Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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February 14, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kaneohe producer and writer Tom Coffman and four others will be honored Feb. 22 by the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs at Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom for “significant contributions in the public affairs and public policy arena in Hawaii.” Tom gets the Ho’oulu Leadership Award for Culture and the Arts. Tables of 10 are going for as much as $7,600 (585-7931) ... Rozlynd Kaiulani Vares of Kaneohe has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Clarion University of Pennsylvania ... Good timing, considering the world situation: Eoman Killoran is back in Kailua from Colorado to teach many things, including “Discovering Basic Goodness in Ourselves and the World” this weekend at the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center (262-8352) ... City workers are blowing smoke into residents’ sewer lines in Crown Terrace this week to find rainwater leaks into the system. Not to worry, they say. It’s harmless and odorless ... It’s Cherry Blossom season, and Windward Oahu has a bud blooming in Kristi Tanigawa (Castle ‘00, UHManoa ‘06). She’s vying for the 2007 Cherry Blossom Festival queen crown with 13 others. The suspense ends March 31 ... Kailua resident Robert Pagan recently won $7,755 on a progressive slot machine in downtown Las Vegas ... Shayne Simpliciano (Kalaheo ‘06) has graduated from basic Air Force Reserve training at Lackland AFB, Texas ...


The Kaneohe band Kupa’aina makes its debut on Hawaii Public Radio this month during the 5:30 p.m. broadcasts each Monday of Aloha Shorts on KIPO 89.3 ... If it’s not too late, you can catch Peggy Nihipali demonstrating Chinese new year customs at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Kahuku Library (293-8935) ... Valentine custom dictates that romantic music should play during dinner, and Mid-Pac Country Club has plenty of it for a Feb. 14 dinner/dance: Jimmy Borges, Betty Loo Taylor, Steve Jones, Sonny Froman, Ted Tsukiyama and Shari Lynn ... Speaking of hearts, the best Valentine cards in the Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center’s contest were designed by Jaida Johnson (under 8), Paliku Victorino (8 to 12 years) and Richard Sensano-Price (13 to 18 years) ...

Karuna Joshi-Peters
Karuna Joshi-
Peters

As co-chair of the Hawaii Psychological Association’s Diversity Committee, Kaneohe psychologist Karuna Joshi-Peters helped the HPA win a national award for its “innovative, creative and significant activities” related to diversity in the profession ... Kahaluu’s Mark Towill and the rest of Roy Disney‘s Morning Light crew will be special guests at the traditional “Blessing of the Fleet” Saturday, when a long line of decorated boats and yachts will head offshore from Waikiki Yacht Club for the ceremony. A high school senior, Mark is the youngest on a crew that’s been hand-picked to sail Disney’s yacht in the TransPac race next July ... Kailua artist Sharon Doughtie has teamed up with William Ichinose in the woodwork show Pattern and Form, on view now through May 29 at the First Hawaiian Center gallery downtown (526-1322, ext. 30 ...


Tina Shaffer‘s social studies students at Kalaheo High - Taylor Cook, Jason Timm and Talon Wemple - invested $100,000 (pretend) in the stock market last fall and watched their nest egg grow to $124, 606.98 in 10 weeks. It was the largest portfolio increase among school teams in the “aggressive growth division” of the Hawaii Stock Market Simulation ... Funeral services were Saturday for Dr. William Henry Waddell, 98. A World War II veterinarian and one of the last of the genuine Buffalo Soldiers, he spent his last years peacefully in Kaaawa with his daughter’s family, writing books and giving advice on many topics. To me, the old soldier once said, ‘Buy lots of hulihuli chicken at once and throw it in the freezer for a rainy day.” The local NAACP awarded its first scholarship in his name Jan. 13 to Dominic Hart of Hawaii Baptist Academy

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