Waha Nui – 1/28/15

Hawaiian Airlines has promoted Mililani’s Shannon Okinaka to senior vice president and interim chief financial officer. She’s been controller of the airline since 2011, and replaces the departing CFO Scott Topping … Congratulations to Leilehua High School alumnus and Army veteran Clarence Ing, recognized recently by the Star-Advertiser as one of its six Heroes Next Door. For decades, Clarence, 77, has been a leader and a handyman for any requests at Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Meal and Live Nativity scene (such as renting and chasing the animals). The paper also honored Waialua resident Ken Zitz, 73, for bringing the youth golf program First Tee to Hawaii. It now has 700 children registered statewide and has a six-hole course (designed by Ken) at the Salvation Army Camp in Waialua …

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Shannon Okinaka

Kiana Kamikawa (Leilehua 2010) has graduated from Air Force Reserve basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas … Servco Pacific has promoted Mililani’s Thor Toma to the new position of senior vice president of projects and new initiatives. Thor has worked at Servco since 1990 … Breaking news from Board of Water Supply: Want to get rid of slugs? Put an open can of beer in the ground. “Slugs can crawl in, but they can’t crawl out,” BWS declares in the bulletin sent to customers …

Keeping spirits up: Leilehua High’s chorus joined Wahiawa Lions and Leo Club members caroling last month for long-term care patients at Wahiawa General Hospital, following bell-ringing duty the same day with Salvation Army … STOKE Certified, which promotes the best in surf and snow resorts, has bestowed its “Sustainability” leadership label on Turtle Bay Resort, following an intensive onsite evaluation. The group noted the resort’s work with local schools, cultural festivals, local farming, conservation easements, green roofing, solar panels and more …

Mililani sophomores Taylor Suwa and Tayla Yogi made the fall dean’s list at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. Taylor is studying social work and Tayla is a cinema and media communication major … Kadirr Shoemake (Leilehua 2014) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. & & & cchang@midweek.com