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Carol Chang
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November 22, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Well-known in Kailua for his Portuguese baking skills, Non DeMello altered his cooking theme a little for Emmanuel Church’s Chocolate Extravaganza Nov. 11. He produced deep-fried brownies for the grazing crowd. “Another thing that’s making the rounds at mainland carnivals,” Non notes, “is deep-fried Snickers.”

According to event co-chair Jane Tonokawa, the benefit attracted 300 people and netted $10,000 for local charities and the church ... Hannah Skaggs, the 8-year-old Kailua girl who crusaded recently for more doing and less watching (TV) for kids, has declared her “No Screen Day” campaign a great success. “I passed out fliers and spoke to over 2,000 kids,” she reports, “and we got over 600 kids to participate” ...

Jason Caro
Jason Caro
Joseph Adams
Joseph Adams
Kepihi Perez
Kepihi Perez

Joseph Adams (Kailua ‘06) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. So has Jason Caro (Castle ‘03) and Kepihi Perez of Waimanalo ... Coe College student Deborah Kwan (Kalaheo ‘04) is spending this school year in China in an accredited off-campus study program sponsored by her Iowa school ...

Stephanie Nakamura of Kaneohe has received her BS in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley ... Kaneohe Ranch CEO Mitch D’Olier was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser at a National Philanthropy Day luncheon last week in Waikiki. As the Aloha chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals stated, Mitch has “an exceptional ability to motivate others.” That’s what it takes ... Kailua director and actor Sharon Adair can tell you that Aging Is Not for Sissies, because she’s in the funny, poignant show of monologues with five other pros at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27 at Kumu Kahua Theatre (536-4441) ... Earning AP Scholar status for their high scores on advanced placement exams are Kalaheo students Elodie Banel, Anthony Braekevelt, Dean Henze, Michele Ingari and Christina Stephens ... Update on 7 Simple Pieces: The Waimanalo band’s second CD, Got Aloha?, is now out in the music stores ... Still more Oklahoma! gossip: Paliku Theatre musical director John Bryan is away on a one-year contract with Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan - or so everyone thought until the Nov. 11 performance. John made a surprise entrance, in the flesh, at the end of the musical to many hugs, kisses and tears. Just one more fan who made this production the most sold-out show since the theater opened ...

Here’s an interesting match: state Rep. Ken Ito was to share lunch counter duty last Friday with Fernando the Love Machine of 101.9 FM radio at the Windward City McDonald’s, raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities ... Hawaii State Art Museum’s next Art Lunch lecture is called “Patrick Ching‘s Artistic Discoveries,” starring Waimanalo’s own multi-talented artist at noon Nov. 28. Patrick will also throw his annual Christmas Party/Sale Dec. 2 at Naturally Hawaiian Gallery & Gifts ... Ann Young, who’s a fixture at Bookends in Kailua, has become a grandmother in a big way, courtesy of her son Brian and daughter Jennifer. Each decided (ha!) to produce a grandson for her and husband Don on the same day at the same hospital. The excited lady hustling between rooms was the talk of the nurses’station Oct. 20 at Castle’s Birthing Center ... Look out! MidWeek editor Don Chapman is playing a round of golf today (Nov. 22) with comedian Lewis Black at Mid-Pac

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