The Honolulu Board of Realtors' Leeward Regional Group celebrated the holiday season Dec. 15 at its annual Christmas party at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu.
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Volunteers with Kapolei-based nonprofit The Well of Hope Foundation gathered Dec. 19 at U.S. VETS transitional housing to serve an early holiday dinner to the nearly 200 veterans currently residing at the Kalaeloa facility.
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The Armed Services YMCA put up the big top for a military appreciation carnival July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 at Central Oahu Regional Park.
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The Hawaii Ohana 4 Ewa Foundation and Ewa Beach Lions Club put on a benefit concert and fair Dec. 5 for the residents and families who live in ZIP code 96706.
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Waipahu United Church of Christ invited members and neighbors to attend its annual fall bazaar Nov. 21, when folks had the chance to consume a wide array of foods, including barbecued chicken, plate lunches and fresh produce.
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Pearl City High School welcomed more than 100 crafters Nov. 22 and 23 to a craft fair, and with plenty of ono food, colorful orchids, seasonal plants and hand-made creations from local artisans and crafters, it certainly did not disappoint.
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Kapolei High School students, parents and teachers teamed up with local businesses and community volunteers to put on a first-ever Kapolei Community Fair Nov. 13-14
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On Nov. 7, Leeward Community College put on its Family Fun Fair for the 19th year in a row. Back were the local food market, where organic produce and locally crafted goods had customers lining up again and again.
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The Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii (DTCH) threw its first-ever fundraiser Oct. 11 at Pipeline Cafe
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Ko Olina Golf Club got spring off to a swinging start with the introduction of the Get Golf Ready program, designed to get non-golfers and beginners alike onto the greens.
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Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park was overrun by a swarm of rubber honu the afternoon of March 20 during the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii's fourth annual Honu Race & Family Concert.
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Waipio Soccer Complex is the usual stomping grounds for games and tournaments. But on the morning of April 4, the football (that's soccer to us on this side of the pond) field was home to a very special matchup.
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It may have been raining cats and dogs the weekend of PETCO's grand opening, but families and their furry companions still made it out to the new Kapolei Commons Center March 7 and 8 for fun, games and a few firsts.
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The Niihau Room of the Sheraton Waikiki was a sight to see Jan. 26 when board directors of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation gathered with Child & Family Service members for a special luncheon celebrating the recent donation of $1.55 million to the Ewa Beach-based nonprofit.
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Family Programs Hawaii and Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park usually team up to throw a summer picnic for some of the 4,000 children and families in Hawaii helped by the social service agency.
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The Lokahi Giving Project decided to celebrate the season in style Dec. 9 with a holiday party at Borders Books in Waikele Center.
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Hawaii Self Storage celebrated the grand opening of its fifth and newest location in Kapolei with a weekend-long monster mash in late October. At their own risk, brave ghouls and goblins entered a Spooky Trail filled with eight spook-tacular scenes.
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Four years later and the Pearl City Community Association and Pearl City Foundation's annual Family Fun Day is going stronger than ever.
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The landmark USS Arizona Memorial Center located in historic Pearl Harbor will soon undergo a much-needed face lift.
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Just as shorter days and chillier winds usher in the changing of the seasons, so does the annual Pumpkin Carving Night at Pearl Ridge Elementary School signal that it's time once again to get into the fall spirit.
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The annual Sunset on the Beach once again took over the Waianae coast to bid one final aloha to the summer season.
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It's funny how quickly a whole year can go by when you're having fun. Those who attended the Ohana Fair at Holomua Elementary School must have had a nice case of deja vu when Oct. 3 rolled around and issued in the annual event filled with games and entertainment for the whole family.
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The tables were set and the stage was lit as more than 600 party-goers headed to the oceanfront venue of Lanikuhonua in Ko Olina for the 12th annual "Walk in the Country" benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.
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Foodies cleared their to-do plates and flocked to the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu Aug. 14 for an evening of sweet surprises as Claude Tayag, named one of the Philippines' top 10 chefs, showcased his three award-winning signature sauces and dips.
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Socks, Sandman, Britches, Shiloh ... No, these aren't the newest batch of Hollywood babies to get an unusual moniker.
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There was no sleeping in the morning of Aug. 16, as 35 employees from Bank of Hawaii and 16 YouthBuild Honolulu students painted and cleaned eight public housing units at the Kamalu-Ho'olulu Public Housing Complex in Waipahu. The volunteers laid tile, patched walls, replaced windows and spruced up the senior housing project as part of National Community Service Day 2008. Even U.S.
