Waha Nui – 1/29/14

Part of Leilehua’s 2013 national champion Cyber-Patriot team, Kawika Lavarias has been inside a lot of forts since graduating last May. He’s completed Army Reserve basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and also Army Intelligence training at Fort Gordon, Ga. The son of David and Patrina is now assigned to Fort Shafter in the multi-channel communications signal corps … Sunset Beach Elementary teacher Sheri Burke is totally certified, having successfully completed a yearlong, rigorous national course in effective classroom teaching … Waialua’s Mark Talaeai (Leilehua 1989) and Pastor Steve Rivera of Whitmore have launched a surf ministry, Spit Hawaii (surf, pray, intercede, trust). They host a “Bread on the Beach” Bible study/potluck as part of it at 6 p.m.


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this Friday (and every last Friday) at Puuiki Beach Park. Mark says they’re also working on a clothing line. Email hawaii360surf@gmail.com … Vanessa Mills, Mililani High’s 2013 valedictorian, is continuing her academic prowess at Northern Arizona University. She made the dean’s list with a 3.94 GPA for her first semester there … Former intelligence officer Bill Russell, now a Mililani retiree, wants to tell you about the hazards of Trifuralin, used in garden products here. Call Bill at 625-5358 or email jrtfoxie@aol.com … Wahiawa folk singer and retired Navy CPO Gordon Freitas performs at 7:30 p.m Saturday at HPR’s Ather-ton studio with Peter Apo and Keith Haugen (955-8821) … Daniel Strick-land (Mililani 2008, UH 2012) graduated from the Army’s Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, Ga. … Damon Shimabukuro (Mililani 2012) graduated with distinction from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas … Morica Sanchez Ortiz (Leilehua 2008, Heald College 2010) graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. … And Brittney Buenconsejo (Leilehua 2011) graduated from Army basic and advanced training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., specializing in military police skills