Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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December 26, 2007 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kaneohe’s Jeff Medeiros, owner of Aloha Quality Janitorial Services, branched out last week on a different project. “I noticed that homelessness on the Windward side seems to be more of a problem,” he says. “I see a lot of hungry people at the parks and on the streets.” So Jeff and his staff packaged and delivered “hundreds” of sack lunches to the homeless, from Waimanalo to Kahuku, in one day ...

Also feeding its hungry neighbors were First Baptist Church Waimanalo and Hawaii Kai Church. They served hundreds of hot meals and 500 Jamba Juice drinks to their special guests Dec. 22 at the Baptist church on Flamingo Street. Chaired by Jennifer Hee and Heidi Kalua, the congregations also provided school supplies, household and clothing items, and health and educational screenings from Ke Ola Mamo ...

Violet Loo is a new trustee of Hawaii Pacific University, where she and her late husband Paul have envisioned and supported an ambitious theater complex for the Windward campus - among many other HPU programs. The Paul and Vi Loo Theatre draws a loyal crowd to its varied shows in a (for now) very limited space. “No one can carry on Paul’s legacy the way Vi will,” says HPU president Chatt Wright ...

Yet another Kailua Intermediate student will shadow a politician for a day during the 2008 Legislature: Taylor Harper‘s entry in the Leader for a Day essay contest did it for him ... Neuropsychologist Tanya Schwartz has received two awards - and they are a mouthful - from her peers in the field. A Kailua resident affiliated with Rehab hospital, Kaiser, Queen’s, Hawaii Medical Center and the Veterans Administration, Tanya has earned Fellow status with the National Academy of Neuropsychology and has won the Distinguished Service Award from the Hawaii Psychological Association. She’s known for dedicating many volunteer hours as an advocate for mental health issues ...

Windward groups shared their oversupply of Christmas trees with the less fortunate. Both Habilitat (150 trees) and the Keolu Elementary PTSA (50 trees) made the most of their unsold greenery by giving it away to families at Kalihi housing projects. “We took a loss,” says Keolu PTSA treasurer Michelle Isaacs, “and it’s not a big thing, since so many are doing so much for the less fortunate. But our loss became someone’s joy” ...

Kaneohe residents experiencing a different kind of joy recently: Barbara Yee won $9,440 and Elaine Fujisaka won $8,000 on the California Hotel slots, while George Takishita earned his second Golden Arm award for holding the dice for one hour and one minute. More joy at the Fremont: Kailua’s Brian Araki won $30,865 and Kahuku’s Kurt Fonoimoana won an Infiniti G35 Coupe ...

Services Dec. 17 for the late Jo Tolhurst were interrupted briefly while a guest stomped a centipede to death at Windward United Church of Christ. The incident was fitting, says Jo’s son Chuck, because past run-ins fed her distaste for the critters. Her friends and family then ate together at Kin Wah Chop Suey - her favorite haunt after she retired from a career as MidWeek‘s proof reader. Aloha, Jo. I know you’re reading this column with an eagle eye and a red pen somewhere out there ...

Got an e-mail from Justin Young, who performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at Anna Bannanas (946-5190). The Kalaheo graduate currently tours with Colbie Caillat‘s band, but found time to make a new CD, All Attached. There’s a release party tonight (Dec. 26) from 6 to 8 p.m. in Ala Moana Hotel’s Pakele Lounge with Ernie Cruz Jr. and Pali, and a concert Friday at PCC (see calendar). Seems like Justin’s still on tour, even when he’s back home ...

Another kind of tour coming up: Victor Blackburn of Kailua has joined the Army Reserve and will report to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in February

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