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Mark Ayres

Mark Ayres

A self-taught quilter, retired Castle High teacher Margaret Teruya of Kaneohe will be in Paducah, Kentucky, April 25-28 as a semifinalist in th American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show and Contest, where she and 375 others will compete for $120,000 in cash awards. Who says retirement is dull? … Students, look out!

Replacing the retired Ben Moffat as WCC drama prof is Nicolas Logue, straight from teaching world theater at London’s East 15 Acting School. His background is Asian theater and martial arts for stage combat … Seattle Pacific University lists two scholarly Kaneohe students on its fall semester dean’s list: Tracey Noeau Ige and Shane Takayuki Sato

And Kahuku’s Andrina Ramos and Kaneohe’s Kerry Daimon both made the fall dean’s list at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon … Our Pacific golden plovers leave for Alaska next week, and Wally Johnson‘s usual spring talk about the departing kolea will be April 19 at Hanauma Bay this year (see calendar).

That’s according to Annette Kaohelaulii, a longtime Kaneohe kolea watcher who has taken flight herself to a new nest in Hawaii Kai … Ferraro Choi and Associates has promoted Kaneohe’s Mark Ayres to project architect. Mark designed the HIMB lab on Coconut Island and is now working on a science center for Stevenson Middle School …

Memorial services start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Kailua Beach Park for Aka Hemmings, 59, noted paddler and co-founder of the Kaneohe-based Project Pure Light (for paddlers with disabilities). Aka died March 30 …

St. Anthony eighth-grader Nathan Revor took first place ($200) and also grand-prize runner-up ($100) in the grade 6-8 essay division of the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation’s “Inspired in Hawaii” contest with the theme Dream Big and Make Hawaii a Better Place. Nathan’s “Solutions to Homelessness” outlined basic recycling and trash cleanup work for them, followed by job support and homeless housing – to be built by the Ching foundation …

Polynesian Cultural Center has added spear-throwing to its guests’ entertainment options, urging folks to “channel your inner warrior” in the Tahitian Village by piercing a coconut mounted on a pole 20 feet away. “It’s not so much about strength as it is about technique,” explains marketing director Raymond Magalei