Waha Nui – 4/1/15

Kahaluu’s Mark To-will was thrilled to report home from a training sail aboard the Hikianalia in Auckland. Mark, who now races sailboats professionally, met up with the Malama Honua voyagers in mid-March in New Zealand. “It’s fantastic to be here at the same time as Hokule‘a and Hikianalia and reconnect with the whole community and see some familiar faces” …

Speaking of Polynesian Voyaging Society’s awesome trip, Windward entertainers Jack Johnson and Paula Fuga have recorded Chucky Boy Chock‘s Na Ho‘okele Opiopio, a song to honor the project and support it financially. Download it at rallysong.com/jack-johnson. “We are proud to support them,” Jack says …

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Sherrie Au

Hawaiian Airlines has hired Kaneohe’s Mark Packard as senior director, treasury, to oversee financial risk management, fleet planning and more. Mark has more than 15 years of experience in aviation and finance, plus degrees in Japanese and international affairs … Kaneohe’s Tracia Villanueva earned a career-best score (9.850) on the balance beam for Seattle Pacific at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Gymnastics Championships March 21 in Alaska …

Kailua’s Steven Barber made the fall and winter dean’s list at Columbia College’s Fort Worth campus … Services were held March 14 in Kailua for Robert Hockaday, 87, who with his late wife Martha raised four kids in Lanikai, took them on grand adventures and then wrote about “how to travel with kids.” Later at Pohai Nani, Robert also organized its library and established a collection of sing-along books and staff histories …

Kaneohe’s Sherrie Au has rejoined Locations, bringing back with her decades of real estate experience, especially in the luxury markets. She’s also in Kaneohe Business Group and New Hope Christian Fellowship … Pohai Nani has an art studio that showcases work by its residents, such as the current “Chinatown, Etc.,” a collection of photos by former Honolulu Academy of Art director Jim Foster

More about Mike Fairall‘s Mokulua High Performance Builder: His LEED house on Kalaheo Avenue is pau — months ahead of the official debut of its V-4 certification & & & cchang@midweek.com