Waha Nui

A ha Hipu’u, a hui of Hawaiian royal societies, honored six “priceless cultural treasures” at its Sept. 7 Kalani Ali’i Awards luncheon for their lifetime of teaching, living, preserving, translating and perpetuating Hawaiian culture. Could this be someone we know? Yep. Congratulations to Kaneohe’s Alice Pualeilani Kanae Hewett.

Now in her 80s, Auntie Alice is active in Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, Kaneohe sports and more … If it’s not too late, you can catch Waimanalo Canoe Club women in Kai Wahine, a documentary by former Kailuan Ann Marie Kirk, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 on OC16 … Laie’s Lara Leimana Fonoimoana is the new group sales manager at Turtle Bay Resort. Lara already wears many hats and crowns: Polynesian Cultural Center marketer and dancer, mother, wife, flight attendant, Realtor, BYUH grad and Mrs.


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Eddy Braucht

America 2011-2012 …Windward Cars owner and retired Army Ranger Frank Caliri will give away a “Warrior Wagon” at the end of UH football season. See the 1998 Cadillac limo for yourself at 1005 Keolu Drive, or in Aloha Stadium parking lot before every UH home game. The contest entry that names the winner of the Nov. 30 Army-Hawaii game and comes closest to the total score (without going over) will win the car Dec. 7. For details, check out windwardcars.com/giveaway … Kailua’s Ken Zeri, nurse-turned-chief operating officer of Hospice Hawaii, was honored Aug. 30 with a $10,000

Ho’okele award for individual professional development. The annual grant is for “exceptional work of selfless leaders,” giving them a chance for some rejuvenation before that nonprofit burnout sets in … Eddy Braucht has moved from the mountains to the sea. He’s the new director of revenue management for Turtle Bay Resort. Now settled in Hauula, he was previously an award-winning reservations manager at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort … Kailua divinity student Annie Grogan, daughter of Christ Church Uniting pastor Kerry Grogan, has won the inaugural grant from John and Maxine McCaw Scholarship Fund for Prophetic Living, Teaching and Preaching, and she’ll use it to study at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas