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Carol Chang

Waha Nui – 12/25/13

Waialua native Natalie Eichner graduated with distinction at UH West Oahu Dec. 14 and spoke on behalf of her class, following state Sen. Michelle Kidani‘s keynote address. Natalie has made her mark there, working as a tutor and mentor as well as leading the Humanities Club. For balance, she’s also raced in several national motocross competitions …

Mililani’s Michael Furoyama is a new information technology interface analyst for Hawaii Health Information Exchange – a key role in the health care world right now. Michael previously developed software for Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, and also worked for Puko’a Scientific, Innovative Technical Solutions, and Spirent Communications. He has an electrical engineering degree from UH Manoa …

Mililani’s Gene Caliwag is the new president and chief executive officer of Pacific Historic Parks, overseeing operations on Oahu, Molokai, Guam, and Saipan. Gene has held key posts at Young’s Market Co., Hawaii Pacific Health and Cardinal Health. He also lived in many parts of the Pacific as the son of a navy officer …

North Shore surfer John John Florence is having a good month, on and off the water. The annual Surfer Poll Awards for Best Short Film, for example, went to him as co-director of Begin Again, and for Best Performance in Done and Movie of the Year (Done), both films co-directed by Blake Kueny … Mililani Uka Elementary School happily announces that it has a new crossing guard, William Medeiros, and he’s already made a huge difference …

Sam Yarbrough Jr. (Mililani 2012) has graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas … Brazilian-born North Shore author Celma Ribeiro has published her first novel, The Thief of Secrets, a tale surrounding Ferdinand Magellan‘s last voyage. You can find it on amazon.com

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