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Carol Chang
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October 05, 2005 - MidWeek The Islander
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St. John Vianney Parish is saying farewell to Rev. Khanh Pham Nguyen. He’s moving on up the Pali to St. Stephen’s because Rev. Tom Gross is returning to SJV, since Bishop Larry Silva arrived to replace Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, who transferred to, well, you get the picture ... Antoinette “Toni” Martin received the 2005 UH Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching Sept. 13. A noted Kaneohe artist, Toni is professor of art at Windward Community College where she’s known for nurturing students to explore their potential in a fun and relaxed atmosphere ... Earlier this year, Enchanted Lake resident Bion Griffin won the UH Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award. The Manoa anthropology professor sits on dozens of graduate degree committees and supports his students in their research and careers. He even accompanied them last March on a study trip to Cambodia ... Kailua insurance executive

Jason Kott

Jason Kott has joined Atlas Insurance as its account executive in construction services, bringing eight years of property and casualty experience to the local company ... Kahaluu author Waimea Williams joins a dozen colleagues Oct. 11 to read from her work, which is printed in the latest journal from Bamboo Ridge. The reception starts at 7 p.m. in the UH Campus Center ballroom (626-1481) ... Kailua cadets Valerie Mossman, Kevin Sullivan, Stewart Sciulli and John Long, along with

Joshua Newman

Joshua Newman (Koolau Baptist Academy ‘04) have finished six weeks of basic training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which precedes their freshman year there ... Castle High’s home-coming queen Aisha Yamashiro just finished her royal week in the limelight, sharing it with Olympic medalist Bryan Clay, who visited his alma mater last Friday ... Another former Knight, Kutmaster Spaz, kicks off a year-long HMSA health campaign for teens, “Spaz’s go Challenge,” at 5 p.m. Friday at Kahala Mall. He’s pledging to lose 50 pounds in 12 months through “physical activity and proper eating” ...

Speaking of eating, Windward Mall’s Hot Dog on a Stickhas joined Kailua’s Big City Diner in the Oct. 5 “Dine for America” campaign, donating its proceeds that day to Red Cross hurricane victims ... Speaking of hot dogs, Jack Hufstetler‘s dog upstaged the South Pacific cast during a recent rehearsal in Paliku Theatre. The tech director’s pooch trotted onto the stage while Steve Wagenseller was singing Some Enchanted Evening to Nellie Forbush (Maryn Good). The dog plopped herself down next to Steve, thoroughly under his spell. (See page 7 for play info) ... Oops. South Pacific choreographer Tony Young is heading for Punahou, not Puohala, as its new P.E. teacher, as stated here Sept. 28 ... Manu Boyd‘s Kaneohe-based troupe, Halau O Ke A’ali’i Ku Makani, gives a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawaii Theatre (528-0506) ...

Hapaki Nakamura

Hapaki Nakamura (Kailua ‘05) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Bev O’Sullivan reports that the Friends of Kailua Library sent five boxes of children’s books to Louisiana for keiki in the Baton Rouge disaster center: “Each box contained a note saying ‘with aloha from the children of Hawaii to the children of Louisiana” ... The revived Kava Festival will unfold once again from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lyon Arboretum, featuring that special drink plus Kaneohe emcees Bruddah Sam and Lina Girl, and Windward music by Kupa’aina, Vaihi and many more ... Kailua artist Warren Stenberg‘s works are on view through Oct. 14 in the Kapiolani Community College Koa Gallery. Warren took first place, and fellow Windward artists Priscilla Hall and Phoebe Dylan honorable mentions in the Hawaii Artists Plein Air Painters Show, For Love of Nature

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