Waha Nui – 1/1/14

Longtime Kailua imu king Todd Hendricks reports a recent loss of steam – from the imu itself, when a lumber weight punctured the plastic cover and created a “small blowout.” Otherwise the ongoing “underground” fundraisers are in good shape, Todd says, via the leadership of Victor Nobrega-Olivera, his committee and help from KHS athletic director Ramona Takahashi. Which means Todd can fade through the smoke into retirement … Veteran nursing administrator in California Lynette Landry will become HPU’s dean of nursing in January on the Windward campus …


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Belinda Barnes

New teacher Christian Santomauro‘s classroom and Castle High’s library each got a bonus of multiple books and titles, donated from local authors Chris McKinney (Tattoo) and Bennett Hymer (Honolulu Stories) … Jeffrey Ingels is the new Kailua branch manager for Central Pacific Bank, bringing nearly two decades of banking and finance experience to the job. Plus he lives in Kailua, too … Among the 20 high school graduates winning $1,000 scholarships (plus one year’s tuition) to UH from Fun Factory this year are Kailua High’s Christopher Campos and Kalaheo’s Ashley LaComette

Kaneohe’s Belinda Barnes won the Aloha ‘Aina Award for high ethical standards and going above and beyond in service to her Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties clients. Another award-winning Realtor is Kaneohe’s Donna Tomita, a Castle alumna who has joined Coldwell’s Leeward office … The new lightweight propane cylinders are at Yamashiro‘s Building Supply in Kaneohe. It’s also see-through so you know when you’re out of fuel … Kailua’s Ka’ala Souza (3minutemessage.com) has a series of 3-minute, gospel-inspired videos for today’s busy pilgrim. “Think of it as your spiritual protein shake,” he says