Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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August 01, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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WCC astronomy professor Joe Ciotti is on his way to Cocoa Beach, Fla., to witness the first Teacher in Space shuttle launch since 1986. Joe and teaching colleague Art Kimura were Hawaii’s nominees to take that fateful trip made by Christa McAuliffe and Ellison Onizuka in the Challenger. Also watching the 2007 Endeavor feat will be WCC’s Employment Training Center director Bernadette Howard, who was Guam’s TIS selectee. In the shuttle this time will be Christa’s backup for the 1986 flight, Barbara Morgan ... Waimanalo botanist George Staples and co-author Derral Herbst have won the 2007 Literature Award from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Their monumental reference book is A Tropical Garden Flora from Bishop Museum Press (2005). Start reading it now: It tells about 2,100 plants, and it’s 900 pages long ... With roots in Waimanalo, Bia, Annette and Dee LaBorte‘s Spirit Soul band has a track on the All States All Stars CD.

They are Hawaii’s representative on the album, which was released July 4 through the non-profit Music for Troops. (To help the cause, go to www.amillionsongs.org) ... On the spring dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York: Kaneohe ace students Andrew Dexter (aeronautical and mechanical engineering) and Jeffrey Suit computer science) ... Deborah Nakashima of Kailua won an Academic Advising Summer Institute Scholarship, giving her a free-but-intense week of study in either Salt Lake City or Burlington, Vt., to polish up her skills as HPU associate dean of graduate advising ... Look for Windward artists Barbara Eberhart and Tomas del Amo at First Friday downtown this Friday in JoDee Hunt‘s Mendonca building courtyard (262-5930) ... Speaking of artists, Ed Furuike is returning to his Ahuimanu home after a six-year stint in California’s wine country. His new painting classes start next month in Honolulu (206-0901) ... A busy summer for the Keala clan of Ahuimanu. Logan Keala played two national tourneys with her Oahu Volleyball Club and was nominated for MVP at one, before departing for Colgate College this week. Younger sister Loxley‘s OVC team placed seventh out of 50 at a Reno VB festival, where their dad, Lyndon, coached another team. What about mom Lani? “Cheerleader, support group leader, psychoanalyzer, taxi driver, runner arounder, you name it,” says she ... On the spring dean’s list at Western Carolina University, N.C., is Kayla Barlett of Kaneohe, and on another dean’s list at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee is Kaneohe scholar Grace Hall Hutchinson ... Wanna help PACT’s Ohia Shelter? Get a haircut at Pigtails & Crewcuts on Valkenburgh Street before the end of August. If you bring in a useful item for the Windward shelter’s women and children, you’ll get two bucks off your coiffure service (422-4300) ... Mid-Pac Country Club’s PGA apprentice Joe Phengsavath and his partner have won the Pro-Pro Championship at Kaanapali, sharing a $3,500 pot after the final round July 23. Turtle Bay’s team of Kevin Carll and Matt Hall were fifth for $925 ...

A documentary on Hawaii veterans premiered July 28 at the Hale Koa. It includes footage from Kaneohe’s Pacific War Memorial, filmed July 11 with Flags of our Fathers author James Bradley. The Waikiki man’s father fought on Iwo Jima and was in the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal ... Kaneohe playwright Y York‘s The Witch of Blackbird Pond can be found in Coleman Jennings’ new anthology, Theatre for Children, Fifteen Classic Plays ... While driving to work lately, I’ve been glancing up at Valley of Temples for early signs of kolea (I know, it’s too early). But last week I was rewarded by the sighting of tall slim figure dashing across Kahekili in front of me. Lo and behold, ‘twas that familiar jogging senator bird, Clayton Hee

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