Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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October 03, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Ichthyologist Jack Randall and his Kaneohe neighbor Sherwood Maynard have received the Coral Reef Outreach Network-Living Reef Lifetime Achievement award - Jack for his long and distinguished study of coral reef fishes, which he has shared with the University of Hawaii and Bishop Museum, as well as the rest of the world through his nearly 700 publications. He’s an outspoken advocate for marine protected areas. Sherwood is the longtime director of the UH Marine Options Program and a mentor to students in the field ... Todd Iacobelli of Kailua was the first male finisher in the Niketown 5K for Kids run Sept. 23 - a race that raised more than $130,000 for Oahu schools this year with 8,500 participants ...


Straub had the cure for what ailed them. Says Castle High technology teacher Bobby Duque, Straub Hospital & Clinic donated 10 computers and five monitors to the lab to help with research and honing trouble-shooting skills ... What is Wilson Unga doing these days, you ask? The Kahuku High alumnus, who interned this summer with U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono in Washington, D.C., is studying international politics and “security studies” at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service. A former History Day winner from the perpetual Red Raider winning team, Wilson writes that the history competitions were “priceless” and gave him a solid running start on his college path ... Also praising the History Day experience is Kahuku graduate Noelle Spring, who now attends Stanford University ... Family and friends scattered the ashes of Norman Baxter Oct. 1 in Kaneohe Bay, off of the Kaneohe Yacht Club, where Norm, 84, was a past commodore. A decorated WW2 Navy bomb squadron veteran and Kaneohe resident, he was a retired vice president of Heide & Cook with a passion for sailing. His widow of 63 years is Anne ... Kaneohe’s Gary Pak is coordinating a playwright’s dream event, Write Hard, Play Harder, today (Oct. 3) through Friday at two venues: Kumu Kahua Theatre and UH-Manoa, with tips, panels and readings from the state’s top play-writing talents like Y York, Vicky Kneubuhl and Lee Cataluna. And it’s all free (956-7619). A UH creative writing prof, Gary is currently working on a collection of nonfiction (personal essays on contemporary Korea), a novel on the Korean War, revising another novel and doing short video pieces ... Maybe he needs to relax after the playwrights’ gig at the Kava Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the UH campus. Windward folks entertaining or educating kava (‘awa) fans are slam poet Kealoha of Lanikai, members of Kupa’aina and Mr. Kava himself, Kahaluu kava (‘awa) advocate and head of the Hawaiian Kava Center, Jonathan Yee ... Saint Louis School has a record high number of advanced-placement scholars (based on their AP exam scores) this year, including Kaneohe resident Matthew Choy, now at Yale University, and Kailua’s Grant Frey IV, now at Lewis & Clark University ...


Kailua restaurateur Ed Wary reopens the Ward Ave. Dixie Grill as Tio’s Garage & Taco Station this month, and does it with a bang by staging an Oct. 13 party to benefit Hanahauoli School (732-7733) ... Venerable Kaneohe surgeon Livingston Wong will be honored by the Organ Donor Center of Hawaii at its 20th anniversary gala Dec. 1 at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Among many other achievements, he pioneered kidney and bone-marrow transplants here (599-7630) ... Judith Wilhoite of Aikahi has joined the Hawaii Foster Parent Association as its new executive director ... Jennifer Barrett needs people 16 and older to serve as tour guides to Coconut Island (236-7415). You get plenny training about research and marine life. But, she says, “If you startle when a limu wraps itself around your ankle, this probably isn’t the job for you”

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