Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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January 10, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kaiser Koolau Clinic physician Vernon Ansdell is recruiting doctors for an Aloha Medical Mission to Micronesia. The group will accompany the Hokule’a on its voyage honoring native Micronesian Mau Piailug. Supplies and money are also welcome. The mission departs this month. To offer help, contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ... Everything from tofu cooking to auto body repair is on the menu of spring courses available for curious minds at the Windward School for Adults. Principal Gary Takaki recommends signing up now at the Kalaheo High School office before it’s too late (see calendar) ... As a finalist for Hawaii Librarian of the Year, children’s librarian Nina O’Donnell brought back a monetary award to her home base at Waimanalo Library, following the Friends of the Library’s recent recognition ceremonies in Honolulu. Dedication, enthusiasm and commitment are her honored traits, they said, but Nina also has a good eye for gemstones.

She and her husband Jim operate their own jewelry-making enterprise in Kailua ... The city’s Customer Services director, Jeff Coelho, has joined the “Lose to Win” team weight-loss challenge, which is a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation-Hawaii. The Kailua resident was scheduled to step onto the giant truck scales with dozens of others on Jan. 9 to kick off the event, and progress reports are due March 10. The foundation recently announced Jeff as among “the 45 prominent Hawaii people from slightly chubby to really overweight” who are committed to the cause. Go, Jeff! ... Artist Mary Ott, a student at St. Anthony School in Kailua, has placed third in the Lions District 50 (statewide) International Peace Poster Contest ...

Kevin Chang
Kevin Chang

If it’s not too late, you can catch Hawaii Public Radio’s “live taping” of Aloha Shorts at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in its Atherton studio on Kaheka Street (955-8821). Kaneohe’s Mark Lutwak directs the readings of original short stories, his wife Y York reads one of the selections, and Kevin Chang, Stan Tibayan and Kalama Cabigon of the Windward band Kupa’aina (including Mark) will play some original music in the show. A versatile fellow that I know well, Kevin (Castle ‘90), will also lecture on basic copyright protection to a group of Hilo students this month in a Volunteer Legal Services outreach. His last trip to Hilo featured his law lecture followed by the music of Brittni Paiva ... More at the Atherton: Kaneohe vocalist Louise South (who also directs the Ahuimanu Elementary School chorus among many other musical activities) will perform there at 7:30 p.m Jan. 27 in Art Song Hana Hou, produced by Kailua resident Gary Hickling ... More Windward art: Kaneohe’s Rose Ellen Chin has her paintings on view at the Louis Vuitton Creative Art Gallery at Rehab Hospital through the end of February ... How many “communications” can you count in this item?

Ken Cheung, a civil engineer from Kailua, will speak to a roomful of telecommunications specialists on Jan. 24 regarding low-profile antennas for military communications. Ken works for Oceanit, which is working on a contract to improve communications for the U.S. Navy and Marines. For details on the luncheon meeting, communicate with Ann Nishida, communications director of the Hawaii TeleCommunications Association, at 547-1888 ... Nancy Taguchi of Kaneohe had a productive communication this winter with a California Hotel slot machine in Las Vegas, raking in a $4,000 jackpot ... Pohai Nani resident William Kissenberger has received the Hale Aloha Award from Partners In Care-the Oahu Continuum of Care, which honors outstanding community members who are deeply committed to helping the homeless through compassionate service. William volunteers for the meals program at the Institute for Human Services ... Happy New Year to all of you. I’m told it was a lucky sign that a pigeon crapped on my head New Year’s Day while I was waiting in line at a Waikiki beach snack concession. Then a few blocks away I found a shiny penny on the promenade. How lucky can 2007 get for one person?

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