Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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March 28, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Come Friday and Saturday night, Windward’s own Saloon Pilots will be opening for Wynonna Judd at Blaisdell Concert Hall. “To say we are excited is an under-statement,” writes Kailua’s Paul Sato, spokesman for the bluegrass group of Leslie Kline, Kilin Reece, Paul Sato, Alex Morrison, Michael Carroll and Paul ... Kailua playwright Alani Apio is seeing his Kamau drama once again on the Kumu Kahua stage, now through April 15 (536-4222) with a powerful message about Hawaiians on this contemporary rock. In his off-stage life, Alani is a community liaison for the Board of Water Supply and other local companies ... Speaking of being one with nature, Nathan Wong says there are plots available in the city’s Kaneohe Community Garden - and it’s dirt cheap. To grow your own food, call him at 522-7063 ... Charles Agustin (Castle ‘02) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ...

Congratulations to Jonah Atkins, newly elected student body president at Kalaheo High School ... Ahuimanu Elementary has a new wall to keep out the rain squalls by the cafeteria-side parking lot, thanks to Mitch Katayama and crew. As the husband of first-grade teacher Celeste, I guess you could say Mitch really did his homework ... On the undercard at the ICON mixed martial arts world wrestling championships this Saturday at the Blaisdell is Waimanalo brawler Kimo Woelfel of the Eastsidaz facing Dereck Keasley of Team Wolfpack, Ohio ... Lynell Bright is waving her arms in front of 85 children, all the way to New Zealand. Lynell (part of the Ron Bright ohana) directs the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Children’s Chorus, which is entertaining this week in New Zealand and visiting schools in Auckland and Rotorua ... Warning: K-words ahead. Kahaluu’s Ray Sanborn, the CEO of Kailua-based Kamaaina Kids, is getting into yurts - those round, sturdy shelters of Central Asian nomads and Molokai Ranch guests. Ray’s non-profit child-care agency should have a yurt village up and ready for camping families at Camp Timberline next month. Ray invites us to “embrace the yurt experience” at 262-4583 ...


Sydney the Tibetan spaniel has a weekly date with the elders at Maluhia hospital. His Kailua human, Anita HabanNakamaejo, takes him every Monday morning to visit the residents there. “It just brings them joy,” says Anita, who also operates the home-care agency Comforting Hands Hawaii. Maluhia even staged a birthday party for Sydney once, complete with his favorite food, sweet potato. His ancestors were bred by Tibetan monks to be quiet little prayer dogs and robe warmers, Anita explains. The monks would stick the warm furry things under their robes to thaw out. Sydney’s genes must be strong because he’s allergic to meat and, according to Anita, he goes into a trance every time he hears a church bell ... Kailua’s creative choreographer Cheryl Flaharty will restage IONA Contemporary Dance Company’s remarkable Electric Blue show April 6 and 7 at Hawaii Theatre (528-0506). But she needs haulers to bring the “magic sand” on stage. Pay is a free ticket. Call 262-0110 ... Veteran Kailua newspaper man and columnist Dave Shapiro will teach a writing session April 13 during the Society of Professional Journalists conference at the Ala Moana Hotel ...

Windward artists Meleanna Meyers, Carl Pao and Meala Bishop and others are part of the Academy Art Center’s exhibit, Makua, which examines the cultural and military issues that are still shaping Makua Valley. The show at Linekona runs through April 11 ... Paliku Theatre manager Tom Holowach got to play a new role on Sunday. He served as master of ceremonies at the University of Hawaii’s High Tea, marking Charter Day and the college’s 100th anniversary. Everyone dressed in costumes of the period while sipping tea and chowing down ... When that businessman dumped hundreds of clients’ personal records in a Niu Valley recycling bin, I hope the guy he hired looked first before tossing in the load. I recently discovered two young boys playing inside the “paper side” of Ahuimanu Elementary School’s bin

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