Waha Nui – 2/26/14

The 2014 Pro Bowl brought together key players in the war against lung cancer. Meeting at Nico’s restaurant were Kaneohe’s Karen Latzka (a survivor) of the National Lung Cancer Partnership and NFL veteran Chris Draft, who has his own foundation to promote awareness, screening and treatment. Nico’s also hosted the 2013 Breathe Easy Breakfast …


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Cody Peolman

Kaneohe’s Kapono Ciotti – a veteran drummer with Lori Kimata in his West African fusion band Jamarek – entertains at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Station Bar & Lounge on Kapiolani … Dr. W.Y. Chung has acquired a picosecond aesthetic laser to revitalize the skin at his Vein and Skin Centers in Kailua and Honolulu. He explains that it delivers ultra-short bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second. Zap! Tattoos, freckles, sunspots and some birthmarks apparently just disappear …

Chief organic officer Mark Ferguson has taken his Down to Earth health food chain online with ordering now open at estore.downtoearth.org. Don’t worry: Kailua and the other real stores are still open too … Another Mark, Kailua’s multitalented Mark Murakami, just made captain in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, “capping” a 22-year career of both active duty and reserve service – he served on the West Coast and in the Caribbean. A former Surfrider, Mark also is a director and award-winning litigator in the Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert law firm, treasurer for the Hawaii Bar, Legal Aid Society volunteer, blogger (HawaiiOceanLaw.com), husband and father. Phew! …

Kailua resident Dennis Muth has published Mother Mary Comes to Me: Words of Wisdom from Medjugorje, which tells of his spiritual renewal during a backpacking trip through Europe after college. Of course, the title has a familiar ring to it. Dennis also is part of two Beatles tribute bands (amazon.com) … Twin brothers Cody and Jacob Poelman (Kahaluu Christian School 2012) have graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas