Waha Nui – 8/20/14

The public can pay its respects to renowned Kaneohe kumu hula Norene Pomaialoha Dalire during services at 5 p.m. Aug. 19 and 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at Hawaiian Memorial Park. A celebration of life for “Aloha,” longtime Kaneohe dancer and teacher (and first Miss Hula in 1971) also is set for 1 p.m. today (Aug. 20) as a convoy of her family and friends will drive by her special Kaneohe places, including the Keolalaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka studio on Kahuhipa Street. Aloha died Aug. 6 at age 64 … A chicken strolled onto the stage during a recent Hairspray rehearsal at Paliku Theatre. He checked out the green room, the multipurpose room and production manager Allan Lau‘s office before being gently invited back outside.

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So you might notice a chicken dance in the musical when it opens Sept. 19, “cooked up” by director Ron Bright and choreographer Marcelo Pacleb. Cluckits, I mean, tickets anyone? (235-7310) … Hawaiian Airlines has promoted Kaneohe’s Renee Awana to senior director of product development, capping a 20-year career in marketing and brand strategies … Kaneohe’s Taylor Ishida has won a $4,000 scholarship for outstanding academics and community service. The Hawaii Baptist Academy graduate was eligible as an Aloha Petroleum family member for the grant from Western Petroleum Marketers Association. She’ll study music at Minnesota’s Concordia College … Sam Izumi has started the new school year as the official, not “acting,” principal of Kahuku Elementary, where he also taught, coached and was vice principal before heading up Hauula Elementary from 2009-2013 …

Kaneohe’s Heidi Nicholls has won a $2,000 grant from the Scholarships for Military Children Program (funded by commissaries worldwide). She’s currently a student athlete in cross-country and track-and-field at Westmont College in Santa Barbara … Kaneohe’s Kalehua Katagiri made the spring dean’s list at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. & & & cchang@midweek.com