Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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January 25, 2012 - MidWeek The Central Waha Nui
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Barbara Kawakami

There’s a treasure living in Mililani named Barbara Kawakami, and Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii will honor the historian and award-winning author as one of its five Living Treasures for 2012. The award is based on her body of work to keep the Japanese plantation heritage alive through books, textiles, stories and her interviews with more than 250 aging Issei and picture brides. The mission celebrates its awardees at a Feb. 4 luncheon at the Sheraton Waikiki (522-9200) ...

Ready to become a better parent? Joan Fujita has the answer: The 10-week Parent Project course starts at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Leilehua High School (622-6555)... Or maybe you’re hungry. Derek Kaapana can tell you about the benefit Hawaiian dinner set for Feb. 4 in the Mililani High cafeteria to help the Trojan band program (627-7747, ex. 2363) ... More food. Hawaii’s Cacao Festival promises sweet concoctions by Turtle Bay’s executive pastry chef Ben Tabious as well as Waialua farm tours with Derek Lanter and music to eat chocolate by from Dayton Watanabe this and much more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Haleiwa Farmers Market (388-9697) ...

Those with less chocolate intake people with diabetes can start the new year by listening to Wahiawa eye doctor Christopher Tortora. He advises a thorough eye exam, good diet, exercise and consistent use of medication to control all the factors that may contribute to vision loss ... The Royal Order of Kamehameha I elevated former Hawaii supreme court chief justice and “Wahiawa boy” Ronald Moon to Knight’s Companion in ceremonies Dec. 11 at Mauna’ala ...

Wahiawa Lion Donald Sagara notes that many of the eyeglasses collected Saturday by clubs across Oahu (and at Wahiawa Longs and Mililani Walmart) will be donated to needy Afghans, because of damage that high elevations and UV ray damage can do to their vision ...

Finally the 1970 Waialua High football coach returns home. Welcome back, Norman Chow, and good luck ... Former North Shore lawmaker Michael Magaoay has joined the board of directors for Hale Kipa, a nonprofit serving at-risk Hawaii teens ... Ariana Yanagihara (Mililani 2011) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas

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