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Carol Chang

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Ellen Hee

Ellen Hee

Say hello to the 2013 Model Chinese Mother of the Year, Ellen Au Yuk Jun Hee, who lives with son Wilfred in Kaimuki. No surprise here: Ellen, 97, has six thriving children, 11 grandkids and eight great-grandkids. She’s the lady behind the beautifully crocheted leis at United Chinese Society events. Last year she made 90 of them! …

Aina Haina’s Carly Kan was recently Player of the Week from her volleyball team at University of Missouri, which is enjoying a No. 7 national ranking and in its best winning streak ever. And Carly’s only a freshman … Hard to breathe?

COPD executive director Valerie Chang is on your side. The East Oahu woman coordinates a free “Breathing Hui” support group at 10 a.m. Friday at Kaiser Honolulu Clinic (699-9839) … Got dump truck? Malama Maunalua seeks a new contractor to haul the invasive algae it collects and deliver it to local farmers (395-5050) …

Kaimuki’s famous paddler Nappy Napoleon and surfer Buffalo Keaulana will receive West Honolulu Rotary’s David Malo Award Friday for their outstanding contributions to Hawaiian culture. Nappy and wife Anona also assist Anuenue School’s canoe club. For banquet details, call 955-3522 … Speaking of amazing athletes, Hawaii’s own Olympian decathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay was at the Oct. 26 opening of the Bryan Clay Outdoor Exercise Park, near KCC and Fort Ruger Pathway, courtesy of Clark Hatch and Diamond Head State Monument Foundation. Come by to try out the pull-up bar and other fitness equipment …

Seen Oct. 25 on Hawaii Five-O - the furiously fiddling Lesley Kline of Kapahulu, playing at O’Toole’s pub … Seen as the pope at St. Francis School’s Halloween party: Hawaii Kai actor Don Stroud … State Rep. Gene Ward‘s intern Nadiya Pashkova from Ukraine likes the openness of our legislative process. Her journey here was weird, however: Emergency landing in London for plane trouble, and D.C. tour cut short by a shooting and the government shutdown …

Kapahulu’s Moses Goods wrote and acts in Lono’s Journey, through Saturday at Tenney Theatre with HTY (839-9885) … After becoming HMAA executive vp in January, Reg Baker is now COO, CFO and treasurer, relieving chairman and CEO John Henry Felix of a few hats with the diverse health care provider. Both are from East Oahu

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