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Carol Chang

Waha Nui

Kualoa Ranch keeps adding cultural enhancements for visitors, moves that have gone way beyond walking in Godzilla’s footsteps. John Morgan proudly introduced Kualoa Ranch’s new pond boat, Moku Kaha’i, in May, giving guests at the ranch/resort a taste of authentic voyaging canoe travel – they even used the original molds from the hulls of Hokule’a …

Kaneohe actress, teacher and playwright Eden-Lee Murray saw her original story performed by 60 sixth-graders at Hawaii Theatre this spring. Michael O’Leary and the Three Magic Words is about courage and perseverance during Ireland’s potato blight …

Sneak preview: Producer Tom Holowach and director Ron Bright have picked their cast for Paliku Theatre’s September musical, Les Miserables. Top of the list are Kip Wilborn as Jean Valjean, Cliffton Hall as Marius and Jana Anguay Alcain at Fantine … Kailua’s Bill Meredith is now director of the Hawaiian Airlines project management office, leading a team that implements IT and business process strategies.

Bill’s background is in strategic planning and tech solutions … Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam was on Oahu last week for Pacific Golf Links’ new marketing promotion. Among other events, the retired Swedish pro gave an exhibition and interviews following a VIP lunch at Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Maunawili …

Kahuku muralist Hilton Alves is partnering with Hawyland Styles Gallery and others to complete the “largest surf art mural in the world” on a building at 1320 Kalani St. in Honolulu. Once more funds are secured, Hilton aims to do the mural in about 10 days. How can he do it? Find out at 382-2098 or visit …

Earning master’s degrees from Park University in Missouri were two Windward men: Kaneohe’s Francis Dupuis (business administration) and Kailua’s David Oppenheim (disaster and emergency management) … Kailua High’s Kevin Kahuena won a $5,000 Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation award (picked by Windward Rotary Club), along with Spencer McCarrey of Kahuku High (Kaneohe Rotary) and Nicole Oka (Windward Sunrise)

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