Waha Nui

The father of two Kalaheo High graduates, Raymond L’Heureux, now is the new DOE assistant superintendent for School Facilities and Support Services, following a distinguished Marine Corps career. He’s called “a vision- ary leader” by schools chief Kathryn Matayoshi. Ray replaces Randy Moore, former Kaneohe Ranch exec- utive, who retired from the DOE June 30 … The Equality Foundation will honor Windward lawmakers, Sen. Clayton Hee and Rep. Cynthia Thielen, at its gala Friday for their efforts to keep the civil unions bill free of weakening amendments and their general advocacy for gender identity and expression… Kailua’s John Cowen has graduated from Boston College summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics, following a commencement address by award-winning broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff … Mike Fairall and his Kailua-based Mokulua High Performance Builder company has earned Hawaii’s first Certified Graduate Builder designation — showing it’s passed strenuous standards in business, project management and education … Kailua’s charismatic musician and teacher, Dion “Boogie” Scott, does his seventh solo gig in HPR’s Atherton Studio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring his highly individualistic slide guitar stylings (955-8821) … Associate professor Linda Randall, who commutes from her Kaneohe home to UH-West Oahu in Pearl City, was honored recently with the Outstanding Teaching with Laulima Innovation Award for her use of technology and online discussions in the classroom that enhance student learning … Another winner is: Kahuku Elementary’s Kiani Akina, who wrote the best poem for grades K-4 in the Humpback Whale Month Ocean Contest. It starts like this: “Humpback whales are very cute, You’d never see one in a suit. Humpback whales eat in the summer. They weigh more than a Hummer.” Her schoolmate Pomai Tollefsen tied for first among grades 5-8 … Kaneohe’s Momi Mariani made the spring dean’s list at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham in New Jersey … Sky Forges (Kailua ’11) has graduated from Army National Guard basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.