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Carol Chang

Waha Nui

Hawaii Kai marine biologist Brenda Asuncion is the new loko i’a (fishpond) coordinator for KUA (Kua’aina Ulu ‘Auamo), a nonprofit stewardship group with an OHA grant of $228,000 to build capacity of fishpond practitioners. There are nearly a dozen ponds on Oahu alone for Brenda to help, and she’d like to hear from their caretakers at brenda@hcsnet-work.org … Palolo singer and UH Hawaiian studies professor Jon Osorio will perform with other award-winning musicians Oct. 12 in Hawaiian Mission Houses benefit concert series (447-3910 for tickets) … Looking ahead to good eats? November is the 40th anniversary month for Jose’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina in Kaimuki …

The Legislature appointed Hawaii Kai’s Judy Kern to the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women. Judy is a veteran of public health operations and is on several boards for “vulnerable populations” … Hawaii Rotary Foundation awarded $5,000 scholarships to Kaiser High grads Kira Fox and Gina Hyun, Kalani’s Jenna Pak and Sacred Hearts’ Kelly Zheng and Chelsea Nicholas

John Edwards (Kaiser 1990, UH 1995) has been promoted to U.S. Air National Guard colonel. John is a national defense fellow assigned to the Air Force Research Institute in D.C. … Kaiser grad Steven Fukino was promoted to New York Air National Guard colonel, capping a 35-year military career, plus college degrees and assignments from Antarctica to the Persian Gulf. He and wife Barbara now have two grown sons, one of whom is in the Air Force …

Hawaii Kai’s Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi won a gold award from the Society of American Travel Writers for three “Hawaii’s Backyard” columns in the Star-Advertiser … The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation leadership dinner in D.C. honored Kaimuki’s Trisha Watson, and as the local group’s very active Volunteer of the Year, she also brought Native Hawaiian cultural practices into its management approach … Former Hawaii Kai resident Kenna Ogasawara Marriott wrote Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda, a tribute to daughter Jeannine, who died in 2008 after a long battle with cancer, plus insights and lessons learned (rsimpson@bohlsengroup.com)

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