Waha Nui – 11/26/14

It’s all drama for Kailua native Kelsey Baehrens, who did such a good job as Mercutio in Baldwin Wallace University’s Romeo & Juliet last month that she’s been selected to compete for a national drama scholarship next spring in D.C. Kelsey’s also cast in the Ohio college’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and will teach drama next summer at her alma mater, Mid-Pacific Institute — after studying in London’s West End theater district …

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Kelsey Baehrens

When Kailua’s Dennis Muth steps onto the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani stage, he becomes Ringo Starr in the Beatles tribute show, Fourever Fab. There’s a two-for-one promo on right now, he says (387-9153). Come join the fun … The show must go on Dec. 6 for the Castle High band, though wobbly legs are likely. The Knights march in the Kaneohe parade in the morning and Honolulu City Lights parade that night …

Rumor has it that those rascals at Windward Choral Society staged a flash mob concert Nov. 13 at Whole Foods Kailua. Harmony among the veggies … Kahuku recording star and man of the good earth Jack Johnson recently joined Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson (home on a break from the canoe) at Malama Honua public charter school in Waimanalo, where they signed a pledge with the 42 children to take care of the ocean and support the world voyage of Hokule’a and Hikianalia …

Kailua runner Bobby McKaig joined thousands at the Oct. 11 Ironman Triathlon and finished in under 15 hours. Cycling was hardest, he admits in his journal, especially with the wind pushing back: “Being an engineer … I had to think about (the slowdown). When ‘the elite’ passed me (coming back), that meant that with a 30-minute head start, they were over 60 miles ahead of me on the bike … holy crap!! But I just had to keep going” …

Teacher Beverly Vierra said more than 65 students from Musashino Seijo school in Japan came to visit their Castle High sister school Nov. 18 to share lunch, gifts, cultural activities and tour the campus … Castle student Lara Sato co-hosts the current Hiki No show on PBS Hawaii, highlighting fall productions by teens statewide. Check pbshawaii.org/hikino for rebroadcast dates & & &

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