Waha Nui – 12/24/14

Good luck to East Oahu’s Jeffery Kissel, the new, permanent executive director of Hawaii Health Connector. The former president and CEO of Hawaii Gas, Jeffrey vowed to “hit the ground running” when enrollment opened Nov. 15, and he believes “everyone deserves to have health insurance coverage” …

State Sen. Sam Slom has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31 — from heading Smart Business Hawaii. It was a job he agreed to take for six months in 1983 for Lex Brodie. Succeeding him is Tyler Roukema, owner of Outback Steakhouse Hawaii Kai …

She’s not exactly a shopaholic, but still, Stephanie England spends a lot of time at malls. She’s the new general manager of Kahala Mall, Kapolei Shopping Center, Hunakai Office Building and Hawaii Opera Place; previously managed Kamehameha Shopping Center, and belongs to International Council of Shopping Centers …

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Jeffery Kissel

St. Louis Heights’ David and Susan Chandler gave $14,000 to UH Foundation for a public policy/conflict studies fellowship. “Our hope is this fellowship will help nurture a community of well-educated citizens,” David explains, “committed to building a more equitable world” — something the two UH sociology profs already are. Now retired, David is a dedicated mediator, and Susan founded and directs UH College of Social Sciences Public Policy Center …

Chaminade gave an honorary degree to Niu Valley’s Mitch D’Olier, recognizing his “remarkable professional career” with Victoria Ward, Kaneohe Ranch and Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, which he still chairs, and other nonprofits like Malama Maunalua. Castle also helped fund CU’s Wesselkamper Science Center and other facilities …

KCC chef instructor Grant Sato shares his Kaimuki grandma Jeanette Setsuko Akamine‘s best Okinawan recipes in Mutual Publishing’s An Okinawan Kitchen. Eat up, and thank his inspiration … Palolo’s pride, Carissa Moore, won the North Shore’s Women’s Pipe Invitationals earlier this month

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