Waha Nui – 12/18/13

Kaimuki High grad and Chaminade student Takumi Abe received a Purple Heart Nov. 10 in Hawaii Army National Guard ceremonies at Kalaeloa. A veteran of Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan deployments, Takumi was wounded by an IED in 2011 during another ceremony, for Afghan National Army members, yet he went on to help others …


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Maxine Burkett

Palolo’s Maxine Burkett, Kaimuki’s Suzanne Skjold, Kuliouou’s Paul Chattergy and Hawaii Kai’s Lance Parker are 2013-2014 Omidyar Fellows, picked for the honor and rigorous training program because of their experience and leadership potential. Maxine is a UH law professor noted for her expertise in climate change; Suzanne leads Hawaii Literacy and helps coordinate Hawaii Book & Music Festival; Paul is chief investment officer for Hawaii Employees Re-tirement System. As senior vp and principal broker at Alexander & Baldwin, Lance handles acquisitions and dispositions for all of its commercial real estate …

Chaired by Melanie Long, Hawaii Kai Rotarians hosted a party at shelters in Waianae Dec. 14 for 480 homeless folks, bringing dinner, gifts, entertainment and activities for all … And Pastor Nofo Eletise and his Kaimuki Christian Church members were busy Nov. 24 with a Thanksgiving feast at Palolo Elementary for about 600 guests from the nearby public housing …

Happy 10th birthdays to Great Harvest Bread Co. and KCC Farmers Market … Thinking of making a gift of your blood during December? Hawaii Blood Bank will give you a bag of fruit bars in thanks, plus a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas (Dec. 23-Jan. 4 donors) … Now in her 22nd year in Hawaii Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker this week at LCC Theatre (456-8100), Hawaii Kai’s Carole Richelieu says she can’t stay away because “I like it so much”