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Carol Chang

Waha Nui

You may have noticed a film crew and familiar faces at Waimea Bay, Pupukea and Marconi Road on recent weekends. It’s producer/actor Arlene Newman-Van Asperen (a part-time North Shore resident and 2005 Mrs. Hawaii America) and a full complement of local actors and crew working on Angel By Thursday, a drama/love story they hope to take on next year’s film fest circuit. Kahuku firefighter Jeff Wallace wrote the screenplay and doubles as director. “It’s a wonderful local production team, and we’re all working hard for free,” Arlene says. “I’m so proud” …

North Shore native and award-winning virtuoso guitarist Ian ‘O Sullivan plans a recital at 4 p.m. Sunday at Orvis auditorium at UH Manoa (where he also teaches). He’ll play songs from his debut solo album Born & Raised with guest artists. Some sales proceeds from his CD, funded entirely by Kickstarter, will go to a new music program at the college …

Gregory “Ben” Benjamin, a Mililani resident and federal employee at Wheeler Army Airfield, received the Transportation Corps Regimental Association Military Saint Christopher Medal this summer at Wheeler, where he is a veteran traffic management specialist with the 599th Transportation Brigade … The lady behind the phenomenally successful (and fattening) Eat the Street festivals is Leilehua High graduate Poni Askew. Her team of tasty food trucks will be open for business from 2 to 7 p.m. this Saturday by Mililani Rec Center 7 …

Nathaniel Ray (Leilehua 2009) has graduated from Army basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C. … Stafford-Ames Morse hopes to publish his book next year on the history of Waialee, and anyone interested in the old North Shore training school for boys (it burned down decades ago near Crawford Convalescent Home) is welcome to contact him at morsesa@hotmail.com …

Funeral services were held – with full Lions Club honors – last week for Keiji Amemiya, 88, a member of both the Wahiawa and Mililani Lions clubs for decades. Born in Waialua, Keiji also was a retired Dole Wahiawa superintendent

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