Waha Nui

Serious Palolo cook Eleanor Cowell, 8, created a recipe (with mom Lara) for Curry Chicken Salad and a Taste of the Tropics (fruit salad) to win lunch at the White House with Michelle Obama and 54 other winners of the first lady’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. For her peers out there, Eleanor recom-mends kale, chard, pumpkin bread or “something with vegetables put in it” for their bodies’ sake. (She also met the president) …

Brains galore. Hawaii Kai’s Gillian Desmond is believed to be the first Hawaii girl to earn a perfect score on her ACT (formerly American College Testing) exam this year. The DOE said the Roosevelt senior also scored 2280 on her SAT. (Kaiser ‘s Jason Cheng, who had a perfect ACT score last year, recently won a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship) … The governor has named Wailupe and Aina Haina school parent Amy Asselbaye to the state Board of Education …


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Gillian Desmond

Kaiser High and UC Santa Cruz grad Mele Coleman is in the midst of a yearlong, paid marine policy fellowship, currently with NOAA in D.C. … Sacred Hearts Academy’s Sara Tashima placed second in standing shooting and fifth individually overall at the National Air Rifle Junior Olympics last month in Alabama. She also earned an “Excellence” badge, which has been worn by only one other Hawaii resident, her SHA assistant coach Vicci Yau

Kuliouou’s Linda Kaiser, the first person and only woman to swim all nine Hawaii ocean channels, will be inducted with four others into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Aug. 22 at Outrigger Canoe Club (dukefoundation.org for tickets) … Speaking of water, Kaiser High swimmer Kira Fox has won a $10,000 scholarship from the same foundation as Ambassador of Aloha – the student-athlete who best lives up to the late Kahanamoku’s creed. Kira will study and swim at UH Manoa …

Ruthie Ann Miles, who caught the acting bug at Kaimuki High, is one of 12 winners of the 2013 Theatre World Awards for outstanding off-Broadway debut performance (as first lady Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love). She also loves shoes, “until I moved to New York and realized I couldn’t walk anywhere in them”