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Carol Chang

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Paramedic of the Year for Oahu is Mililani resident Lorrin Okumura, a safety specialist with the city Emergency Services Department who developed critical safety programs for staff and also helped with Honolulu’s infectious disease exposure plan … Speaking of safety, the Biennial Governor’s Pacific Rim Safety and Health Conference this spring honored Iliahi Elementary School with the top “Excellence in Safety Award” for a small employer in the public sector. The Wahiawa school involves staff, JPOs, students council and its video production crew in its campaign for traffic, playground and campus-wide security …

Eric Leano of Mililani and Chelsea Pavone of the North Shore are now independent project developers for RevoluSun. Eric has his MBA from Chaminade and coaches AYSO in his spare time. Chelsea brings experience in service, tourism, insurance and furniture sectors … Leilehua High photography teacher Keith Sasada won the $1,000 Ovation Inspired Teaching Award from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The award is given to instructors “whose students repeatedly receive top Scholastic Art & Writing honors” … Haleiwa’s Holden Takahashi won an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy – an accredited college in New London, Conn. He learned of it during Honors Day at Iolani School …

Speaking of Iolani, Mililani resident Michaela Kamemoto was on Iolani’s LifeSmarts team that saw its teacher win Coach of the Year from the National Consumers League. James Rubasch took Michaela and four other students to the national competition in Philadelphia where they were vigorously tested on consumer awareness issues … Waialua resident Kathy is back again to ask readers for spare flower pots of all sizes. She raises plants in them for St. Michael’s Catholic Church fundraisers. Over the years, Kathy figures she’s donated “15 truckloads” of potted plants to the church. “I can grow plants and find dirt,” she says, “but the pots are hard to come by (637-0488)”

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