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Waipahu Intermediate School was the place to be Aug. 5 as residents teamed with law enforcement officers, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials to reaffirm their shared commitment to clean Hawaii's streets of crime and drugs. It was the 25th annual National Night Out campaign, Waipahu style.
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In honor of nurturing unthirsty plants as well as environmentally conscious keiki and parents for 20 years, Halawa Xeriscape Garden played host Aug. 2 to a fabulously green Open House. There was plenty of natural fun to be had with free guided garden tours, workshops and keiki activities and garden planting.
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Fabulous, funky and oh-so fashionable. These words are the only way to describe all that went down Aug. 2 at the THISIT section of Macy's in Pearlridge Center Uptown. Those in-the-know got a special preview showing of some of fall's newest, hottest and smokin'est looks from the store's popular brands Dereon, Rocawear, Red by Marc Ecko and justsweet, just to name a few.
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West Oahu is a popular place to stage an Ohana Cruz Night. In fact, you can find one nearly every Saturday night somewhere in the vast community of "big boy toy" lovers.
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Families across Oahu were in for a real summertime treat the weekend of July 18-20 as E.K. Fernandez Shows Inc. put up the big top for the first-ever Central Oahu Carnival at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipahu.
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Waipio Center hosted a Community Swap Meet right in the heart of the shopping center's parking lot the morning of June 21. Thirty-three booths were stocked full of a variety of items, from plants to handmade crafts to books and clothes.
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While orchid enthusiasts from all over Oahu flocked to Aiea Elementary School for the sights and smells of their favorite bloom, they were treated to a weekend of much, much more.
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Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park dove right into summer by hosting a raging Family Fun Day June 22 at the Kapolei facility. Power 104.9 FM deejays KC and Taka helped kick off the festivities with the unveiling of the park's newest and wildest ride, the Tornado.
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The Pacific Endoscopy Center opened its doors for a grand opening celebration the evening of May 15 at their new home in Pearl City.
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Earlier this year, loads of amped-up athletes headed to Iroquois Point Island Club to compete in the annual Sprint Triathlon.
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In support of an upcoming mission trip to Africa, "Jesus Christ is Calling You" ministry held a fundraiser at Bethel Chapel that is not to be soon forgotten.
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Haseko Hawaii hosted an evening to remember April 10, as leaders from around the community and in various industries joined Haseko supporters for a one-of-a-kind celebration.
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StorSecure Self-Storage hosted a Classic Car Cruise Night at its site in Kapolei earlier this year.
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Island children from near and far made their way out to Iroquois Beach Island Club the afternoon of March 29 to compete in a Youth Triathlon race series.
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Waipahu Festival Marketplace pulled out all the stops Feb. 16 for the dawning of the year of the rat. Festival revelers and regular shoppers alike were treated to a traditional Chinese New Year celebration complete with a lion dance, firecrackers and martial arts.
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Easter was a-hoppin' the morning of March 23 at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. Families from near and far - some even from Maui! - made their way down the bunny trail to paint eggs, play some games and slip 'n slide on the park's rides.
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In honor of its new administration building, Hale Kalanianaole, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands held a dedication ceremony and ho'olaule'a on Prince Kuhio Day, March 26.
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Leeward Community College's campus courtyards transformed into an international playground March 15 as the college hosted its 15th annual International Education Festival.
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Both past and present students and faculty of Ewa Elementary helped honor our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, as the school put on its 64th annual Lincoln Day program Feb 12.
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Although in existence for more than 14 years, Hope Chapel Kapolei celebrated the grand opening of its permanent home at the old Barbers Point Fitness Center and Pool Nov. 18, 2007.
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Prudential Locations, Hawaii's largest locally owned and operated real estate firm, celebrated the grand opening of its new Pearlridge office Feb. 13.
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish in Ewa Beach held its first-ever Christmas musical Dec. 30, bringing many smiles to the audience.
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Palolo Chinese Home celebrated the Year of the Rat by hosting a Chinese New Year celebration Jan. 27 at the Pearl City Cultural Center.
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On Jan. 5, YMCAs across Oahu held a Community Day for neighborhood families to come together and enjoy a day of fun.
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With jubilation over the UH Warriors' major success this season at a peak, it was only fitting that UH football players were honored guests Dec. 8 at the Kapolei Hale tree lighting ceremony.
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More than 200 community members attended Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse's 10th anniversary celebration Dec. 1, where they enjoyed lunch.
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Little Leaguers from Pearl City, Waipio, Waialua and Waipahu turned out Nov. 17 for a youth baseball clinic hosted by Hawaii Winter Baseball's Honu.
