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Kimo Ah-Hoy

Waimanalo resident Kaycie Merrihew is feeling pretty merry these days. The Sea Life Park marine animal trainer is one of two Hawaii finalists for wildlife caretaker in Tourism Australia’s global competition for “Best Jobs in the World.” The top three finalists for six jobs Down Under will be revealed May 15; winners June 21 …

Speaking of winners, Kimo Ah-Hoy was named 2012 Rookie of the Year from Kahuku Community Media Center at the ‘Olelo Public TV Awards banquet in March. A Kahuku High sophomore, he’s president of Kahuku Film Club and excels in technical, artistic directing and managerial skills. He’s known as the go-to ‘Olelo-certified cameraman and has produced many interviews, sports and music videos – while not on stage at Polynesian Cultural Center, or recruiting new club members.

‘Olelo Spirit of Community awards went to the club’s tireless volunteers Kathleen Connors (media, writing mentor) and Daniel Russell (animation, special effects mentor). Jeff Nash won the same award for Windward Community Media Center (at King Intermediate). Jeff and his volunteer crew at Habilitat have helped on many productions; he also assists in studio service and mentors students …

If it’s not too late, you can catch a free screening of Na Kupu Mana’olana Seeds of Hope, a locally produced film about the return to traditional farming, at 7 p.m. May 7 at Whole Foods Kailua … Kathie Wells of Community Helping Schools says Hawaiian print fabric and yarn are needed for teachers’ projects at various schools. Call 263-6703 or go to communityhelpingschools.org