Marie was the Surfriders’ Tennis Athlete of the Year and plans to study business at UH-Manoa. Joelle, a three-sport athlete, is heading for nursing studies at Chaminade University ... If you happen to run into Byrde Cestare this week, chances are she’ll be reciting the mantra “Come early, shop often.” And your last chance to do so ends at noon on Saturday. We’re talking about 100,000 books at the Friends of the Library of Hawaii’s annual book sale now going on in the McKinley High School cafeteria. Byrde, a Lanikai resident, is executive director of the Friends ... A highlight for many attending the June 29 benefit at Koolau Ballroom for Pacific Rim Bible College: Pastor Wayne Cordeiro and Melveen Leed and friends performing a bilingual rendition of How Great Thou Art to close the event ... Once a month (second Friday, 7 p.m.), Kailua librarian Vickie Dworkin gets together with puppets and humans at the Kalihi-Palama Library to hone storytelling skills. If you, or a puppet you know, are bursting with a good tale to tell, call her at 262-2049 ...

With school opening July 31, Ahuimanu Elementary principal Anne Marie Duca is desperately seeking a crossing guard. HPD (529-3506) trains and pays adults to monitor children’s comings and goings at the schools. But Anne Marie (239-3125) would also welcome volunteer help. “We had a wonderful grandmother who offered her help when we didn’t need her,” she recalls wistfully. “So she went to another school, and now we can’t steal her back!” ... Excuse my pronoun: Letani Peltier, Windward Oahu’s latest graduate of University of Puget Sound, is a boy not a girl ... Suzanne Jones, the city’s recycling guru, humbly suggests that people flatten their corrugated boxes before tossing them into the city recycling bins. “It leaves more room in the bins,” she says. “All that air space means the trucks have to haul more frequently” ... BYU-Hawaii was top-heavy with coaching talent last week during Education 1st’s Game Plan Football Camp and Clinic. Among the participants were Tennessee Titans coach Norm Chow, and UH Warriors coaches June Jones and Dan Morrison. According to director Asai Gilman, this year’s camp and clinic attracted 400 youths from all over Oahu  

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