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December 07, 2011 - MidWeek The East Waha Nui
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Patricia Shimizu

Kaimuki High graduate Franklin Odo will address an Asian American history class at UH West Oahu Dec. 6 as the school’s first Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Franklin also earned degrees from a few other schools, like Princeton, Columbia, Harvard and, among other things, is founding director of Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Program ...

Hawaii Kai attorney Patricia Mau Shimizu has been appointed executive director of the 7,000-member Hawaii State Bar Association where she’ll oversee a staff of 15. Patricia was chief clerk and a 28-year veteran of the state House of Representatives ... Former Hahaione teacher and award-winning author Frances Kakugawa has released her 10th book, Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, about a Big Island town that no longer exists. The Pearl Harbor attack turned her childhood there, as a Japanese American, upside down. She’ll be autographing at 11 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Kahala ...

Mahalo, Joyce Aguirre of Kalama Valley. She donated her 55-foot Norfolk pine to the city, and it’s now the season’s centerpiece at Honolulu Hale ... Kaimuki High’s Vocalz will sing at Pearlridge Uptown at 4 p.m. Dec. 10 and Windward Mall at 5 p.m. Dec. 14. You also can catch Aina Haina Elementary’s chorus at 7 p.m. Friday at Ala Moana, and Kaimuki Middle’s Symphony Winds at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Ala Moana ...

Celia Kenney

DHT’s Shooting Stars really do become stars, such as Celia Kaleialoha Kenney, 13-year-old daughter of Chef Ed Kenney. This month you can see her at Diamond Head Theatre in Cinderella, and also on the big screen with George Clooney in The Descendants, where she plays “the boy-crazy, carb-shunning friend” of Matt King’s daughter. Stay tuned for the next move by this card-carrying Screen Actors Guild talent ...

Waialae Nui resident Christine Thomas edited Don’t Look Back: Island Myths with a Modern Twist 17 updated tales by some of our best island writers, including Christine herself. Book release is at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Mission Houses Museum ... Chaminade invites everyone to enjoy its Christmas lights all month at Clarence Ching Hall and Henry Hall. What a sight

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