Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 02, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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The Hawaii Ecotourism Association named Kailua native Andrew Lockwood and wife Karen the 2007 Ecotour Operator of the Year. Their Pacific Islands Institute develops “quality educational group travel programs” within the state. And Kailua’s Michael Shapiro, editor of Hawaiian Airlines’ Hana Hou magazine, was named Travel Writer of the Year for “raising the level of awareness of Hawaii’s culture and natural environment” ...

Castle Medical Center recently held a week of “spiritual emphasis,” which must have been appreciated by its communications director Jasmin Rodriguez. She was in a similar job at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan during the Sept. 11 attacks. The New York City hospital became a command center for all emergency care as well as for Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Among other things, Jasmin gave hourly press briefings, set up triage teams and opened a family center visited by more than 6,500 people searching for relatives during the chaotic days that followed the Twin Towers’collapse ...

Kim Binsted
Kim Binsted

Three Windward Oahu artists on view at downtown Honolulu’s First Friday (May 4) in the Mendonca courtyard: Bronson Shimabukuro, Val Boyle and James Fulz. Up the street at Marks Garage, find Kahaluu artist Meala Bishop, celebrating Mana Maoli Month with her creations. Meala is also helping prepare a free workshop for teachers May 19 on the Science and Culture of Art at Bishop Museum (848-4168 by May 11) ... Kalaheo’s Navy JROTCS cadets reported to Kaneohe Marine base for spring break - and they didn’t get a break. The rigorous training camp included, for example, a visit to the base gas chamber in full gear: “It was a little scary,” sophomore Brendan Tourek admitted to the Hawaii Marine. “I know the masks will work, but I can already smell the stuff, and it kind of burns” ... UH-Manoa scientist Kim Binsted was still moving into her new Kaneohe house April 25 when she had to take off for Mars - a four-month Mars simulation mission, that is, on an island in the Canadian Arctic. Kim is chief scientist of the crew, leading projects and being a guinea pig of various experiments. And she’ll have to wear a bulky spacesuit every time she goes outside. Her six colleagues are smart and easy to get along with, she says, “which is very important because living and working together in such a small space (500 sq. ft.) for such a long time will be very challenging” ...

H. Maxwell Kopper of Kaneohe, a senior at American University, made the fall dean’s list at the Washington, D.C., college. And Kailua’s Sara Wynhoff, an arts and sciences student at Northwestern University, earned a place on the winter-quarter dean’s list in Evanston, Ill. ...

Joseph Miller
Joseph Miller

Kailua’s Joseph Miller is the new vice president and corporate security manager for Central Pacific Bank, topping a 33-year career in security and law enforcement ... The Saloon Pilots play Sunday at the opening of the Hawaii Polo Club season. Matches start at 2 p.m. at Mokuleia, and the Windward band does its bluegrass thing when they’re all pau (637-8401) ... About 50 curious keiki visited the Golden Eagles’hangar at Kaneohe Marine base and learned all about the P-3 Orion plane, inside and out. To prove to skeptical tots just how the sonobuoy cannisters drop buoys in the water, Hawaii Marine reports that Petty Officer 2C Ryan Sanders performed an impromptu maneuver: He sneaked out of the plane and waved up at them through the tubes ... Kailua’s Jane Raissle, who specialized in kiln-formed glass, is guest artist at the Gallery at Ward Centre through May 24. The reception is at 3 p.m. Sunday (597-8034)

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