Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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May 16, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Dr. Daniel Fischberg of Kailua has won the Ke Kauka Pookela (Outstanding Physician) of the Year Award for 2006 from his colleagues and patients at The Queen’s Medical Center. It honors a Queen’s staff physician who possesses compassion, aloha, respect, understanding and overall excellence. Daniel specializes in end-of-life care. (2006 was a good year for him - he also was named Hospice Hawaii Physician of the Year) ...


More medical news. Cancer Research Center professor Carolyn Cook Gotay is studying ways to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors. Now the Kailua resident will be able to review and help others spread the word as well: Carolyn has been named to the editorial board of the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology ... A belated congratulations to the following Windward winners of Gallery ‘Iolani’s community college student art show in March: Laura Kanetake, Nathan Ditzler, Edwin Bruno, Drew Broderick, Brian Shikagi, Bronson Shimabukuro and Shoo ... And Christine Le received the Golden Plover Award for her short story I Saw the Kitchen God, appearing in the just-published WCC literary magazine Rainbird ... Liezel Amodo (Castle ‘99, KCC ‘03) has graduated again, this time from Army Reserve basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... Steve Peters of Kaneohe has received the 2006 Allstate Key Manager award for the Northwest region - for the fourth time. Steve handles market distribution in Hawaii, and the award recognizes achievement in sales goals and support for the local agencies ... Jack Sullivan‘s gift last fall to Olomana School’s incarcerated students - five sets of new encyclopedias and five sets of new dictionaries - has arrived and is just awaiting an order of carts to carry them around on. Jack, the school’s longtime Kaneohe benefactor, also was installed recently in the Region IV Adult Soccer Hall of Fame ...

Sean Gershaneck
Sean Gershaneck

The Japan Foundation tapped Le Jardin Academy senior Sean Gershaneck for a full scholarship to a language-immersion summer program at Kansai Institute in Osaka. Sean is one of only three American high school seniors selected for the two-week program for 40 students from around the world ... The Board of Water Supply liked the water conservation posters submitted by Yashi Abraham (Aikahi Elementary) and Alex Theriot (St. Anthony’s). Both young artists received honorable mention in the annual islandwide contest. Theme was Conserving Water Starts with Me! ... As if pizza weren’t fast enough, Ken and Marlene Wilson have introduced curbside service to the Friday rush hour at Mama’s Island Pizza in Kailua. Just park in the special stalls between 4 and 6 p.m., roll down your window, and the large pepperonis start flowing ... Joining Hawaii’s Puerto Rican All-Star Musicians for a Mother’s Day bash last Saturday in Honolulu was Kaneohe’s cuatro player John Ortiz ... Congratulations to Kailua Intermediate School for taking home $300 worth of dairy products (read: ice cream) and a trophy for its third-place finish among middle schools in Meadow Gold’s milk carton regatta May 5 at Ala Moana Beach Park ...


Former Surfrider-turned-concert-pianist of world renown, Lisa Nakamichi, will sponsor her second annual Aloha International Piano Festival June 11-17 at the Hawaii Convention Center, including workshops and concerts by herself, her former Juilliard professor Martin Canin and others (779-3108) ... Windward has a growing presence at the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Vivien Lee of Waiahole is now Arts Education program coordinator, and Jonathan “JJ” Johnson of Kaneohe directs Art in Public Places and the Hawaii State Art Museum

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