Waha Nui – 2/25/15

When Al Lewis, 70, died Jan. 19, it was a loss to his Waimanalo ohana, and was stated well by many friends and lawmakers. U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, for example, entered it into the Congressional Record Feb. 12, noting Uncle Al’s volunteer work with yearly carnivals, the teen project, Kailua High School and Friends of Waimanalo. She called him “a selfless and larger-than-life community leader who found his passion helping those in need.” Amen. Services were Feb. 19 at St. George’s …

Giorgio Caldarone

Giorgio Caldarone
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Giorgio Caldarone

Kailua’s Doug Fitch will sing Aloha Kaneohe and many more original ballads from four albums in a 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday at HPR’s Atherton Studio. Tickets cost $30-$25 (955-8821) … Kaneohe’s Kamakana Kaimuloa has joined Hawaii Chamber of Commerce as vice president of military affairs. He previously was senior legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa … City Council Chairman Ernie Martin recognized Ma’ake and Chris Kemoeatu recently, honoring the Kahuku brothers and NFL players who made national news when older brother Ma’ake donated his kidney to ailing Chris. Both men are now recovered and back home for family time off the field and away from the limelight …

Castle and Kapunahala alumna Elsie Higa Yoshimura has announced the release of her latest self-published book, Memoirs of a Certain Sansei, A Japanese American Mother and Teacher. And it’s your lucky day: Free downloads are offered Feb. 27-March 1 at lulu.com. Elsie has been a respected Japanese language teacher at Iolani for 40 years …

Kailua’s Giorgio Caldarone has a new role in his Kamehameha Schools career: director of real estate planning, commercial division. He’s worked for 10 years in the land assets division (residential, agriculture energy projects) … Health consultant to presidents, British royals and Olympians, Patricia Bragg visited Kailua farmers market Feb. 22 to share facts about liquid aminos …

Lanikai’s Woes Day fun run winners: race veterans Chris Bachl (men) and Lily Bachl (women). And yes, Virginia, there is plenty of traffic in Lanikai. Volunteers counted 1,050 hikers Jan. 19 on the pillbox trail & & & cchang@midweek.com