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Carol Chang
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October 12, 2005 - MidWeek The Islander
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Our HANG man in Baghdad, Spc. Vinnie Gonzales, has purchased a cell phone from an Iraqi store, and he’ll be calling his Kaneohe friends - just as soon as he learns how to read the users’ manual. “The funny part is the heading for the sections, like ‘how to place a call,’ are in English,” Vinnie says, “but the directions under it are all in Arabic.” ... Kailua resident Victoria Kaai is the lucky winner of a $250 prize drawing from Finance Factors in a recent promotion that honored its loyal customers. What will she do with it? Share with her husband, buy groceries and donate to charity ... The Nike 5K for Kids race Oct. 2 in Waikiki saw five Windward runners finish at or near the lead in their age groups: Kaneohe’s Jan Sauder was first and Kathleen McGovern second in the women’s 50-54 category; George Ishiki of Kaneohe was first for men 75-79; Marilyn McGovern first for women 75-79, and Jasmine Knight of Kailua placed third for girls 15 to 19. And our own decathlon star Bryan Clay congratulated them all ... The revived Kava Festival last Saturday was moved to the UH campus. I hope none of you showed up at Lyon Arboretum, as directed by me in this column ... Hardware Hawaii has named Christine McColgan of Kailua as its new chief financial officer, handling the figurative nuts and bolts of the Lundquist family company ... News flash! Ed Hirata has retired again. The veteran government administrator retired last Friday as city director of Transportation Services. A longtime Kaneohe resident, Ed has worked for the city, state, BWS, HECO, etc., since 1968, wearing many hats - as an engineer, supervisor and manager. Plus he’s a retired brigadier general in the Army Reserve. And on one a stormy night during the Fasi era, he even postponed Halloween. Oh, the power ... Lanikai Juice had its moment in the national spotlight Oct. 5 during the Oprah Winfrey show. Her guest was Matthew Fox of the Hawaii TV series Lost, shown blending some of his favorite fresh-fruit smoothies at the Kailua thirst-quenching shop. “We are honored to be on Oprah,” says owner Pablo Gonzales, “and we want to thank Matthew Fox for choosing us as one of his favorite places” ... Meanwhile, keep those e-mail requests coming for her to air rapping song PLEASE for the Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter (Call Avis Jervis at 528-0606 for details) ... Kailua woodworkers Keith Zeilinger and Rollo Scheurenbrand carved out a name for themselves at a recent show in Aloha Tower Marketplace. Rollo took first in the guitar category, and Keith took second for his ukulele ... Meanwhile, 1,412 folks will soon have better vision, thanks to Jerry Jardin and his Pali Lions crew, who cleaned, processed, packed and shipped that many pairs of used eyeglasses to Third World countries on Sept. 24 at Kokokahi YWCA ... Interior Secretary Gale Norton has appointed Kailua’s Colin C. Kippen to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee. A Native Hawaiian himself, Colin has served in many ways - even as chief tribal judge for the Suquamish people in Washington state ... The wattage is high at Paliku Theatre these days with as many as seven Brights involved in South Pacific (see calendar). In addition to Ron, Mo, Clarke, Lynell, Christopher and Timothy, you can hear Michael in the orchestra pit on the drums ... Kailua artist Brenda Cablayan, noted for her Windward beachside scenes, opens a new show Thursday at Bethel Street Gallery downtown. And you can see Kailua artist Karen Kiefer‘s work through Oct. 28 at the downtown Louis Pohl Gallery ... Kailua High students join their peers from St. Francis and Iolani for Japan Day today (Oct. 12) at Hawaii Tokai International College for hands-on fun with ethnic crafts, music and a tea ceremony ... OK, here are the latest lucky gamblers you love to hate, all striking it rich at downtown Las Vegas casinos: Clarence Chang of Kaneohe, $14,400 (California); Robert Pascua Jr. of Kaneohe, $4,500 (Main Street); Arlene Ho of Kaneohe, $4,000 (California); Gwendolyn Higgins of Waimanalo, $4,000 (Main Street); and Ernest Ahui of Kailua, $3,200 (Fremont) ... Earning money the hard way, Katherine Souza of Castle High has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist for 2006

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