Waha Nui

One of Kailua’s many distinguished contributions to music is Randy Wong, now the new executive director of Hawaii Youth Symphony. With a resume two miles long, Randy plays, teaches, directs, manages, produces, composes, arranges, broadcasts, podcasts and plays classical double bass. He also has taught music at Kaaawa Elementary. The youth symphony is very, very happy to have him. And, you guessed it, he’s a former member of the HYS …

Randy Wong

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Randy Wong

Kaneohe’s Christian “CJ” Jones plays on the Niigata-Hawaii Goodwill Baseball team, and you’re invited to the team’s fundraiser at Rumours from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. They’re planning some doubleheaders in Japan this summer (222-2577) … Give yourself a break. Ben & Jerry’s has Free Cone Day from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday (April 3) at Windward Mall … Island Insurance Foundation honored 11 public school principals last week for excellence in leadership. Among those receiving a plaque and $1,000 cash award were Lanelle Hibbs of Kailua Elementary and Meredith Maeda of

Castle High … Hawaii’s youngest Poetry Out Loud contestant, Brady Jernigan, is also the state champion, following the March 19 finals. The honor comes with $200 and a free trip to Washington, D.C. to compete nationally. Plus, his homeschool group gets $500 to buy poetry books. Brady lives at Kaneohe marine base, and he’s also busy with Boy Scouts (see story on Page 1) …

Clyde Murakami (Murakami Roofing, 348-8270) and Anthony Gosiaco (All G Electric, 531-2554) are two Kaneohe businessmen who know how to work together, so they’ve made it official by teaming up to do photovoltaic power installations. They also power up with frequent breakfasts together at IHOP in Windward Mall …

Titanic the Musical opened last weekend at Diamond Head Theatre (733-0274), with key Kaneohe talents: John Mount sings the role of Isador Straus, and daughter Megan is musical director (Does she tell Dad what to do?) … UH linguistics graduate student James Grama wants to interview Kaneohe residents native to Hawaii – part of a study on how language changes here. Email him at jgrama@hawaii.edu