Waha Nui – 10/22/14

A public celebration of the life of Don Dymond is set for 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Le Jardin Academy, which the late businessman and youth mentor supported in many ways. Don died Sept. 30 at age 68 and is remembered for helping schools, paddling clubs, the I Love Kailua party, fireworks show and more. He also owned or co-owned Kalapawai Market, Kalapawai Cafe, and Zia’s in Kailua and Kaneohe. Donations can be made to a scholarship fund in his name at Le Jardin …

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Shawna Makala Paakaula

Kaneohe’s Velma Hulihe’e-Carstensen has joined Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu as a sales and marketing manager, after years at Morton’s Steakhouse and other visitor venues … Puohala Elementary’s new principal is former Puohala student Shawna Makala Paakaula. She plans to build partnerships to help students learn STEM concepts from ancient and modern sources. Makala also taught Hawaiian language immersion for a decade at Hau’ula Elementary, which should be a good fit at PES …

Kaneohe’s Ashley Tanaka has earned a communications degree at Southern Methodist U. in Dallas … Plenty of music comes out of Kahuku — Nobu, Billy Sage V, Kapena De Lima, Phil Strauss, Gordon Freitas and Tim Rose, to name a few — every night (except Wednesday and Friday) at Turtle Bay Resort … Kaneohe’s Scott Mailheau and Kailua’s George Ross and Haley Sherrill earned degrees last spring at Gonzaga U. in Spokane …

Castle science teacher Roy Huff‘s science fiction venture in online downloads is doing well, and he just landed a publishing deal (Kindle and paperback) for his three-book series Everville. The third one, The Rise of Mallory, is dedicated to Castle High, and some proceeds will go to libraries and children’s literacy …

Kailua’s Makana Risser Chai shares her mana’o on “History of Huna and Search for Ancient Hawaiian Spirituality” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawaii State Library (586-3534). You also can ask her about law, lomilomi, the hospitality industry, writing books and much more … Coleman Mira-Naeole (Kailua 2007) and Leanna-Marie Sanchez-Abella (Kalaheo 2012) graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas & & & cchang@midweek.com