Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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July 04, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kailua-born chiropractor Michelle Leilani Hill has taken over Dean Nelson‘s Windhorse Healthcare practice at Pali Palms, and she’s introducing a digital imaging system that analyzes energy levels of your acupuncture meridians ... Kaneohe school-teacher Jodi Presbitero has a cool tool for small businesses to help them network online, and advertise and compete “like their larger counterparts do.” It assists with highly enhanced myspace set-ups, Jodi says, and allows young entrepreneurs “to start a business by bringing the rest of the business world online.” You can check it out at www.akamy.biz ... Patricia Calhau of Kailua went to Vegas and won a $6,000 jackpot at the Fremont casino - and so did Kailua’s Evelyn Naweli. Kaneohe’s Dean Ideue coaxed $6,000 out of a Main Street slot machine ... Harry Murai General Scholarships have been awarded to Kailua High graduates Jason Lum and Keesha Thomas ... Speaking of Kailua High, a private service was held for retired faculty member Evelyn “Dr. Tutu” Van Gorder, 89, who passed away May 16. Her longtime friend Mary I. Floyd says, “she will be remembered as a loving, caring adviser and friend who had time for anyone who needed her as a friend and confidante.”


Dr. Tutu led a full life. As a young girl in Texas, she performed on the high trapeze with a community circus and later became a pilot, where she met her husband, “Van,” who was her flying instructor. She is survived by daughter Cheryl Merk, granddaughters Jennifer Killackey and Vanessa Distajo, grandson Eric Van Gorder and two great-grandsons ...

Kaeo Gouveia
Kaeo Gouveia

Tiki’s Grill & Bar has promoted Kailua native Kaeo Gouveia to general manager, meaning he’ll oversee operations and create a strategic growth plan for the Waikiki restaurant ... Kailua High senior Alan Akeo has received the Pali Lions Club’s $500 Leo Scholarship for his community service and leadership in the school’s Leo Club and other groups. Alan heads for Rutgers University in the fall ... Lanikai entrepreneur Harvey King is Small-Business Champion of Year, so-named by the local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. Harvey is co-founder of the 40-year-old risk management/insurance firm of King & Neel. “When you think about it,” says NFIB’s Hawaii director Melissa Pavlicek, “Harvey King is a supreme enabler, for both businesses seeking to minimize their risks so they can continue to employ people and for his own community.” His help with Special Olympics and Aloha United Way come to mind ... Stephen Meder of Kailua is doing his part for sustainability. An assistant architecture professor at UH, Steve leads the team that will restore the Hawaiian Energy House on campus “to its former green glory” later this summer, capping a year of planning for the former campus showcase, which now languishes as a storage shed. Steve also directs the UH Center for Smart Building and Community Design ... ... Nearly 3,000 preschoolers have jumped joyfully in the HMSA TumbleBus during its first year of visits around Oahu. Its fans in Windward include the Head Start sites at Ben Parker, Waimanalo, Blanche Pope, Keolu, Enchanted Lake, Kainalu and Maunawili elementary schools, and the Pre-Plus sites in Waimanalo and Kailua ... Gov. Linda Lingle has appointed ophthalmologist David Randell of Windward Eye Physicians and Surgeons to a four-year term on the Hawaii State Ethics Commission

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