Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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January 23, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Eric Korpi
Eric Korpi

Talk about well-rounded: Ahuimanu musician (with the Kamau band) and Hawaiian Kingdom scholar Kamana Beamer is the first to win the new ‘Oiwi Ake Akamai fellowship, which allows him to fly to chilly old England this month to research details on the ali’i for his doctorate in geography at UHManoa. A native Hawaiian himself and son of Kapono Beamer, Kamana also will address colleagues at the University of London, where he may be introduced as “Dr. Brenton K. Beamer” ...

Ka’anohi Aipa, kumu hula of Kailua’s Ka’anohiwaianuenue Hula Studio, will present a hula workshop Feb. 16 at Bishop Museum (848-4184) ... Queen’s Health Systems has hired Kailua resident David Starr to be its chief information officer and vice president of information technology. David’s first order of business is to oversee phase 2 of implementing the hospital’s electronic medical records ...

Those huge storage buildings have a heart, it seems. Kaimuki Self Storage has donated the use of a storage unit to PACT’s Ohia Shelter, allowing the Windward facility to accept more donations for its consumer needs. Ohia also received 10 “hopeline” phones and a $5,000 grant from Verizon to start a small business center and pay utility bills ... Eric Korpi (Kalaheo ‘03) has completed basic training with the Air National Guard at Lackland AFB, just two months before his brother Kurt (Kalaheo ‘99) finished his Coast Guard basics. They are the sons of - get this - Terry and Terry Korpi. Dad is retired Army, and mom is a teacher ...

With the spring theater season looming, the Windward Arts Council’s usher chairwoman Denise Ellinwood is trying to assemble a cadre of helpful volunteers. You can earn free tickets and besides, haven’t you always wanted to tell people where to go? Call Denise at 235-4852 ... In a job fraught with headaches and complaints, resident manager Chris Zarka carries on well. He was named Resident Manager of the Year in Hawaii recently (see story on page GET PAGE NUMBER) for Kaneohe’s Windward Estates. But there are other things he’s proud of, too, having to do with his children and those of others. Chris was Gymboree Father of the Year in 1996, he coached a swim club to a national championship, was a Swim Coach of the Year, served Tonga through the Peace Corps and taught at local schools before taking on the challenge of maintaining aging buildings using homeowners’ dues ...

Jan Young, mother of local crooner and ace guitarist Justin Young, departed Kailua several years ago to become elementary school principal at the American-International School of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. According to Justin, Jan gets to travel widely and enjoys much better job benefits as an educator there than she did in Hawaii ... Paul Detton took the Castle High Surf Club to the Triple Crown last month, where students met Sunny Garcia, Makuakai Rothman and Layne Beachley ... Meanwhile Dawn Cone, who heads the school’s Polynesian Music program, could sure use a few good instruments, as well as blank CDs, cases and inserts. Call her at 233-5600, ext. 200 ...

Harry Fanning, who retired from teaching economics at Castle High in 1988, was pleased to read about one of his Period I students that year, Brad Falcon, winning a cool quarter-million dollars on TV’s Deal or No Deal. “You can see that if you stick by me, you may be a winner,” Harry joked ... Being a full-time legislator gives Pono Chong (see story on page 6) the freedom to plunge into some very interesting projects. He recently taught global studies to at-risk students in an afterschool program at Kaimuki High School

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