Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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October 17, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Daniel Hamada
Daniel Hamada

Avid sports fan (and Waimanalo orchid grower) Hank Liljedahl really hit the ground running when he moved into Pohai Nani recently. Discovering that the facility did not offer what every self-respecting sports bar has - pay-per-view UH games - Hank lobbied for it and got it for the common room ... If it’s not too late, you might catch award-winning storyteller Alton Chung performing Ghost Stories and Tales of Mystery at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 16) at Kailua Library ...

Kalaheo’s Workplace Readiness class needs cuttings, sprouts and seeds of tropical plants, including house plants, to nurture and cultivate. You can drop them off at Room K-202 or leave a message for Doris Taitano at 254-7900. And while you’re at it, Doris is looking for a new computer teacher ... Kaneohe resident Daniel Hamada has been appointed assistant vp and claims supervisor for Island Insurance.


Daniel has a business degree from Adams State College in Colorado and 17 years of claims experience ... Know a very gifted Hawaii psychic? No storefront psychics need apply. New Yorker Mary Ann Bohrer is researching a book on those with “genuine untapped abilities” who don’t advertise their services. Her e-mail is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (But you knew that already, yeah?) ... Sarah Fong (Castle ‘07) has learned from the College Board AP that she is an Advanced Placement Scholar. Sarah is pursuing environmental studies at Northern Arizona University ...

Renowned minister Annie Green will deliver the message at 11 a.m. Sunday service at Windward Religious Science Church (meets at King Intermediate). Her topic: “What You Think Is What You Get, Honey” (236-0950) ... The Institute for Family Enrichment in Kaneohe has just enriched itself with two more helping hands: Nancy Graber Canubida (psychologist and social worker) and mental health counselor Joddy Manuwai. Nancy has experience with attention-deficit disorders, autism and many other issues; Joddy has a culturally based practice that helps families and teens with substance abuse and other problems. They join Dr. Dunn Berkey (child psychiatrist) and Trenda Berkey (social worker) at the clinic, located in the Atrium building (235-0258) ... HPU has promoted oceanography professor Christopher Winn to associate dean of Marine Science programs, which means the Kailua resident will dive into the thick of raising funds for the school’s marine program. Chris has taught and conducted research at UH-Hilo and UH-Manoa and was once a chemist at Scripps Institute of Oceanography ...

Chris Winn
Chris Winn

Kailua banjo player Paul Sato strummed himself all the way to Nashville last week for the World of Bluegrass, a huge gathering of musicians with similar leanings from all over the world. Paul and the Windward band, Saloon Pilots, play this weekend at Kailua’s Big City Diner Friday and at KEY Project’s Koolau Ohana Festival Saturday ... Also this weekend, the West Honolulu Rotary Club presents its 2007 David Malo Award to Maunawili’s Oswald Stender for his outstanding contributions as a Native Hawaiian to promoting the “understanding and appreciation of the richness of Hawaiian culture and heritage.” The real estate broker and former Bishop Estate trustee currently serves on the OHA board of trustees, among many, many others. The Rotary banquet is Friday at the Hawaii Prince Hotel (377-9610) ...


We’d better watch Solomon Koehler, because Parade magazine has listed the Castle High lineman as “one to watch” for a possible position on its 2008 All-America Team ... Congratulations to Enchanted Lake resident Willie Chu, honored by his Pali Lions Club as a Melvin Jones Fellow, recognizing Willie’s 40-plus years of commitment to Lions and to humanitarian work

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