Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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October 31, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Jean Inouye
Jean Inouye

At a surprise party last week at Kulana Nani Apartments, longtime tenant Dory Pale received the “Outstanding Contribution by a Resident” award from the Affordable Housing Management Association (for Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii). “Dory has worked on so many issues important to residents,” said KN property manager David Treusch, “from self-sufficiency programs, community advocacy, to fundraising for playgrounds - she’s done it all.” Meanwhile, Dory and her 160 neighbors remain on alert as the city negotiates to sell the Kaneohe project ...

Kaneohe resident Glenn Yoshida is orchestrating the visit of Tokyo’s Mariko Takamizo, 6th degree black belt shihan, who will conduct aikido classes Thursday through Sunday at Hongwanji Mission School gym (728-3662). Mariko honed her skills with direct disciples of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba. Glenn’s day job is teaching public high school English, by the way ... Hina Mauka’s Andy Anderson is hoping to involve area churches in the rehab agency’s mission of getting people into recovery. A forum for networking and sharing solutions is the next step, meeting at Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center in Kaneohe. To jump in, call Andy at 447-5227 ...

Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center director Peggy Anne Siegmund of Kailua has a perennial hit on her hands with Puss in Boots, playing Saturday and Sunday in the auditorium (733-4913) ... Judges liked Spencer Chang‘s painting of the Coconut Grove/Hungry Ear building in Kailua, making it a winner in the 2007 Hawaii Watercolor Society’s Open Show ... Speaking of judges, funeral services were held Sunday for longtime orchidist and orchid show judge Jean Inouye, 88, of Kailua. Called “the godmother of Isle orchid growers,” Jean’s expertise and delight in thousands of orchid varieties blessed clubs and exhibits at home and all over the world ...

John Rosemond
John Rosemond

To help Kailua High graduate Melissa DeSica find a perfect bone marrow transplant to stop her leukemia, call the registry at 547-6154. Dozens have already signed on to help the young Pohakupu woman, some through donor drives at Kailua Community Church. Melissa is the writer and illustrator of the recently launched children’s book, Gecko and Mosquito, mentioned recently in this column ... Virtuoso Lou Benanto of Kailua will strum his standup bass for The Great American Songbook II with Rachel Gonzales and Les Peetz at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at HPR’s Atherton Studio (955-8821) ...

Need some help handling your kids? Celebrity adviser and “old school” clinical psychologist John Rosemond will talk about “Parenting the Strong-willed Child” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Koolau Golf Club (682-0676) ... Kailua couple Don and Julianne King‘s Beautiful Son won the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Documentary Feature at the 2007 Hawaii International Film Festival ... Vivian Haitsuka of Kaneohe and Jenna Kaonohi helped Lei Furtado win the grand prize Oct. 21 in Kakaako Kitchen’s Portuguese Bean Soup Cook-off. The three women work for Bank of Hawaii Insurance Services when they’re not stirring the pot ...

Kaneohe’s Native Hawaiian hoop dancers Michael and James Ahuna performed at the National Indian Education Association pow wow Friday at the Hawaii Convention Center ... Castle High’s Olympian Bryan Clay ran a speed-training clinic for kids at Straub’s family health center on Lanai Saturday ... Windward artists at First Friday (Nov. 2) in the Mendonca courtyard are Nick Black, Marlene Nalani, Claudia Wallace and Jennifer Rothschild ... UH architecture student Ryan Yee of Kaneohe is part of a much bigger picture these days. His grad class is designing much-needed buildings for Fiji in a project that could take two years to finish. They hope to go to Fiji in December to better execute their plans. Got spare change for air fare, anyone? Call 277-8192 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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