Waha Nui – 2/4/15

San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o stepped into the new role of donor last week at his alma mater, Kahuku High & Intermediate School (before transferring to Punahou). Manti presented a $10,000 check — half of it his own money and half from the NFL Matching Funds Grant — to support the Red Raiders’ football program, including equipment and supplies. Principal Pauline Masaniai was grateful for the gift: “We appreciate that Manti is giving back to his community, and as a school and extended ohana, we’re proud of his many accomplishments and giving spirit.” Manti’s mom also works as a counselor at the school, and both parents are proud Red Raider alumni …

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Carol Momi Abella

Legendary Kailua musician/composer Kenneth Makuakane will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at HPR’s Atherton Studio on Kaheka Street (955-8821). He also will receive the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in May … Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks took the $2,500 first prize (from Revolusun) in Sustainable Coastlines and Kupu Hawaii’s first Ultimate Sand Sifter Challenge Nov. 15. The prize came with an additional $2,500 from Jack Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation to replicate five of its winning designs to help clean up island shorelines …

STOKE Certified which (not surprisingly) promotes the best in surf and snow resorts, has bestowed its “Sustainability” leadership label on Turtle Bay Resort, following an intensive onsite evaluation. The group noted the resort’s work with local schools, cultural festivals, local farming, conservation easements, green roofing, solar panels and more … Kaneohe’s Carol Momi Abella has joined Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties in its new agent training office …

Kapunahala Elementary principal Deborah Nekomoto is in the running for two national awards, nominated by Castle-Kahuku Complex area superintendent Lea Albert: National Distinguished Principal and the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership award. It would be an honor to be “sent to the principal’s office” at her school. Stay tuned & & & cchang@midweek.com