Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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June 27, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Locally trained dancer choreographers Mark Kanemura, Ry’n Sabado and Preston Meneses will miss 24-VII Danceforce‘s Red concert opening June 29 (see calendar), but they’ve come up with some very good excuses. Mark and Preston are joining Janet Jackson‘s upcoming world tour - Mark as chore-ographer/dancer and Preston as Janet’s personal makeup artist. Ry’n will teach dance classes in Japan ... Tiara Rose Johnson of Kailua has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... The UH Sakamaki lecture series has booked Kaneohe filmmaker Tom Coffman‘s work, The First Battle, for at 7 p.m. screening July 18 in Krauss Hall ((956-5526) ...

Cindy Chinen
Cindy Chinen

Summa Hawaii has hired Kaneohe resident and Castle High graduate Cindy Chinen as new accounts administrator for its range of procurement, project management and consulting services for hotels, resorts, etc.

... Those meter readers are wearing very healthy uniforms these days. According to HECO, you can spot them by their “light blue, collard shirt bearing a patch with HECO’s name and logo” ... Samuel Kamakau charter school students Elise Kahikina, Mahealani Erece-Kanewa and Keonaona Kawelo placed first, second and third, respectively, in the Hawaiian Language division of the 2007 Eddie Aikau essay contest. Their teacher is Alicia Kapolohu. Maika’i! ...

Two Kailua students, Stephanie Irvin and Ashley Sutherland, made the winter quarter dean’s list at Seattle Pacific University ... Lanikai writer, cook and dog lover Liz Rizzo is proud to announce that her golden retriever Buddy has a new kid sister, Brandy, and that Buddy will soon be interviewing his neighbor, Gibson. Gibson is a Great Dane of some fame - “the world’s largest dog,” in fact - who recently showed off all 7 feet of himself on the Oprah and Jay Leno shows with owner Sandy Hall. Don’t get a sore neck, Buddy ... The Transpac race is growing younger and younger. We’ve got Kahaluu’s Mark Towill, 18, on the crew of Roy Disney‘s Morning Light - a group with an average age of 21.2 years at race time. Then we’ve got Dan Doyle‘s boys, skipper Sean (19) and navigator Justin (18) of Kailua, on their dad’s yacht, On the Edge of Destiny. With their three other youngish mates, the Doyles claim a new record for youngest crew (19.8 years), breaking the 1969 record of 22.57 years. (Add it all up and you’re getting close to my age.) Anyway, the youngsters start racing home from San Pedro, Calif., on July 9 ... Kailua public relations pro and former television newsman Jim Manke is back into radio as the local news host on Hawaii Public Radio for All Things Considered and various other roles ...

Zoe Williams
Zoe Williams

The Gas Company has hired Zoe Williams of Kaneohe as its environmental, health, safety and training manager. Zoe’s career in the field started in the Navy when Lt. Williams made sure 400 sailors stayed fit, safe and healthy ... Kalaheo girls volleyball coach Hoku Liu is banking on magazine subscribers to fund the Lady Mustangs’many camps and tourneys. Their web-site tells you more at http://www.kalaheomustangvolleyball.com ... At Kailua High School, Harry Murai General Scholarships were awarded to 2007 graduates Jason Lum and Keesha Thomas ... Laie businessman Titus Napoleon has opened the Hawaii branch of Icon Security Inc., a Utah company offering free equipment, set-up and a cellular backup system for your home. Look for his salespeople at your doorstep during National Safety Month (June) and the rest of the summer ... Kailua’s Bruce Bolos plays with Na Mele Nei Backyard Gang at 1 p.m. July 22 at Ward Warehouse

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