Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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August 09, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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The Irish Hearts will play (and beat very fast) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at HPR’s Atherton Performing Art Studio (955-8821). Two key members are Kaneohe’s Lisa Gomes, who fiddles and sings, and Curtis Vandeloop of Kailua, who plays guitar, mandolin, cittern, bouzouki, whistle, bodhran, banjo - and sings ... Farewell to Gillian Armour, image and fashion consultant, who is moving from Kahaluu to Santa Fe, N.M., where the colors are just perfect for fall. Gillian has, however, published another eBook which “demystifies dress codes and appearance standards” for us all ... Sometimes Harold K.L. Castle extends his reach beyond Windward Oahu. His foundation recently gave $500,000 to Hawaii Baptist Academy to build a new middle school ... Yes, it’s true that money does come back from downtown Las Vegas sometimes. Recent slot winners include Paula Anotque of Kailua and Krystal Spears of Kaneohe, $10,000 each; and Bonifario DeFiesta of Kaneohe, $4,000 ...

Bernie Young
Bernie Young

Bernie Young can help them dispose of their winnings. The Kailua man has joined Windward Dodge Chrysler Jeep as a master sales and leasing specialist and is a 15-year veteran of the industry ... Kahaluu harbors movers and shakers of the Honolulu art scene. While David de la Torre works on improvements to Hawaii State Art Museum, his wife Georgianna Lagoria is celebrating the just-approved conditional use permit for the Contemporary Museum’s expansion plans in Makiki Heights. Georgianna, the muse-um’s director, says the new galleries will bring many treasures out of hiding. Now all she needs is about $23 million ... If you can’t manage that, how about cheap old tennis balls? Castle High needs them again - to put on chair “feet.” They can also use a chess timer for the new chess club, scrabble tiles, kitchen timers, a digital timer and clock, etc. Call Kathy Martin at 233-5379 ... If the school needs blood, Walter Soh‘s got it. The Kailua retiree donated 169 pints to Blood Bank over 50 years. He keeps his blood healthy by doing laps at the Kailua District Park pool daily, according to the Blood Bank newsletter ... The Windward Community FCU has announced its 2006 scholarship awardees: Everett Goto of Kailua High and Holly Jones of Kalaheo.

The credit union also broke ground at the Marine base recently for its new main office, and awarded member Rita Lindo a Big Island trip as the grand prize at its annual meeting ... Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Senee Forestcanada, a Philadelphia native, has won Chef of the Quarter at the Marine base for her creative Egyptian-themed menu at Anderson Dining Hall ... Not all military personnel were playing war games during RIMPAC. About 13 Marines and Sailors (possibly fortified by Senee’s gourmet fare) spent July 14 sprucing up the Weinberg homeless shelter in Waimanalo. They painted speed bumps, handicapped signs and basketball court lines. As Nino Miranda told the Hawaii Marine, “Most of the Marines feel they’ve done combat so it’s time to help out in other ways also” ...

Kevin Duong
Kevin Duong

Kevin Duong helps out. To earn his Eagle Scout rank, he organized a crew of volunteers to build six concrete campfire rings at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. After much digging and pouring, he earned his badge, and campers have a safer place to make their s’mores ... If you didn’t know it already, Lanikai photographer Susan Benay has an eye for images, as you’ll soon see when her first book comes out this month with the remarkable title Hawaiian Islands Frameable Photo Collection - Scenic Images by Susan Benay Suitable for Viewing Enjoyment or Framing. Next on her agenda with Mutual Publishing are photos for another book, Oahu Days, and later Maui Days

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