Waha Nui – 2/18/15

A Kaneohe couple is behind UH Department of Theatre and Dance’s Kennedy main-stage production, La‘ieikawai, a new play in Hawaiian about a princess of that name. Assistant professor Tammy Haili‘opua Baker adapted the mo‘olelo for the stage and directs it, while kumu Chris Kaliko Baker, a Castle alum, is dramaturge and language coach. The play runs Feb. 20-March 1 (944-2697) …

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Joshua Ross

Though she’s officially closing Muumuu Heaven Feb. 26 after eight years because of failed lease negotiations, owner Deb Mascia says she’ll focus on her other shop, Hana Hou Vintage on Kainehe Street, and keep Muumuu Heaven in a “web-only” pattern for now … Organizers of last week’s Windward district science fair at WCC like what Albert Einstein once said: “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” …

Four local teens will have their works on view Feb. 20-April 10 at Hawaii State Art Museum, as 2015 winners of Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Kahuku High’s Sadie Morelock earned a Gold Key for her painting “Bargaining.” Silver Keys went to Kahuku’s Benjamin Earl (design, “Red Raider Nation”) and India Pyzel (design, “Benoa ‘bout It”), and Castle’s Nadine Yokotake (drawing, “Collage”) …

Kailua’s Joshua Ross is a now a senior investment associate with Ulupono, which supports Hawaii projects that impact food, clean energy and waste reduction. Josh did similar work in Boston and has 12 years’ experience in the industry … Kaneohe’s Karen Wataru-Nakaoka has moved up from member relations director to executive director of Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association. She’s already known by CEO George Szigeti as a “sharp thinker” with a passion for the hospitality industry. Karen also has been an Aloha Airlines flight attendant and a Hina Mauka substance abuse counselor …If it’s not too late, you can enjoy director Susan McCreary Duprey and her Windward Choral Society singing African-American gospel and spirituals in a free concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Pohai Nani (234-6639) & & & cchang@midweek.com