Waha Nui – 5/06/15

Film festival fans are taking notice of Kailua student filmmaker John Taschner‘s latest effort, Gen RX, recently picked as a Cannes Film Festival Short Film. It’s a fictional call to action to help Sierra Leone end the spread of the Ebola virus. The republic has honored the former USC film student’s 2014 work, which brought in help and funds …

Kaneohe’s Joe Pelot has earned the distinguished Reserve Specialist designation from Community Associations Institute. Joe is account executive vice president at Associa Hawaii, known for his professional support of condo and homeowner associations. He also helped set up Associa’s maintenance service department …

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John Taschner

Kaneohe’s Tayler Bertelmann has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. … Do you know where your children are? Yes — last week, anyway. Son Kevin was on Molokai discussing fishing rights and eating poke; daughter Kelly was in Nicaragua researching why youths there are so resilient despite incredible poverty; and daughter Erin Wells was with husband Tyrone in the White House West Wing petting the Obama family dogs, Bo and Sunny. (A fan of his music works there and arranged a special tour and lunch) …

Group 70 International has hired Kaneohe’s Kahealani Winchester as a civil engineer to coordinate projects as well as design and development of plans …

McDonald’s of Hawaii gave out its 2015 employee scholarship awards of $2,500 each April 25, including Brittany Balonzo-Tomas, a Kailua High student who works at the Waimanalo outlet (heading to HPU) …

The steel guitar now has an honored place at Polynesian Cultural Center in the form of a statue of Laie’s Joseph Kekuku (1874-1932), inventor of the Hawaiian steel guitar. The statue was created by former BYU-Hawaii student Leroy Transfelt, a native Maori from New Zealand …

Phi Kappa Phi national academic honor society has initiated two BYU-Hawaii students, Hang Ngo and Oi Tung Helen Cheng, and Kailua’s Angela Khalil, a Cal State-LA student …

Kailua’s Dede Guss has established a scholarship in memory of her dog Bentley for Windward CC’s Veterinary Technology program …

Summer science camps for teens, with curriculum created by Windward CC geology and oceanography professor Floyd McCoy, will start June 29 on Hawaii island. See the whole span of adventures, from the depths of the earth to galaxies far far away, at sciencecamsamerica.com