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Kapolei City Lions Club celebrated its fourth charter anniversary Nov. 16 at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.
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The long-planned, long-awaited Waipahu Festival Marketplace is finally up and running at 94-340 Waipahu Depot Road. The grand opening was held Nov. 19, and the marketplace is now open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
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Runners young and old joined in a 2K family fun run Nov. 10 at Holomua Elementary School as a tribute to police officer Steve Favela.
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The surf and sun welcomed more than 65 volunteers and 35 participants to AccesSurf's one-year anniversary with a "Day at the Beach" celebration on Nov. 3.
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You weren't seeing double ... or triple - at least a couple dozen families with twins and triplets turned out to help Aloha Mothers of Multiples celebrate their club's 40th anniversary.
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The Kapolei Golf Course was full of action Sept. 27 for the eighth annual Junior Achievement of Hawaii Golf Classic which drew 186 golfers.
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To raise awareness about lowering energy use, the Hawaiian Electric Company hosted Live Energy Lite Sept. 29 at Pearlridge. October being Energy Awareness Month, the festivities were just on time to ring it in with a blast of entertainment by Kaukahi, Mad Science of Hawaii and the Marine Forces Pacific Showband.
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Waipahu's Hans L'Orange Field was overtaken by baseball fans reveling in this year's Sunset at the Ball Park celebration, "Catch the Dream Waipahu," Sept. 29 and 30.
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Appropriately, the Hawaii Okinawa Center was the scene of Oahu's final bon dance of the obon season - and that was just part of the fun at the Autumn Okinawan Matsuri Festival Sept. 15 at the Waipio Gentry gathering place.
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Waipahu's Highway Inn celebrated its 60th year with a gala dinner at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Sept. 23.
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For the first time ever, Kapolei has taken the spotlight during the two-month, statewide Aloha Festivals celebrations.
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A sold out crowd of 200 golfers showed up at Ko Olina Golf Club in support of literacy Sept. 7. The 14th annual Marriott Links to Literacy Golf tournament featured prizes including the “Marriott Million Hole- In-One” shootout where 14 golfers tested their luck at making a hole-in-one on the 18th hole from 150 yards away to win $500,000 with another $500,000 going to the Friends of the Library of Hawaii.
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Varona Village has found pride in itself since residents first rolled up their sleeves to attack piles of trash back in 1999.
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Community teams - 120 in all - came together Aug. 11 at Aiea Bowl in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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Soldiers enjoyed some needed rest and relaxation Aug. 10, courtesy of Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.
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A full field of golfers turned up July 27 at Pearl Country Club to play in the fifth annual Aloha Shriners Golf Tournament.
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Cars lined Iwaena Street on Aug. 4 as visitors made their way to the 19th annual Open House and Unthirsty Plant Sale at Halawa Xeriscape Garden.
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Long after graduation season ended, July 22 marked a different sort of graduation. It was the end of a six-week summer internship for about 40 students of Hawaiian descent.
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Folks flocked from across the island to enjoy the rides, games, entertainment and, of course, to visit the pigs, chicks, horses and sheep at the Hawaii State Farm Fair in Kapolei.
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About 500 visitors stepped and moved their arms in graceful unison at Waipahu Hongwanji's annual bon dance on July 13 and 14. Guests enjoyed dinner plates of curry, saimin, stew and other customary bon dance fare, including andagi (supplied by Guy Ujimori).
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Ewa Orchid Society’s annual orchid and plant show and sale was in full bloom on the weekend of July 13, 14 and 15, with more than 2,500 guests admiring the beautiful and intricate displays.
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StorSecure Self-Storage has stepped up to fill the need by opening a Kapolei location.
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Kapolei continues to grow, with Goodwill being one of the most recent tenants to break ground.
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A makeshift garden of colorful orchids brightened Aiea Elementary School at Aiea Orchid Society’s annual orchid show and sale June 15 to 17.
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The Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy graduated 110 students on June 23. The ceremony and celebration attracted a packed audience of family and friends at the Pearl City Cultural Center.
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Folks poured into the Ewa Hongwanji June 16 to welcome in bon dance season. The festivities began at 7 p.m. and by 9 p.m., food prepared to feed a crowd of 1,000 had already sold out. The Kuhio Lions Club, presided over by Lion Rick Hoo, supplied the delicious meals.
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More than 300 people showed up for the Kapolei Relay for Life on the Kapolei High School field. Among them were 70 survivors and their caregivers. Twenty-five teams participated in the 7 p.m. June 9 to 7 a.m. June 10 relay. Survivors and caregivers ran the first lap together.
