Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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August 02, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kailua resident Eric Yamamoto will be honored Friday by the Japanese American Citizens League. For decades, the nationally recognized UH law professor has championed civil rights and racial justice, including the Japanese internment case which led to reparations ... Speaking of justice, Kaneohe residents Christyna Ivers and Simon Hamilton are devastated by the disappearance of their pet Bengal cat, Braveheart, and they suspect a neighbor. The couple is trying to raise a reward of $10,000 for information about the cat. “Animals heal people in emotional crisis,” says Christyna, “and they are companions for the elderly and infirm; they fight crime, serve their country and assist as therapeutic aides.” Call 343-1348 or 345-0537 ... A Windward port in the First Friday storm can be found at the Mendonca building courtyard from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4. Familiar faces and works from our side of the island are right there in Chinatown at the free show, One Night Stand.

New this time are Warren Stenberg, Dexter Doi, Carol D’angelo and Dhyana Zagri ... Financial adviser Marc Langevin of Kailua is back from three weeks with his Marine Corps Reserve unit in Australia, conducting high altitude parachute operations (jumps?) ... Windward artists Emily Vergara and Roy Ventner had a hand in design touches for Hank Taufausau‘s new jazz club, The Dragon Upstairs. Located above Hank’s in Chinatown, the club’s recent grand opening was also attended by Kailua’s Libby and Paul Tomar, plus Floyd Vergara and Bob Apisa (stunt actor, NFL great and former Kaneohe resident) ... An author of spiritual books and newsletters, Kailua’s Mara Marin has come out with a new volume, Be Still and Know published by DeVorss & Co. Need inspiration on the journey, pilgrims? It’s at Bookends in Kailua, Amazon.com, etc., or contact her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ... Kailua’s IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre will open ceremonies for Hawaii International Forgiveness Day at 3 p.m. Sunday with Passage into Tomorrow, described as insight into nuclear destruction. Kailua psychiatrist Jerry Jampolsky and Diane Cirincione, Ph.D., are hosts. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, it’s at Central Union Church. Please forgive me ... Heide & Cook has promoted

Mel Sato
Mel Sato

Mel Sato of Kailua to chief estimator. A handy guy to know, he’s the one who tells you how much it will cost to fix your air conditioning ... Belated congratulations to Norma Gorst and Wendy Pollitt, Windward writers who triumphed in the 2006 Lorin Tarr Gill writing competition. Norma took first in poetry ($150 prize) and Wendy was third ($75) for nonfiction ... With ERs handling bigger and bigger crowds, it helps to encourage students into that medical specialty. The Hawaii Emergency Physicians and Castle Medical Center recently presented $1,000 scholarships to Kahuku High’s Vincent Domingo, Kailua High’s Kanaaiaupuni Kanahele, Castle High’s Ryan Cuaresma and Kalaheo’s Keola Kepilino-Perry ...

Noah Aton
Noah Aton

Noah Aton (Kalaheo ‘04) has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... The 22nd annual Ka Himeni Ana contest offers a dozen entries this year - and at least five with a Windward Oahu base - on the Hawaii Theatre stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 12. Singing old style (without mikes) are Ualei (including Kukaho’omalu Souza of Kailua), Ho’omalie (with Kailua’s Lopaka Hoopii), Na Pulama ia (with Kaneohe’s Kahalelaukoa Alexander), Pomaika’i (with Kaneohe’s Ron Loo); and Kahele, Fitch & Erickson (with Doug Fitch of Kailua). To find out more, call 528-0506

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