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Carol Chang
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October 18, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Homecoming at Kalaheo took on a deeper meaning than most this year as the Mustangs welcomed back eight alumni returning from Army National Guard duties in Afghanistan. Stepping out of a humvee onto the football field were Nicholas Stecz (‘03), Jarret Atkins and Brian Schutter (‘01); Ryan Baqui (‘00), Michael Moore (‘99), Courtney Vares-Lum (‘85), Lisa Dias (‘84) and Samuel Simon (‘83) ... Related to that mission, Kalaheo also honored Christine Snyder (‘87) by dedicating a memorial stone and plaque in her honor in front of “A” building. Ameron Hawaii donated the stones, the plaque, and the manpower to design and install it last month. Christine perished on United flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 ...

It was a brisk business while it lasted. Heeia Fishpond’s first fish harvest sold out in half an hour Sept. 16, helped by wide publicity and the popularity of its product - pond-raised moi. According to Paepae O Heeia’s development director Keli’i Kotubetey, the sale of 545 pounds of the fish “netted” more than $4,000 to support the group’s pond restoration efforts. And those fingerlings were only nine months in the pond ... Meanwhile, next door at King Intermediate, principal Cynthia Chun is harvesting ideas for the school’s Academic and Financial Plan, and she’ll be listening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 17) in the school library as the School Community Council meets. Cynthia also urges students to cross the highway at the new traffic light. It’s safer and less expensive than jaywalking (a $70 fine) ... Busy executives like Mitch D’Olier and Takao Yasuda don’t really have to cut fences - the cutting was done prior to the Oct. 6 ceremony and held together with little plastic twistees for the big event. All the CEOs needed to do was snip the ties with their little scissors. Castle Foundation vp Terry George did his part too: He pronounced the 3-2-1 countdown ... His songs may be immortal, but Jesse Kalima was not there in person to watch his granddaughter Pomai perform on opening night of Oklahoma!, as mentioned in last week’s column. Jesse died in 1980 ... Kutmaster Spaz sprang on the scene at a Kailua High pep rally last week, preaching the HMSA motto of “get up, get out and get active.” The Castle High graduate, performer and DJ has adopted the motto as his own and is spreading it across the island ... Speaking of eating, Castle High cafeteria manager Monique Takahashi needs more adult volunteers on her lunch line, and it comes with a free lunch (yes, there is such a thing). Call 233-5628 ... Joann Chisholm of Hauula has been promoted to the “Millionaire Team” of independent distributors for Herbalife, qualifying her for more training, paid vacations and other travel opportunities ... Tony Ader, assistant manager of the Kaneohe Safeway, coordinated the grocery chain’s recent statewide fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which earned $47,622 for MDA. All the Hawaii stores did was ask customers if they’d like to give a dollar to MDA ... If you heard blood-curdling screams and loud boos coming from Bellows last weekend, it wasn’t maneuvers. The station hosted its eighth annual pre-Halloween “Boo Fest” for thousands of little spooks ...

Speaking of Halloween, Kailua’s Joan Harris is getting ready for her favorite feline show: The Aloha Cat Fanciers Halloween Cat Show (Oct. 28 at McCoy Pavilion). “This year, we have an additional treat,” she says: “Cats in costume.” An artist will determine the Most Original and Appropriate costume. Just plain black is good enough for me ... Castle yearbook advisor Katrina Valdez has learned that the 2006 Kaulana is a silver medalist with special honors in concept and coverage in a national competition sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association ... The KEY Project drop-in center is still talking about its “music with a message” series in August, where musicians came to talk story with the youths about drugs and life skills. One great program souvenir was a spontaneous gift from Kapono himself - an autographed guitar for the kids to use

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