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Carol Chang
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January 30, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kelly Pettit
Kelly Pettit

As St. Ann’s prepares for its annual gala this Saturday, volunteers wonder if anything can top last year’s silent auction moneymaker: Dinner for four prepared by Father Clyde Guerrero. It opened with a $100 bid and soared to $3,500. This year, you can bid on an evening with Father John Keenan, who is rumored to be a gourmet cook ... Skip dinner and go see Kaliko Palmeira‘s documentary about his father, renowned Windward musician Steve Mai’i. It’s showing at 6 p.m. Friday at the Hawaii State Art Museum (586-0307) ...

More on music: Known for producing records and radio shows of Hawaiian music classics, Kailua’s Don McDairmid Jr. favored the bagpipe kind of sound last weekend when the Caledonian Society of Hawaii named him Scot of the Year ... Veteran Windward District administrator Louise Wolcott has replaced retiring Cynthia Chun as head of King Intermediate School until a permanent principal can be found. Cynthia has been nurturing young Cobras since 1989 - except for a one-year break with the Mustangs of Kalaheo ...

Retired DOH physician Lawrence Miike of Ahuimanu is the secondary author of Personality Types: A System Science Explanation, revised from the original landmark book on Jungian personalities by the late Walter Lowen. It’s been called a required guide for decision-makers in hiring, management and organizational and interpersonal research. Whew! ... One who might benefit from that book is Robert Cundiff of Kailua, who has been re-appointed chairman of the the Hawaii Employers Council board of governors ...

I hope you folks figured out where to find the story about Windward Estates, referred to in last week’s column by the bold-face command: “GET PAGE NUMBER.” That’s what we call a boo-boo in editing. But at least I spelled it wright ... While on tour with the hit musical Jersey Boys, former CPAC performer Chris Jones had a great reunion with his Kaneohe director Ron Bright in Seattle, where the Brights were recently vacationing. Chris also got them VIP seats and delivered “a stellar performance,” according to Ron. Next up in theaterland is Guys & Dolls Jr., opening Feb. 22 at Ron Bright Theatre, with its namesake directing (Tickets at 233-5626) ...

Kelly Pettit (Castle ‘00) has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB ... If it’s not too late, you can catch Mel Miyashiro and his Tahitian Lanai gang leading a singalong at 7 p.m. Monday (Jan. 28) at Pohai Nani auditorium (247-8410) ... Ellen Chin of Kaneohe is a featured artist now through March 31 in the Louis Vuitton Creative Arts Gallery show at Rehab Hospital (531-3511) ... What is that busy Kailua restaurateur Ed Wary up to these days? A little tinkering south-of-the-border, that’s what. Tio’s Garage and Taco Station (Ed’s former Dixie Grill on Ward Avenue) is now open for Sunday brunch, which includes the intriguing “New Mex” dish, Crispy Bacon Hashbrown Quesadillas ...

News from the fish world: If you want a job at Oceanic Institute, Connie Kawamoto is the new face to go see, now that she’s been hired as the Waimanalo research facility’s human relations “generalist.” And her colleague Chisa Woodley was promoted to keep an eye on the institute’s books as controller ... Also hitting the books is Kaneohe’s Michelle Elise Peterson. She made the fall honor roll at Oklahoma State in Stillwater ... Lanikai’s ever-alert businessman Wally Amos is opening a second Chip & Cookie store at the revitalized Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki. Wally is hoping that the scent from his fresh-baked cookies will lure in a share of the international foot traffic in the area

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