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Wahiawa-born graphic designer Clyde Caminos took first place in Impressions magazine’s prestigious apparel-decorating competition for his Hawaiian-styled “Legends” design. Clyde now owns KA Grafix Custom Printing & Designs in Virginia … Mililani’s Cassie Favreau-Chung and Joel Libed are cast in Manoa Valley Theatre’s latest controversial rock musical, Spring Awakening, playing March 8-25 (988-6131). Music director is Kenji Higashihama, also of Mililani …

Mililani Middle School eighth-grader Risa Askerooth wrote an appreciation letter to her English teacher Carolyn Almeida in October and won a $100 gift certificate for herself, $250 for her class and a $250 gift certificate for Carolyn from Lex Brodie’s Tire Co. plus her teacher got a two-night stay at the Princess Kaiulani, and a nonprofit of Risa’s choice received $250. Now that’s what’s truly called a “Thank You … Very Much” award …

Mark DeCastro Realty, based in Mililani Mauka, has named Donna Tomita its Realtor of the Year for 2011, honoring her “exceptional customer service, outstanding sales performance and tremendous contribution to the company, community and real estate industry.” Donna previously worked with Castle & Cooke Homes as vice president of sales and marketing …

Former Mule-turned-chef Alan Wong is one of three finalists for the prestigious International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards, to be announced April 2 in New York. Alan’s career has garnered many awards, and this is his second cookbook The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong from Watermark Publishing …

Aloha to two treasures of Wahiawa and the North Shore: Peggy Paty, 90, who died Feb. 15, was an active mom and volunteer in Waialua while her husband Bill worked for the plantation. She is remembered for helping preserve Waialua Courthouse and Kaiaka Park, among many other projects. Also, Dick Rodby, 81, who died Jan. 28, will always be linked with Wahiawa’s popular restaurant and watering hole, Kemoo Farm, and for developing its signature Hawaiian Happy Cake …

The Oahu Soroptimists honored three Mililani High students at their Feb. 25 awards reception at Waialae Country Club: Caitlin Kelly won a Youth Citizenship Award, and Melinda Chinen and Kelsi Watanabe won the Violet Richardson Award for volunteer service

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