Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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December 06, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kaneohe social worker Sue Cromer heads for Hong Kong Dec. 10-14, where she’ll speak to an international conference of her peers. Her topic is one she works on every day: “Treating People with Substance Abuse and Mental Illness at Hawaii State Hospital” ... Kailua’s Linda Giles, owner of LifeInspired, was recognized last month by the BOE for her support of public education via talks she’s given that “generate motivation and boost morale as you share your gift of enthusiasm, secrets of success and overall positive outlook on education and life” ... If that’s not enough inspiration, Brian Ross of Kaneohe has published some spiritual principles for you to consider in Talking to God without Calling Long Distance. Contact him by e-mail, not long distance, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ...

Speaking of Rosses, Dr. Michelle Ross-King of Kaneohe has joined Aloha Critical Care Associates, a private partnership of intensivists at the Queen’s Medical Center ...

Jonathan Koki
Jonathan Koki

Jonathan Koki (Castle ‘06) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Shannon Wood has been tapped for training by The Climate Project, founded by Al Gore to prepare 1,000 people to spread the word about global warming, as outlined in his film, An Inconvenient Truth. The Kailua environmental advocate will get schooled Jan. 4-6 in Gore Country (Nashville, Tenn.) ... Kailua Surfrider band director Henry Fu wants you at the band’s winter concert (see calendar). Why? It’s free, and the students are playing “some really cool pieces” ... Speaking of music, the Kainalu Chorus performs at 1 p.m.

Paul Berlanger
Paul Berlanger

Saturday at Pearlridge Center near Crazy Shirts ... Paul Berlanger is the Volunteer Leader of 2006, honored recently by the Network of Volunteer Leaders. The Kailua man is executive director of the Pearl Harbor Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which takes him all over the Pacific doing relief casework, training other volunteers, and helping them with computer setups. Paul’s been running municipal, non-profit and other volunteer programs for decades. For a living he runs Hawaii Management Innovations, but still makes time to sing with the Honolulu Symphony Chorus ... Slow down and look for the “Live and Let Live” signwavers against speeding from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at Castle Junction by Kaneohe Ranch. Better yet, bring your own sign and join them by calling Officer Herbert Lau at 247-0748 ...

Perhaps the busiest caroler on the island is Mayor Mufi Hannemann. Kaneohe got a sample on Nov. 30 when Mufi sang and lit the lights at the first Windward City Lights Festival by the police and fire stations. Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, which set up the plantation-themed decor by the police station, provided punch and 600 cookies for the crowd ... Gov. Linda Lingle proclaimed (she did not sing it) American Association of University Women Day on Nov. 28, which was the 125th anniversary of the national organization. The Windward AAUW branch, by the way, has given more than $67,000 in scholarships to Windward women since 1970 ... Spirit of the season: Director Larry Trela takes the King Intermediate band to the Hawaii State Hospital gym Thursday for its annual holiday star-lighting concert for patients and staff. And Sunday St. Christopher’s Church will host its 28th holiday dinner and caroling for HSH patients ... The Japan Religious Committee for World Federation is at the Marine base Dec. 5 to visit the marker of Japanese Zero pilot Lt. Fusata Iida, the Klippers Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial

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