Waha Nui – 1/1/14

Saint Louis alumnus Olin George Kreutz, now retired from pro football, is in the inaugural class of inductees to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The All-American and two-time Super Bowl champion also excelled in wrestling here and lives part time in Kalama Valley. He and the rest of the class will be honored Jan. 23 in an enshrinement ceremony at Hawaii Convention Center …


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Angela Assante

East Oahu scholar Angela Assante, a senior at La Pietra who’s already taking UH courses, earned a top composite score of 36 on her ACT test, representing less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students nationwide who take the exam. She also speaks Japanese and Russian fluently, is on the air riflery team and loves drama and technology. Phew! … Congratulations to former Kaiser volleyball standout Nikki Taylor of the UH Rainbow Wahine who earned honorable mention to the AVCA All-Pacific North Region Team …

Prolific Palolo cookbook writer June Tong, author of the Popo’s Kitchen series, is selling her final copies and retiring from the trade at age 82. To see if there are any left, call her at 734-1063. Proceeds go to Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network and the UH football team … Area residents recently took over critical jobs with the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce: Kahala’s Geri Walker was promoted to chief financial officer and vice president of administrative services, and Kaimuki’s Bianca Mordasini is the new director of communications and marketing for the chamber, where her mission is to support its 1,000 member companies …

Belated applause for Hawaii Kai couple Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki of B.E.A.C.H. They won the Astrid & Donald Monson 2013 Community Action Award for protecting Hawaii’s environment and marine life. Look for them on the beach, doing something good … Niu Valley Middle teacher Jenny Migita won a Hawaii State Federal CU grant to buy a digital camcorder for use in oral communication assessments by NVMS world language teachers