Waha Nui – 4/8/15

Mililani’s Kristi Hayashida tied for top honors (and a gold medal) in the balance beam for Seattle Pacific University with a career-high 9.875 at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Gymnastics Championships March 21 in Anchorage, Alaska. “Kristi had an awesome routine,” says Falcons’ head coach Laurel Tindall of the SPU sophomore. Next up: USAG collegiate championships April 10-12 in Philadelphia. Kristi somehow made the fall dean’s list, too, along with Mililani’s Lauren Marie Buenaventura

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Mililani Hongwanji Judo Club’s Asa Tadaki, age 8 and a 2014 “Go for Broke” award champion, performed a special demonstration March 29 at the 442nd Veterans Club banquet in Waikiki … As part of the 2015 Kaha Ki‘i Congressional Art Competition, works by two Leilehua students made the Top Four, as announced March 28 by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Rhea Erice placed third, and her “Etiolate” entry will hang in Gabbard’s Hawaii office. April Supnet‘s “External Warmth” was People’s Choice winner, and you can see hers on Gabbard’s Facebook page cover …

Speaking of Mule art talent, Leilehua alum and UH-West Oahu student Ken Tom won the T-shirt design contest for the bookstore’s “West is Best” contest (an online vote), plus a $100 gift certificate from the store. To view and order the shirt, visit bookstore.hawaii.edu/westoahu …

Hark! Yonder Mililani High senior Nicholas Howe (a student of Julia LoPresti) hath placed third at the 2015 state Shakespeare competition Feb. 21, winning a volume of all the Bard’s works plus tickets to Hawaii Shakespeare Festival shows this summer … Mililani High and UH-West Oahu graduate Kevin Yoneda is now floor manager at Servco Auto Waipahu’s Toyota/Chevrolet dealership. Kevin joined Servco in 2006 …

Three area students have their works on view through April 10 at Hawaii State Art Museum, as winners in 2015 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Sadie Morelock earned a Gold Key for her painting “Bargaining,” Benjamin Earl (design, “Red Raider Nation”) and India Pyzel (design, “Benoa ’bout It”) earned Silver Keys. All of them attend Kahuku High & & & cchang@midweek.com