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Carol Chang

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Kaiser High’s Gina Hyun was first runner-up in Hawaii’s recent 2013 Distinguished Young Woman pageant, winning a $2,000 scholarship that she’ll use at Columbia University. Kalani’s Arika Swanson and Kaiser’s Marissa Kuo also won in preliminary categories …

Ron Saunders

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono has named Hawaii Kai’s Jadine Nielsen acting state director of her staff. Jadine is a veteran of government and politics, currently with the Small Business Administration here. Her mission: to find a permanent state director. If you’re interested, send your resume to her by Feb. 15 via senhironojobs@gmail.com

Random fact: the new bronze, 12-foot statue of William Joseph Chaminade, installed in November on the Kaimuki college campus, weighs more than 3,000 pounds …

Servco Automotive has promoted Waialae resident Ron Saunders to Subaru Hawaii distribution manager, after several corporate posts with the company …

Christian Lane

Best-selling author and TV producer Liz Oliver will read to Waialae Elementary keiki Feb. 21 during her trip to the Feb. 23 children’s book writers conference in Honolulu …

Mark Prados and the Enablers, all East Oahu musicians, will bring their “older blues swing style” music to downtown’s Mardi Gras Feb. 12, starting at 6 p.m. …

Hawaii Kai’s Christian Lane graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas …

It’s just a modest convenience store, but Aloha Island Mart Kahala now has 70 photovoltaic panels powering its electricity, courtesy of Bonterra Solar, whose founder Andrew Yani says it could generate more than 27,000 kilowatt hours in its first year …

Honolulu Fire Department gave a certificate of commendation to off-duty firefighter Cliff Rigsbee last month for helping an injured female hiker at the top of Koko Crater. He carried her down the trail and stayed with her until she got medical attention …

Speaking of the crater, HMSA’s winter edition of Island Scene profiled two people who are getting more fit hiking on local landmarks: Koko Crater trail and Kuliouou Ridge …

Kaiser High Project Grad is partners with Reynolds Recycling trucks through Feb. 28, earning redemption credits every time you donate and mention KHS

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