Waha Nui – 3/18/15

NOAA has picked Kaneohe’s Athline Clark as its new superintendent of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The Kailua High and UH graduate brings 20 years of experience in marine sanctuary work, ranging from the Florida Keys to the Pacific … Kahaluu’s Leland Miyano is putting his professional skills to work as a renowned landscape architect on the Hawaii Forest Institute project at Honolulu Zoo. A bright spot in the zoo’s recent history is the Children’s Discovery Forest, designed by Leland and colleagues at PBR Hawaii & Associates to replicate the greenery of a traditional Hawaiian coastal village. Phase I was blessed Feb. 7 …

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Athline Clark

The new sales director at Pohai Nani could burst into song in the hallways at any moment. Kaneohe’s John Gruhler III doubles as songwriter, as well as narrator and singer with Hawaii Opera Theatre … Diana Holland has owned The Cutting Zone Salon in Kailua for 20 years, even though the March 4 Waha Nui gave it a different name. So sorry, Diana …

Ulupono Initiative promoted Kailua’s Greg Gaug to vice president in recognition of his efforts on the group’s investment in Hawaii Dairy Farms, Bike-share Hawaii and OpConnect Hawaii … Kailua’s Jacob Maurice Fong and Natalie Anuhea Frissell made Seattle Pacific University’s fall dean’s list with Kaneohe’s Caleb and Kelley Ige

Speaking of deans, the popular Kaneohe restaurant has moved up the street. Dean’s Drive Inn is now serving its tasty menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday at 45-270 William Henry Road (the old Zippy’s annex, with plenty of seats) … Or order a Pink’s Hot Dog at Sea Life Park, introduced with much hoopla by Hollywood’s Pink ohana — Beverly Pink, Richard Pink and Gloria Pink. The Pinks have added teriyaki sauce, coleslaw and pineapple to the park’s new 9-inch treat …

From the Pinks to Brights: With granddaughter Caitlin Bright in CPAC’s Footloose (see Page 9 story), Ron and Moira Bright also are proud of son Clarke and Lynell‘s sons. Timothy is in Fullerton College’s spring musical, and Christopher has a job at Disney Animation Studio in Burbank, following graduation from Chapman University film school & & & cchang@midweek.com