Waha Nui – 12/24/14

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Larry Schenk

The ever-growing Ward Village complex has hired Kaneohe’s Larry Schenk as senior director of construction (he’s a 40-year veteran of the industry who will oversee all Hawaii projects) and Jon Moore, who will be director of construction (specifically the Waiea condo project). Jon helped develop Aulani Resort and has consulted with several other Hawaii resorts … Kimee Balmilero (Castle 1997), who has honed her drama skills on Broadway, in Hollywood and Australia, is currently teaching improv techniques at ProtoHUB in

Kaka‘ako, calling it “Twerk Your Brain: Thinking on your Feet and Outside the Box”

(info@protohub-honolulu.net) … Congratulations to Ka‘elepulu Elementary teacher Sara Kinyon, who has earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, joining 45 other Hawaii public school teachers and 13 private school teachers in the achievement this year. It’s a rigorous, yearlong process designed to improve her students’ learning … Mitch D’Olier accepted an honorary degree Dec.

15 from Chaminade University, rec-ognizing his “remarkable professional career” with Victoria Ward, Kaneohe

Ranch and Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, which he still chairs, and numerous other nonprofits and community-serving organizations …

The Kahaluu-based band Kupa‘aina serenaded the judges and staff at First Circuit Court last week, with the voices of Stan Tibayan and Kevin Chang “echoing through the halls of justice.” Their gig sparked a few smiles, reports Kevin (Castle 1990), because “the off-key metal detector rang in the holiday season and threw us off, over and over again” … Lanikai artist Petra Evers debuted her Little Greenies last week at Muumuu Heaven (263-3366), where the hand-crafted, elf-like dolls await your adoption. They also have their own book detailing their “wild and fun life” in island forests … Marcella Malufau (Castle 2009, El Camino College 2013) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ❑ ❑ ❑ cchang@midweek.com