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Wade Orimoto

The late Jenhatsu Chinen of Helemano received a posthumous degree at spring commencement from UH Manoa, honoring ROTC cadets killed in action during WWII with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Jenhatsu was a member of the Varsity Victory Volunteers who dug ditches, built roads and military installations, strung barbed wire and broke rocks at Kolekole quarry …

He’s a radio personality and host of TV’s Hot Hawaiian Nights, but Shannon Scott just can’t stop thinking up new things to do. The Mililani husband and father of two has a new children’s book out from Beachhouse Publishing called Maka the Magic Music Maker. It includes an audio CD, with Shannon performing, of course … Mililani’s Tammy Nakamatsu is the new program coordinator for Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center, moving from another nonprofit, Susannah Wesley Community Center …

University Health Alliance has promoted Mililani’s Wade Orimoto to data analyst manager in its health care services department … Mililani’s Alana Ann Burgess has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. … Alan Nakamura, whose Mililani home is transformed in a ghoulish way every Halloween (see Highlights), hints that he may try to set up a “graveyard wedding” as well, if the weather holds out …

Award-winning Mililani High social studies teacher and department head Amy Perruso is among five finalists up for the National History Teacher of the Year, a $10,000 prize to be announced this fall … Modesto Cordero, deacon at St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church in Mililani, is directing November’s Song, a play about Mother (and new saint) Marianne Cope. The play will be performed by his church’s Spirit-Led Drama Club Nov. 16 at Sacred Hearts Academy (585-3342) …

Here are some more timely tips from Wahiawa ophthalmologist Christopher Tortora of Hawaiian Eye Center on keikis and computers: Make sure monitor screen is 20 to 26 inches away from child’s eyes, viewed from above at a 15-degree angle; adjust equipment to child’s size; use screen covers and lower lights to reduce glare; have them stop every 20 minutes and focus on a distant object for 20 seconds … Kristopher Ornellas (Mililani 2010) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas

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