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Carol Chang
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February 06, 2008 - MidWeek The Islander
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Joshua Wisch
Joshua Wisch

Ahuimanu 10-year-old Mitchell Gorman had an idea three years to help hungry keiki through the Heifer Project, and it’s turned into annual benefit concerts - performed by him and fellow youths in the church. The next one starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran Church of Honolulu (941-2566). Each year that the curtain goes up, they raise $5,000 to buy income- and food-producing animals for impoverished families ...

Ben Yee and Lorraine Caceres are competing for Oahu’s Valentine Sweethearts Feb. 12 at Blaisdell Center on behalf of the Kailua Seniors Club ... And if it’s not too late, you can pick up tips on making your own Valentine greeting cards from Jocelyn Lopez - at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Kahuku Library ... CPAC director Karen Meyer is on the lookout for a real dummy - the kind ventriloquists use - for Castle’s upcoming Cabaret show. Maybe you also have some magic tricks up your sleeve, or juggling pins? Call her at 233-5626 ...

The IHOP fundraiser, known as National Pancake Day was originally scheduled for Fat Tuesday (Feb. 5), but you know what comes on that day - the Super Tuesday of presidential primary fame. So, “in the interest of embracing the democratic process,” the chain’s restaurants, including the Windward Mall outlet, postponed the event by one week to Feb. 12 ... A rose by any other name is, well, Ellen. The Kaneohe artist whose works are on view at Rehab hospital is Rose Ellen Chin. I omitted her first name in last week’s column ...

A rather well-known Kailua High School alum, Samson Satele, helped run the third annual Football Bash Clinic held at Aliamanu Military Reservation for the kids prior to the Pro Bowl ... Kahuku High senior James Bashford is U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye‘s (also known as fiance Dan) principal nominee to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and is on his alternate list for West Point ...

Mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover of Kailua performs Latin American art songs in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Orvis Auditorium at UH-Manoa (956-5895). Maya, who has lectured and performed all over the world, joined the UH music faculty as a professor this year ... U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono has appointed Kailua resident Joshua Wisch her district director for field services. An attorney and former Kailua Neighborhood Board member, Josh won’t be standing out in any field, though he will oversee Mazie’s outreach to constituents and community leaders here ...

Reading makes an impact, too, and children’s author Brandon Mull is in Kaneohe to drum up kids’ excitement for books. Brandon’s done his part, it seems. He’s author of a new fantasy series, which made the N.Y. Times best-seller list, and he already sold the movie rights for his latest, Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star. He’ll talk to students next week at Mokapu, Maunawili, Enchanted Lake and Puohala elementary schools, with a stop at Borders Kaneohe at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 ...

Another helping step. UH nursing professor Estelle Codier won a small grant from her Kailua church to conduct health screenings of incoming homeless families as they rotate through the Family Promise program there. The Christ Church Uniting newsletter reports that more than a dozen families have been examined and some sent for medical follow up ... The “new traditionalists” will pay tribute to Kahuku musician and 2008 Living Treasure Mahi Beamer during their Hana Hou concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Hawaii Theatre (528-0506) ...

Jamie Simpson Steele will read a short story by Kaaawa scholar Christine Kirk-Kuwaye, Sister from Another Planet, at Sunday night’s taping of three authors’ works in the HPR program, Aloha Shorts. The fun starts begins at 7 p.m. (955-8821) ... The American Heart Association-Hawaii honored Kaneohe’s own Lina Girl recently with an Impact Award for her volunteer support of the AHA

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