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Paliku Theatre manager, Tom Holowach has been riding a perfect storm of ticket frenzy for the theater’s blockbuster production of Les Miserables, which he calls a “catastrophic success.” But now he and three volunteers get to move 700 people off the waiting list for the handful of extended shows. Plus they’re set up for online orders for the four Wednesday nights they’ve squeezed into the schedule (see ad in this edition). “It’s so complex, I’m going to write a story about it,” he gushes between quick bites of lunch and box office calls. “It’s a huge, huge nightmare, but I’m ecstatic!” …


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Chris Kim

Chris Kim (Castle 2011) joined the Army Reserve after being in the Hope Chapel Youth Ministry in Kaneohe. He won top honors for his unit in his technical engineer/surveyor/draftsman course at Fort Leonard Wood, and was “best fighter” in his unit’s grappling matches before deploying to Afghanistan and Kuwait in March 2013 for 13 months with a promotion to Specialist E-4 … Speaking of Castle, athletic director Laynie Sueyasu requests: The community is welcome weekdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the new all-weather track, but please kokua by wearing flat-soled shoes, only bringing water to drink, and don’t trash the grounds! …

Maunawili’s Paul Brennan will be at the microphone Sunday at Kailua Christian Church, but not in his usual roles as pastor, archeologist or historian. Paul and members of his old singing group, The Crusaders, will sing at the worship service at 10 a.m. … Kailua-based “mom-preneur” Vanessa Perez and her business Henry Hats Hawaii is expanding its keiki accessory line to include bowties, which made their debut last month at Pinch of Salt Market Place. Here’s Kaneohe kindergartner Koen Makinano showing off the hot new stuff (382-1875) …

Kahuku firefighter Jeff Wallace wrote the screenplay and doubles as director for the all-new, all-local independent film Angel By Thursday, now filming weekends on the North Shore. “It’s a wonderful local production team, and we’re all working hard for free,” says producer/actor Arlene Newman-Van Asperen (who was 2005 Mrs. Hawaii America). “I’m so proud”