Waha Nui – 3/12/14

Kailua’s Mondenna (Mondy) Jamshidi is Envision Hawaii’s first executive director, after a decade of operation. Its mission is to build social entrepreneurship and promote economic development in order to solve social issues. Mondy helped develop the state’s Green Business Program for DBEDT and also worked with schools on Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative …


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Lori Abe

College deans everywhere are busy putting Windward brains on their fall semester lists for high academics: Kailua’s Bryce Sadarananda is listed at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Kaneohe’s Keline Yoshimura at Marquette University in Wisconsin, Kailua’s Philippa O’Shea at James Madison University in Virginia, Kailua’s Jhadyne-Georlyn Felipe at University of Hartford in Connecticut, Kaneohe’s Kalei Hosaka and Johnathan Shimabuku at Wheaton College in Illinois, and Kaneohe’s Croix Laconsay, Wallance Miranda and Jacquelyne VanEmmerik at Marist College in New York. Seattle Pacific University lists Jacob Fong and Kimberly Matsui of Kailua; and Caleb Ige, Kelley Ige,Arden Matro and Tracie Villanueva, all of Kaneohe (more to come) …

Hawaii Meth Project’s new board of directors includes three Kailua residents to help executive director David Earles (also of Kailua) guide the drug-prevention program: state Rep. Chris Lee, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce vice president Lori Abe and entrepreneur and former Washington, D.C., lobbyist Powell Berger

Members of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission visited Heeia Fishpond Feb. 27. The group serves 20 tribes and protects their hard-won subsistence fishing rights. Chairman Billy Franks Jr. inspired all the Paepae O Heeia folks. Now in his 80s, Uncle Billy spent his youth getting arrested 56 times. His only crime? Fishing for salmon … Speaking of fish, Castle High culinary students made tasty crab and poke dishes for CPAC show, all to help the troupe pay for its Edinburgh Fringe Festival trip. To help, call Karen Meyer at 233-5626