Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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February 28, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Apparently the Hawaiian Coot is more endangered than we thought. As of last Friday, a bronze coot was still missing from the Gathering Place sculpture by Kailua Foodland. Its creator, local artist Jodi Endicott, reported the bird-napping Feb. 19 to police, but she’s offered an unusual reward: art lessons for the thief so he or she can “put their energies into something more positive.” The bird (metal value only $30) can be returned to the Kalapawai Cafe and Deli at 750 Kailua Road. If you’ve got a tip, call Marcia Murakami at Kaneohe Ranch, 263-8912 ... Kailua actor Tom Holowach reads the part of Juan Julian in Army Community Theatre’s “Sunday@2” Readers Theatre production of Anna in the Tropics. A 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, Nilo Cruz‘s tale takes place in a Cuban cigar factory in Florida in 1929. Showtime at Fort Shafter is 2 p.m. Sunday and March 11 (864-2647) ...

Self-made multimillionaire Ephren Taylor II spoke Feb. 22 on HPU’s Windward campus. Also known at the country’s youngest African American CEO, Ephren made his first million by age 16. He heads City Capital Corp. and Amoro Corp. out of Tennessee ... Eric Manke of Kailua is among 10 Creative Media students from UH-Manoa picked for the first internship program with Lost. Chosen from 40 applicants, they will rotate through five departments for the TV show, reporting for duty once a week for four months. “I’m overwhelmed,” admits Eric ... Geralyn St. Joseph, a psychic intuitive from Kailua, will speak on “The Metaphysical Power of Gemstones” March 10 at the Waikiki Galleria Tower (261-7866)...

Analissa Anguiano
Analissa Anguiano

Analissa Anguiano of Kailua has deployed to Balad Air Base north of Baghdad where she is a security forces apprentice with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing ... CPK ASAP (translation:

Zenobia Iese
Zenobia Iese

California Pizza Kitchen As Soon As Possible) is up and running in Kailua Town Center, where general manager Dee Hoffman-Ogata says they’re doing well, with surprisingly busy traffic at lunchtime ... Music director Tim Carney of Kailua is again seeking out “experienced singers with clear, flexible voices” to join the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble. (They practice Sunday afternoons at Chaminade.) Call Tim at 261-6495 ... Zenobia Iese‘s motto is “the secret to happiness is work,” which she applies everywhere in Hauula - the neighborhood board, the neighborhood watch, her church, the Ice Breakers, the community association, and as an instructor at Hauula Elementary’s Hawaiian Immersion Program. HMSA, the DOE, Drug-Free Hawaii, Oceanic Time Warner and the state Attorney General recently gave her one of 11 Ola Pono Awards for 2007, which includes a $1,000 grant to Hauula Elementary (her choice) ...

Acharya Hayashi
Acharya Hayashi

Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center hosts a retreat March 3-8 at St. Anthony’s in Kalihi Valley, led by dancer and master teacher Acharya Arawana Hayashi (254-3633) ...

I grabbed a bit of peaceful meditation last week while doing crunches in Joan Silva‘s exercise class in the arts & crafts room at Kaneohe District Park. A big old water stain on the ceiling appeared to resemble a map of the U.S., or was it a sheep? Or maybe a pig ... Actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band entertain in the free USO show from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday on the Marine base, if you’re lucky enough to get in (254-7597) ... Kids at Kailua, Kahuku Elementary and other area schools mark the birthday of Dr. Seuss Friday with guests reading tales by the master tongue-twister .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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