Waha Nui – 1/28/15

Kahaluu’s Ellen Godbey Carson received the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award Jan. 19, sponsored by Church of the Crossroads and St. Andrew’s Cathedral — just the latest of many honors for the attorney for her advocacy of civil rights, health care, women’s rights and much more …

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Ellen Carson

Artist and Zen Buddhist monk Jonathan Ming Ji was honored at Stanford University as a 2010 National Treasure, and you can see his paintings there. He also presented a painting to President George W. Bush at the White House. It was a horse, of course. Jonathan will be at the grand opening Sunday of Buddhist Art and Mind Center Galleria in Kailua (see calendar) …

Le Jardin Academy news: Junior Samuel St. John is in the running (as a semifinalist) for a National Merit Scholarship, to be offered next spring to the top 7,600 high school students nationwide. He’s already considered in the top 1 percent of the highest-scoring test takers. And LJA music teacher and former TED speaker Micah Hirokawa presented his groundbreaking research on innovative educational strategies in a keynote address to the recent Summit Fest at Ward Center …

Here’s what King Intermediate students are aiming for in the future. At their Dec. 19 career day, they requested and got speakers from the following professions: doctors, archaeologists, performers, Peace Corps volunteers, semi-pro soccer players and business owners … First Insurance Co. of Hawaii has promoted Kailua’s Jeff Grimmer to vice president, finance operations and administration. Jeff has been with the company since 2006, serving as actuary, treasurer and more …

Veteran Kailua guitarist Shoji Ledward, Na Hoku nominee for his 2008 solo jazz album Live at the Contemporary Cafe, led an evening of “JazzSpeak” with bassist Alika Lyman and violinist Duane Padilla last Saturday at HPU’s Atherton Studio &&& cchang@midweek.com