Waha Nui

Hawaii Women Lawyers has honored Hawaii Kai’s Shannon Wack as Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year, Niu Valley’s Susan Ichinose with the President’s Award, and Kapahulu’s Judge Fay Koyanagi with the Outstanding Judicial Achievement Award … Cheri Kau won $500 as a finalist at the UH Student Employee of the Year lunch for her outstanding work with the Manoa Writing Program. She’s a senior from Hawaii Kai studying family resources …

Cheri Kau

Cheri Kau
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Cheri Kau

Keahiahi Sharon Long won OHA’s $1,000 Hawaiian Language award at the Merrie Monarch Festival for her hula, which also earned her second place in the Miss Aloha Hula contest. Her kumu hula is Maelia Loebenstein Carter of the Kaimuki-based Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe o Wa’ahila … Cougar Connection editor-in-chief Brandon McMurtry was named Kaiser’s Most Valuable Staffer at the Hawaii High School Journalism Awards …

Aina Haina’s Monica Salter has been promoted to senior account manager at Bennet Group where she leads its “green” public relations task force, helping clients with sustainable strategies … Kahala teen Christopher Lindsay won the 2012 Hawaii State Pepsi Youth title for Boys 12 and Over at Schofield Bowling Center … Three happy barks for Olivia and Tate Hirayama. The Aina Haina Elementary students requested donations for the animals at the Hawaiian Humane Society in place of birthday gifts. It came to $700 …

The local chapter of the Sales and Marketing Executives International has honored East Oahu resident and former Hawaii first lady Vicky Cayetano as Salesperson of the Year for her achievements as CEO of United Laundry Services and for being “an exceptionally smart business person” and community servant … Sorry to report that longtime Kalani Iki resident and attorney Paul Durbin died March 31 at home, survived by his wife of 70 years, Margaret, and daughter Paula