Waha Nui – 11/26/14

The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force gave its Outstanding Management award to Pupukea’s Denise Antolini for her work in fisheries, marine enforcement, aquatic invasive species control, and much more via the DLNR Law Fellows program … Another North Shore attorney, Jeanine Cornwell, has joined Imanaka Asato in its civil litigation section, bringing experience as city deputy prosecuting attorney and as a law clerk for Judge Dan Foley


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Andrew-Timothy Nuesca

Great early Christmas present: Fun Factory is giving $1,000 plus one year’s University of Hawaii tuition to 20 students selected as its 2014 Fun Factory/UH Scholars. Two of them are Leilehua graduates: Jaylina Abuy (going to LCC) and Chelsea Lugo (UH West Oahu) … Solomon Elementary first-graders got their reward. If they read 1,000 books, principal Sally Omalza promised to kiss a pig — and she did. Kama the Surfing Pig and two of his squealy friends, to be exact …

James Samuel (Leilehua 2008) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, as did Mililani’s Andrew-Timothy Nuesca … Mililani’s Dec. 6 Christmas Parade has added eight tons of snow for the kiddies, to be played in at Mililani Shopping Center … Need to get warmed up after that? Look for Loyola Marymount grad Kimi Kaloi‘s bright-turquoise food truck, Homegrown Brew, in its usual Wahiawa spot, at 505 Avocado St. weekday mornings, or midday Tues/Thurs near Oceanic Cable in Mililani Tech Park. She’s also got tea, lemonade slush and homemade pastries (facebook.com/homegrown-brew) …

As the Nov. 4 general election dust settles, 2015 state Senate committee chairmanships have been announced, with Central Oahu lawmakers all ready to go: Michelle Kidani will chair Education, and Donovan Dela Cruz will chair Government Operations … Overlooked in the periodic, glowing report of lucky local Las Vegas gamblers listed in the Nov. 17 Waha Nui: Wahiawa resident Jane Oda, who won $10,776 on the Blazing 7’s slot machine at the California Hotel and Casino & & & cchang@midweek.com