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A sold-out tournament welcomed 160 players to spend the day at Pearl Country Club, teeing off in support of Hawaii youths. The third annual Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Charles C. Spalding and Certified Commercial Investment Member Hawaii Chapter Golf Tournament (yes, it’s a mouthful, but all for a great cause!) was held May 25.
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Eight graduating Leeward Community College culinary arts students put on their final project in style. On April 13 they hosted a dinner at The Pearl for an overbooked house of 192, which kept the students busy greeting the guests and serving and preparing dishes.
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Hope for a New Beginning Shelter’s Easter egg hunt and open house March 31 in Kalaeloa drew more than 400 visitors. Keiki enjoyed free pony rides, games, crafts and goodie bags, but that was only half of the fun.
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The city honored students and teachers from West Oahu schools, including Campbell, Kapolei, Pearl City, Waipahu and Aiea Intermediate and High schools March 19 at Kapolei Hale as part of an Earth Month (April) celebration.
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Pearl City Elementary School proved reading can be fun at its annual Celebration of Literacy on Feb. 13. Students, families, faculty, friends and staff gathered in the cafeteria for slices of pizza, a raffle drawing and the firstgraders’ performance of the song ‘10 Little Fish.’
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Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio became competition grounds for top junior tennis players from across the United States during the Feb. 17-21 USTA Boys and Girls 18s National Open.
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The observation areas at Ko Olina Golf Course were sparsely populated (by mostly foreign media and program volunteers) during the Feb. 21 pro-am, the day before the Fields Open would move into full swing.
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Folks from Actus Lend Lease, Big Brothers Big Sisters and six Waipahu High School students gathered at Max’s Restaurant in Waipahu Feb. 7 to kick off a pilot project headed up by BBBS in which mentors from Actus guide the students in learning about the construction industry.
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Eight-hundred visitors flocked to the Leeward YMCA’s Jan. 13 open house to check out the new facility — and perhaps make their New Year’s resolutions a reality.
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About 60 VIP guests lined up the evening of Jan. 3 for a taste of the new Taco Del Mar in Kapolei (338 Kamokila Blvd.), a day before it opened to the public.
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The eight ethnic groups represented at Hawaii’s Plantation Village introduced more than 200 visitors to a “celebration of rice” on Jan. 6. “The plantation workers all had rice in common,” said program developer JoAnn Fakler. “So, each group put out a rice dish that would have been served during the new year.”
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About 200 church and community members gathered Dec. 30 at Aiea Hongwanji Mission to welcome the New Year in traditional Japanese style. “Pounding mochi is good luck for you,” explained church member Harriet Zakahi of the annual event.
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On Dec. 16, government officials and members of the Filipino community shared in the making of history at the FilCom Center. In honor of the Filipino Centennial, committee chair Roland Casamina conducted the ceremonial filling of a time capsule that will be opened in 2106.
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Planet Fun at Kunia Shopping Center enjoyed two days packed with first anniversary celebrations. The big party kicked off Nov. 25 with a performance and autograph session by Jordan Segundo of American Idol fame, followed by keiki karaoke singers.
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Hope Chapel West Oahu brought “da house down” Nov. 19 with its second Thanksgiving luau. Guests poured into the Waikele Elementary School cafeteria, topping the chapel’s 2004 luau attendance of 1,500.
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VIP guests enjoyed a private reception Nov. 16 at the new Taco del Mar eatery located at Kunia Shopping Center. “They really stress fresh ingredients,” said Ron Nagasawa who sampled the Mondo Burrito (by recommendation) and enchilada.
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The Hawaii Okinawa Center held its Autumn Dance Matsuri Sept. 16. “It’s your last chance to dance until next June,” community relations coordinator and emcee Wayne Miyahira told the congregation. “So, don’t just sit around.”
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Orchids have beautified the planet for ages, and so has the Ewa Orchid Society — or so it seems.
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In support of an upcoming mission trip to Africa, "Jesus Christ is Calling You" ministry held a fundraiser at Bethel Chapel that is not to be soon forgotten.
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Having its bon dance so early in the obon season, says Rev. Toyokazu Hagio, brought out many more fans than usual to Ewa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s annual festivities on June 17.
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The Oahu Filipino Community Council held its fourth annual golf tournament June 7 at the Kapolei Golf Course.
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Seagull Schools held a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony March 25 for its Ewa Beach preschool campus, and it came not a moment too soon. “Our Kapolei site is at capacity, and we got 30 calls a day there when we first opened,” says executive director Chuck Larson. “Now we’re getting 50 calls a day. There is an overwhelming need for child care in Kapolei, and Ewa Beach is even worse.”
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