Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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October 25, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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As you read this, the Waimanalo Christian band, 7 Simple Pieces, has begun its one-month tour of Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom. According to founder Jonathan Calpito, the band’s goal is to spread aloha and its island-style Christian message. They will explore the meaning behind the hymn Amazing Grace -which will be videotaped for a film with other bands called The Beautiful Scandal of Amazing Grace. Look for blogs and updates at www.7simplepieces.com ...

Daniel Fischberg
Daniel Fischberg

Curious about the new addiction rehab center in his neighborhood, Curt Harada visited Hina Mauka years ago and left “wanting to help out in some way.” As controller at Hawaii Electric Industries, Curt soon slipped into the role of Hina Mauka’s treasurer. Now he’s chairman of its board and has another gift for the facility: The 2006 HEI President’s Excellence in Service Award, which goes to HEI employees who volunteer at nonprofits. The award came with a $1,000 gift to Curt’s favorite neighborhood charity ... John Westerdahl, director of wellness and lifestyle medicine at Castle Medical Center, leaves this month for a similarly healthy position at Murad Medical Spa’s Inclusive Health Center in Los Angeles ... Plenty of blossoms at Windward Orchid Society’s silent auction, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Ben Parker school (383-9487) ...

Anne Davis
Anne Davis

Kailua and Kahuku high students met with peers from 15 other schools Oct. 21 at Hawaii Tokai International College to discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict. Stay tuned for their solutions ... Kailua has a heart for hospice care, and not just because a Hospice Hawaii home is operating there. Two of HH’s outstanding people are Kailua residents: Dr. Daniel Fischberg was named HH’s 2006 Physician of the Year, earning praise for his concern, affection and responsiveness to patients. And Anne Davis is Volunteer of the Year for her 16 years of commitment. They say that busy Anne started early by caring for her siblings, then moved on to comfort a much larger world with her “calm, warm presence” ... With kalua turkey season in full gobble, Kailua High’s imu maestro Todd Hendricks wants folks to make sure they don’t jam more than 25 pounds of meat into their trays. Fifty pounds of laulau, as one hungry ohana hauled in, is just too much ... If it’s not too late, you can catch the OHA candidates forum, says Tony Sang (386-4045). It’s from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association building, 41-253 Ilauhole St. ... Wine will be flowing at Windward YMCA’s Hallo-Wine Tasting & Silent Auction at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Mid-Pac. Call Bill Stone at 261-0808 for $45 tickets ...

Kalaheo High’s Make a Difference Day Saturday will reach beyond the campus. PCNC Meg Gammon says they’re scouring the neighborhood to find chores students can do for homeowners. If you have a one-hour task suitable for energetic teens, call Meg at 236-4230. “We would be so happy, and so would the kids,” she says ... Speaking of energetic teens, Kailua High cheerleaders work the sidelines for more than Surfrider sports. The squad performed Sunday at a rally to kick off the Girl Scout cookie-selling season ... Emilio Dinson of Kaneohe has graduated from Army Reserve basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... Kailua’s Herb Lee was a hit with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters group that visited Waikalua Fishpond this past summer and had a great time cleaning the pond and learning the lore. “Mr. Lee told a great story that tied in the ancient Hawaiians with Bigs who mentor our keiki today,” explains Nate Fong, a Kahaluu resident who works for BB/BS. You see? They do much more than collect old clothes from your doorstep

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