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March 10, 2010 - MidWeek The Islander
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Melissa Current

Funeral services were held last week for Shigeru Hotoke, beloved director of the Kailua Madrigals, who died Feb. 20 at age 83. Although he retired in 1986, Shige managed to inspire and coach remarkable music from the mouths of an estimated 12,000 students in his four decades at the school. The chorus was known all over Europe, the Mainland, Japan and Hawaii ...

Melissa Current of Kaneohe has been promoted to manager of First Insurance Co.‘s Surety & Fidelity department ... U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono has nominated the following Windward high school seniors to the nation’s military academies: Kaneohe’s Karl Doehm, Brandon Nuss, Nicholas Goo and Bronson Kau; Kailua’s Joshua Mossman, Arin Nunes,

William Rodin, Geramiah Simoes, Brittany Traylor, Errol Vidad, Jershon Baldomero and Jerick Sablan; and Preston MiuraAkagi of Hauula ...


Joan O’Connell of Kailua did it again, winning $22,098 in total jackpots in downtown Las Vegas recently. Keeping her company were Kaneohe’s Paul Tam ($11,546), Kailua’s Yvonne McDermott ($10,139) and Kaneohe gamblers Myrna Shimei ($10,000), Tito Sene ($6,000), Norma Oshiro ($5,777) and Tracy Kitaoka ($5,000) ...

Traci Paiva

College update: Mentioned for making the fall honor roll last week at Washington State, Kaneohe student Kyle Mendes also collected his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology, magna cum laude, at the end of the semester. Keeping him company was Reed Lesuma of Laie, who earned his bachelor of arts in psychology at WSU ... Congratulations to Traci Paiva of Kailua, who is the new general manager of Martin & MacArthur ...

Kaneohe executive Daniel Cody is moving up in the real estate field. MW Group promoted him to vice president of acquisitions and development. Daniel’s also worked for developers in Seattle, San Diego and Jakarta ... The queen of karaoke and Brown Bags past, Janel Akana (Castle 1994) currently works as principal’s assistant at St. Francis School while completing her associate’s degree at Honolulu Community College ...

Daniel Cody

Aloha to Kaneohe Library manager Thomas Churma, who retired Jan. 31 - just before the new parking lot is finally almost pretty soon to be opened. And aloha to Melode Reinker, children’s librarian who retired Dec. 31, also from the Kaneohe branch ... Maunawili artist Virginia Carabelli will have her untitled diptych on view March 13-28 at Wide Open, a juried exhibition at BWAC galleries in New York. Originally from Torino, Italy, Virginia also won the Reuben Tam award at the Artists of Hawaii show last year ...

With much ceremony the Hawaii Canine Assistance Network will introduce the official placement of its first service dog during a fundraiser March 20 at Keehi Lagoon Veteran’s Memorial (781-2596). Mojo will live with Army veteran and former Honolulu businessman Tsumoru “Jiji” Ishimoto, who is the grandfather of Bryan Clay (Castle graduate and Olympic decathlon winner)

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