Waha Nui

Kailua resident Jobie Masagatani is the new Department of Hawaiian Home Lands director, bringing years of experience to the office from DHHL, OHA, The Queen’s Medical Center and her alma mater, Kamehameha Schools … Sarah Chase (Kalaheo 2008) has graduated from California’s Chapman University with a major in accounting, and she shared the Betty Hutton Williams Award for Outstanding Student (in diligence and scholarship).

Sarah Chase

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Sarah Chase

Plus, dad Phil Chase says she’s already lined up a job with Deloitte in the fall. Phil, by the way, is a ferroequinologist (train fan), and the May issue of AAAHawaii magazine published one of his photos. It shows Ben Dillingham‘s swanky private railroad car, parked at the Hawaiian Railway Society in Ewa … The Hawpe ohana in Kailua had its share of good news this spring. Dad Joe was promoted to store manager at the Office Depot store in Aiea, and his daughter Jessica was named “Most Outstanding Band Member” at Kailua High School. Jessica, who mostly plays the flute, also was picked to perform in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with six of her bandmates in New York City…

Kailua’s Keith Kilburn has been certified as an Aging-in-Place specialist for Graham Builders, where he is design department manager. This means he can tell you the safest way to remodel your home for an elder relative … Retired Kailua High teacher Karin Kosoc says friend Bob Magoon is coming back to Hawaii for his 90th birthday party June 27 at Hula’s Bar in Kapahulu. “There’s a long guest list, and Vanita Rae Smith (Maunawili theater director) says she wants to produce Bob’s Broadway play 13 Daughters again,” Karin says. Part of a kamaaina family with a colorful past in real estate, Bob also co-wrote Numbah One Day of Christmas, among many other familiar songs … Kailua’s Alex Morrison, who plays upright bass with the Saloon Pilots, has another life as an archeologist, which means the popular Windward bluegrass band just sent him off with a farewell concert, and a tear or two, as Alex moves on to a teaching job in New Zealand