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North Shore muralist Hilton Alves continued his Surf Art Kids program by completing mural No. 16 May 14-15 at Lanakila Elementary with help from the children and artists Catherine Hunter and Stephanie Boinay, a former BYU-Hawaii art student … Speaking of BYU-Hawaii, Kahuku High seniors’ sensational 9-minute performance May 28 in the college’s Cannon Center brought their graduation to the entire e-connected world with much help from the Fonoimoana ohana … Jeremy Stormes, former Oahu field supervisor for Reynolds
Recycling, is heading to Sweden to play pro hockey. Imagine trading in oversight of collection hubs from Haleiwa to Kalama Valley for fame and glory on the ice. He made a stop in Toronto last week to train, though he already plays center and winger.Good luck, Jeremy! … Henry Ishida, 94 (Waialua 1939), received France’s Legion of Honor medal last Saturday, along with fellow Hawaii 442nd veteran Sueo Fujii, and John Anusewicz of the 492nd Fighter Squadron, for helping liberate that country during World War II. Ishida’s unit also freed Jewish prisoners from Dachau concentration camp … There’s a new garden in front of Waialua Elementary School, which came about through a partnership with Monsanto Haleiwa. The seed company’s operations manager Caleb Dohrman says employees (many are alumni of the school, as are their kids) helped dig up the ground and plant four varieties of plants to match the area’s ethnic mix — Hawaiian, Philippines, Japanese and European. “We were happy to lend a hand to help the garden reflect that diversity,” he said in the company’s May newsletter. Added the Sweet Springs, Mo., native: “Haleiwa brings me back to my roots of a small town within an ag community” … Former Red Raider Sam Campos shares tips on creating superheroes at 5:30 p.m. June 9 at Kahuku Library. Sam invented the Pineapple Man comic book character and still has others up his sleeve … Services were held June 4 for Mililani’s Toraki Matsumoto, 86, a former Wahiawa businessman who served Central Oahu on the City Council for 17 years … Wahiawa Lions Club recently named Sterling Ohia Police Officer of the Year (1,500 cases and counting!) and Capt. Tim Rapoza, 23-year veteran at Wahiawa station, Firefighter of the Year