Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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November 29, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii gave its 2006 Wanda Tajiri Volunteer Award to Waimanalo’s Barbara and Terry Monahan at a special luncheon at the Willows. The couple has helped out both the NKFH and the Organ Donor Center for more than a decade ... Kahaluu singer Jan Brenner performs this Friday night with the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus during First Friday at the Hawaii State Art Museum. Kailua’s Andrew Meader serves as emcee (588-9099) ... Speaking of the state museum, master printmaker Shirley Hasenyager of Kailua has a serigraph print (Fern Forest) in the HSAM’s current show, Precious Resources: The Land and the Sea, featuring 50 artists through next July ...

Continuing the saga of those crazy Labradoodles, a coffee-and-cream colored trainee from Kauai named Vaughn has joined Dr. Tiffany Hamaguchi‘s Animal Assisted Therapy Program at the Hawaii State Hospital. Vaughn joins Star (of recent Islander fame), UB, Zane, Vita and Venus. Sounds like a law firm to me ... More dog news: Teddy the award-winning Kerry Blue Terrier (with Kailua human Heidi Cregor) has accepted an invitation to compete in the Eikanuba AKC National Championship in Long Beach, Calif., this weekend. Go, Teddy! ... Speaking of pets, Kaneohe’s professional pet photographer Stan Wright was busy last weekend at the Hawaiian Humane Society. It was a fundraiser, of course, where folks paid $20 to have pet photos taken with Santa Paws ...

Robin Miyamoto
Robin Miyamoto

2007 Hawaii Psychological Association president is psychologist Robin Miyamoto. She directs training at Waimanalo Community Health Center and Tripler. Past HPA president Thomas Cummings is a clinical psychologist at the Waimanalo center ... Ronald McDonald House Charities honored Kailua’s Kitty Lagareta Nov 18 at a gala Waikiki dinner. Now a UH regent, among other things, Kitty was a founding member and the group’s first volunteer executive director ... The city wants to keep your holiday FOG (fat, oil and grease) out of its sewer system. They even gave out free oil change boxes at the Kaneohe Foodland earlier this month. If you have questions about how to do it right, call James Baginski at 692-5590 ... Kaneohe physician and soloist Kalani Brady makes a healthy tenor statement in the 59th annual Handel’s Messiah concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Central Union Church (941-0957) ... Kailua artist Thomas Deir isn’t always pursuing calm, creative projects. On Nov. 13 he pursued a suspected thief, put an armlock on him and kept watch until police came. As reenacted for TV cameras, Thomas leaped to the aid of his Pohakupu neighbor whose mo-ped had been swiped.

“So we jumped into my truck and gave pursuit. We found them on Kalanianaole Highway, headed them off and chased them just past Castle hospital, where we forced them to stop.” A dash through the woods followed - Thomas now shirtless, shoeless and without his glasses - until he caught one of the two perps (cool lingo, yeah?). Just like the DOG, Thomas the artist gave the submissive teen a talking to about hanging out with the wrong crowd. “It was 20 minutes out of my day,” he recalls, “but it gave me peace of mind.” Thomas can also tell a good lawyer joke ... My husband (a retired lawyer) and I ended up on HPU’s nursing floor, as usual, on our way upstairs for The Lion in Winter. Queen Eleanor herself (Holly Holowach) showed us to the right floor. We passed a very pleasant evening watching the royals quarrel (375-1282) ... Bruno Escalante Jr., now a freshman on a boxing scholarship at Northern Michigan University, fought an amateur match last Friday in Wahiawa. The 112-pound Bruno trained at Waimanalo Gym and is a two-time champion in the sport


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