Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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January 03, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Speaking for the American Lung Association of Hawaii, Debbie Odo likes to point out that Daniel Craig, the new James Bond, doesn’t smoke on screen, no matter how stressful life becomes in Casino Royale, making him a great role model for folks who want to kick the nicotine habit in 2007. For local help, call Debbie at 537-5966, ext. 216. For chasing down international bad guys, call 007 ... Speaking of fitness, Kalani and Shanna Ng are bringing their Hawaii Adventure Boot Camp for Women to Kalani’s hometown of Kailua, starting promptly at 5:30 a.m. Jan. 8. He claims that women of all ages will be running, jumping, toning, training and losing that holiday weight by the time the camp is pau Feb. 2 (382-9416) ... Speaking of extra weight, Greg Rex lost 55 pounds and six waist sizes in nine weeks four years ago, and holding. You can hear his story Thursday at Castle Wellness Center (see calendar) ... Rob Nelson, director of the San Diego Golf Academy based at Koolau Golf Club, received the 2006 Aloha Section PGA Horton Smith Award last month for his “outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education” ... David Lui-Yuen (Kailua ‘06) has graduated from Army Reserve basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... Kailua wood artist Ron Kent is the focus of the Hawaii State Art Museum’s free Artlunch lecture at noon Jan. 30. Ron is known for his creations from Norfolk Island pine - a talent that was born when his wife Myrna gave him a lathe for Christmas in 1972 ... Sandra Krawciw of Kailua won $50 in the Oahu Arts Center writing contest for her third-place poetry entry, Back to His Horses ... Wally Amos reads on TV as well as in his Chip & Cookie shop. You can view his stories Saturday and Sunday mornings on KHET’s Keiki Corner ...

Former state Rep. Brian Schatz of Kailua has received the Legislator of the Year award from the Hawaii Psychological Association for his “outstanding support for mental health in the state and contributions to psychology” ... Eugene Graham (Kalaheo ‘06) has completed Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga.; and Aimee Ferreira of Kailua and Malia Siangco (Castle ‘06) have done the same with the Army National Guard at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... Kailua siblings Christina and Scott Pirscher have been named Collegiate All-American Scholars by the United States Achievement Academy for their 3.3 or higher gpa. They were nominated by their Kapiolani Community College dean, Louise Pagotto, and they will be listed in the academy’s yearbook ... Speaking of education, Windward rep John Penebacker has been elected first vice chairman of the state Board of Education - a post he once held two decades ago before joining the state library system for an 18-year career ... Kailua’s Joyce Maltby steps out from her HPU director’s chair to perform in Aging Is Not for Sissies with five other talented, mature female actors. Psychologist Pratibha Eastwood created the collection of “funny and poignant” monologues to show that being over 60 does not mean you’re over the hill. Shows are at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 and 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Temple Emanu-El on Pali Highway and Feb. 4 at Kumu Kahua Theatre (595-4673) ... Lanikai’s Alissa Arp will receive Hawaii Pacific University’s highest award, the Fellow of the Pacific, at the school’s commencement ceremony Jan. 10, where she will also deliver the address. The award honors her outstanding leadership, research and contributions to higher education, and her service and dedication to the community. Alissa, who has her Ph.D. in biology, is vice president for research and dean of HPU’s College of Natural Sciences where she is expanding graduate programs and partnerships as fast as fish can swim with Oceanic Institute ... Also at HPU’s Waikiki Shell ceremony, Kailua native Kyle Galdeira is one of three valedictorians on the podium. Kyle is to receive his bachelor’s degree in journalism and will represent the on-campus degree program at the event ... Can’t make it to the HPU graduation? Head for the O Lounge on Jan. 2 instead where Kailua’s own Coconut Joe quartet creates a mellow mood of “folk rock jazz” from 6 to 9 p.m. ... St. Ann’s new associate pastor is Father Benny Kosasih from Indonesia, an 80 percent Muslim nation with a thriving Sacred Hearts seminary

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