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The Filipino Community Center will salute Kailua’s Emme Tomimbang Nov. 9 at its annual benefit dinner in Waipahu. “We want to honor Emme, a highly esteemed veteran broadcast journalist, for her many contributions to the Filipino community and the community-at-large over the past several decades,” explains FilCom Center president (and Kaneohe resident) Ruth Churma. Looks like they’re in for a long night (680-0451) …


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Sean Umetsu

WCC’s former vice chancellor Richard Fulton co-edited the new book Oceania and the Victorian Imagination, a collection of essays on Oceania’s impact on Victorian culture (ashgate.com) … Kailua’s Drew Tsubota has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas … From Kaneohe-based BeachHouse Publishing: Kaneohe artist Holly Braffet illustrates Keala Up a Tree, a new picture book by Patricia McLean out this month …

Kailua’s Diane Ako, former TV reporter and current public relations director for the Halekulani, has been named a Pacific Century Fellow, joining 31 others in a nine-month program of leadership development …

Kaneohe’s Sean Umetsu is now a financial consultant in investment services for Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. A certified financial planner, Sean previously worked in the same area for First Hawaiian Bank and Bank of Hawaii (CFP) … Kainalu Elementary first-graders need a 7-by-10-foot rug. Got rug? Call Kathie Wells of Community Helping Schools at 225-2621