Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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September 27, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kailua author and librarian Dee Buckingham has a new book out, the historical novel Poisoned Palms: The Murder of Mrs. Jane Lathrop Stanford as seen through the eyes of a hapa haole woman. For the record, Jane Stanford founded Stanford University with her husband, and died under mysterious circumstances in 1905 at the Moana Hotel in Waikiki ... Ahuimanu artist/photographer Bonnie McCann has begun selling her island photographs online through BoundlessGallery.com. No need to seek her out on a wall in a shop - just click away, as one paying customer from Illinois did ... Speaking of Windward artists, hostess JoDee Hunt‘s First Friday venue in the Mendonca Courtyard downtown has these talents on tap for the Oct. 6 event: Donna Matichuk, Deborah Pacheco, Marti Wiese Rounds, Ela Zapf, Jeanne Nichols, Arthur Nelander and Dean Powell ... Speaking of Windward going downtown, Geoff Lee of Island Glassworks in Kailua will have his own show of handblown glass, surface:color:form, beginning Oct. 5 at Bethel Street gallery downtown ...

Brad Goda took the photo of Y York that appeared in last week’s issue, and Y’s husband Mark Lutwak provided the image to us. Smile provided by Y herself ... Emeritus professor of accounting Donald Corbin of Kaneohe and his wife Martha established the Corbin Professorship at UH-Manoa, and now the accounting firm of KMH LLP has donated $50,000 to it. A highly regarded economist as well, Donald continues to advise the school and help fine-tune its curriculum ... Speaking of tunes, Kaneohe’s Ernest Yamaguchi is music director for Army Community Theatre’s Annie. Curtain goes up Nov. 16 ... Kailua registered nurse Gail Smith has earned the 2006 Queen’s Medical Center Nursing Excellence Award for research and evidence-based practice. Gail has been at Queen’s for all of her 23-year career and has been especially valuable to the hospital’s chemotherapy unit ... Kailua’s Bob Rogers and the Coconut Joe band have scenic island photos to go with their music (feast for eyes and ears) from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the O Lounge in Honolulu ... Kahaluu Elementary School’s new VISTA volunteer, Cassandra Aoki, is concerned about the low reading skills of dozens of students, but she knows what helps the most: You. “You can help make a difference for a child by volunteering to read at least one to two hours per week for eight weeks.” The key is trust and encouragement, Cassandra says. Answer the call at 239-2084 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). She’ll even train you ...

The self-described Arab Rebel Yankee Haole Charles Memminger of Kaneohe has penned another chuckler, Hey Waiter, There’s an Umbrella in my Drink! If you like his columns in the Star-Bulletin, here are the best of them in a neat little package with strange but colorful drawings on the cover ... UH Rainbow dancer Ashley Layfield is spending an awful lot of time inside Paliku Theatre. Her main gig is assisting choreographer Marcelo Pacleb with the dance numbers for Oklahoma! which opens there Oct. 13. But last weekend she also competed in the Miss Kahala/Miss East Oahu Pageant, also on the WCC stage ... Alan Lloyd is calling the Norwegian Cruise Lines home for the next couple of weeks as he and Betty depart on yet another working vacation. The Lanikai photographer, pilot and world traveler will be paid to lecture and show his “air shots/ground shots” of Hawaii to passengers between here and L.A. Alan is quite proud of his images of the Kilauea Iki eruption: “It’s the best you’ve ever seen,” he says. Bon voyage, Alan ... Courage to Live: The Story of Charlie and Lucy Wedemeyer is now out on DVD, for those of you who missed the TV broadcast of the much-admired Punahou high school sweethearts with Kailua roots

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