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Carol Chang
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November 07, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Andrew Sakaguchi
Andrew Sakaguchi

As members of the elite Na Leo Kuho’okahi ensemble of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, four Windward teens will perform in Hawaii Public Radio’s Honolulu taping of From the Top Nov. 14 at Hawaii Theatre (528-0506): Jade Olszowka of Laie, Noe Ramirez of Kaneohe, Krysti Uranaka and Kiyoe Wellington, both of Kailua. Kiyoe, a La Pietra student, will also solo in HPR’s Maui taping of the show Nov. 16. Her Kaneohe vocal coach, Mike Gorman, must be proud ...

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 ... More Windward “shadows” have been announced, following the selection of Leader for a Day essay contest winners: Aikahi sixth-grader Hanna Broderick and Kahuku sophomore Alex Shea will shadow Gov. Linda Lingle, and “CS” of Olomana School will shadow Lt.Gov. Duke Aiona ...


Castle High graduate Pete Britos is the new gallery director at Hawaii State Art Museum, which hired a man with extensive credentials at several universities, including a master of fine arts decree in screen writing from USC. When Peter isn’t directing, producing or teaching in a media field - or working at the gallery - he body surfs, of course ... Former BYUH president Eric Shumway and his wife Carolyn are now serving in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, where Eric is volunteer president of the LDS Church’s temple there. That’s after 41 years in Laie ...

Kaneohe’s Andrew Sakaguchi directs, choreographs and co-stars in Manoa Valley Theatre’s comic musical Plaid Tidings, opening Nov. 7 (988-6131) at MVT. Andrew plays the “dyslexic/dyspeptic” Smudge ... Don’t know what to do with those cute Halloween costumes? Kathie Wells says that Kaneohe Elementary and the PSAP class at Waimanalo want to fill their closets with dress-up clothes for the kids. Call Community Helping Schools at 263-6703 ...

Jeffrie Jones
Jeffrie Jones

Windward resident Jeffrie Jones has been elected to a second term as president of the Hawaii Theatre Center Stars, its volunteer group. Neighbors on her board are Donna Ambrose, Tracey Stott Kelley, Gail Hutchinson, Kathy Wright and Mele Pochereva ... Lanikai’s extraordinary slam poet Kealoha co-hosts a Hawaii Slam at 8:30 Friday on opening night of Girl Fest at the Hawaiian Hut (387-2968) ...

Micah Maetani of Kaneohe is a semifinalist in the 2007-2008 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology ... Ken Wilson and the gang at Mama’s Island Pizza in Kailua is proud to say they serve free pizza and soda to “hundreds of young soccer players” from Kailua AYSO teams, as well as Little Leaguers. Not all at once, I hope ... Keith Patterson of Kailua and Annette Kaohelaulii of Kaneohe co-chair the silent auction at the Sierra Club’s major benefit Friday at Aloha Tower ...


Don’t forget to put in your turkey order for the Windward Thanksgiving imus soon. Call Todd Hendricks for the Kailua High School site (728-7389) and Lanette Mahelona for KEY Project’s site (239-5777). Fee is $15 at both fundraisers ... HPU has hired Kailua’s Laura Dower to be an advice nurse to dorm residents on the Hawaii Loa campus. An assistant nursing professor at the college, Laura is experienced in gerontology - which doesn’t quite fit the student profile - but not to worry. She already advises patients for Kaiser and is a family nurse practitioner, too. “Most students just need some reassurance and someone to say you’re going to be OK,” she told the school newspaper

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