Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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December 27, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Musicians nearly always have a day job, and Jon Koki is no exception. Every Saturday night he entertains with his acoustic guitar and smooth voice at Chao Phya Thai in Windward City Shopping Center. But by day Jon works as community services coordinator for Ho’opono, the state Department of Human Services program for the blind ... U.S. Rep. Ed Case has announced his list of nominees for U.S. military academies, which includes four Windward students. Kalaheo’s Jessica Geltmacher and Jed Lifa are both alternate nominees for West Point. Jessica is also listed by Case for the Merchant Marine Academy and an alternate for the Air Force Academy.


James Bashford of Kahuku High is a principal nominee for West Point; Michael Gomez, a McKinley High student from Kaneohe, is up for the Merchant Marines and is a competitive nominee for the U.S. Naval Academy ... Hawaii Pacific University recently promoted Kaneohe resident John Fleckles from regular vice president to senior vice president of academic affairs. John was a history professor at Hawaii Loa College before it merged with HPU in 1992 ... News tip from the past: Kailua resident Elnora Guieb won a neighbor island trip when Finance Factors drew her name at the “I Love Kailua Town Party” in April. I just found the announcement in my “files” this week.

John Fleckles
John Fleckles

Hmmm. Time to organize the cubicle ...

Planning a budget wedding? Val Haole may still have a lovely wedding dress at St. Anthony’s Thrift Shop - straight off the rack for around $10. It created quite a stir at the thrift shop fashion show earlier this month ... If the newly planted roundabout in Olomana was a pleasant surprise to you, give credit to the hands of Pastor Justin and Sarah Mynatt and their flock from EastSide Christian Fellowship, which meets at

Laurel Schatz
Laurel Schatz

Maunawili Elementary School. Justin doubles as a landscaper, by the way ... Laurel Schatz of Kaneohe has been promoted to assistant vice president and construction loan administrator at Central Pacific Bank. She’s got two decades of experience behind her in the field ... Kailua educator Michael Chu has changed saints. The former St. John Vianney headmaster is now teaching religion to the high school set at St. Francis School in Manoa ... Oops, I forgot the special “K” in last week’s column. It’s the New York Knicks, not Nicks ... Pastor Kevin Akana says his flock has returned to the mauka side of Kamehameha Highway after an energetic campaign to raise enough money to buy Noriko’s. They came up short, he admits, “but we learned a lot and we’re moving in the right direction.” Windward Baptist Chapel now plans to renovate one of its own buildings by Hygienic Store for its Rebuilders Addictions Ministry ... You can hear Kailua’s Mihana Souza, Aima McManus and Luana McKenney of Puamana at 6 p.m. Jan. 6 (KHPR) and 7 (KIPO) in the national broadcast of Hawaii’s recent Prairie Home Companion road show with Garrison Keillor ...


Art of a different kind: Ernie and JoDee Hunt‘s One Night Stand downtown at First Friday will again showcase Windward artists, this time from Daunna Yanoviak‘s art studio, from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 5: Mike Kelso, Marlene Nalani, Lisa Kelso, Renee Westergaard, Andre Yanoviak, Rebecca Kelso, Jeff Smith, Sonja Smith, Michelle Tamayose, Gerry Jobes and Anne Sage - and much more ... If anyone feels like playing golf on New Year’s Day, the Kahuku course is open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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