Waha Nui – 4/16/14

Susan Amuro

Susan Amuro

Longtime Waialua resident and North Shore Outdoor Circle leader Patsy Gibson, now 85, is the winner of the 2014 Hawaii Salute to Senior Service award, which comes with $500 for a charity of her choice. Patsy’s dedication to community service was recognized by Home Instead Inc. (which ultimately picked a 97-year-old man from North Carolina as its national awardee). “Patsy has proven once again that age is meaningless when it comes to making a difference,” said Home Instead president Jeff Huber

Incidentally, you know you’re ancient when: A class of third-graders at Kahuku Elementary believes you – with mouths agape – when you say the Dr. Seuss book you’re reading to them is the same one you read to your kids 100 years ago … The Republican State Leadership Committee has named Rep. Beth Fukumoto, R-District 36 (Mililani-Waipio Acres), to the 2014 Future Majority Caucus advisory board, a national group whose aim is to diversify and grow the GOP …

Hawaii Employers Council has hired Wahiawa’s Susan Amuro as its research and compensation analyst. Susan previously worked at DFS Group and has 20 years’ experience in the industry …Award-winning Mililani author Chris McKinney has penned another good one. The Red-headed Hawaiian is a nonfiction story about his childhood friend Rudy Puana, who rose out of a troubled island life to become a double board-certified critical care physician, now running a pain clinic in Hilo. Chris says the message is critical: “that anyone can succeed if they set their mind to it. In my work with the Language Arts Center in Mililani, which I run with my wife, I see how important it is for young people to believe this.” You can buy a copy next month at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival …

More books: Kahuku High’s 2006 valedictorian Kealohilani Wallace will sign copies of her new novel Thursday during a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school store. Some proceeds go to KHIS and to Koolauloa Educational Alliance Corp. Half-Hearts is the first in a fantasy trilogy, says Kealohilani, who writes for “the Echo Boomers – those who grew up with Harry Potter but were then abandoned by Young Adult publishers when they turned 18.” She’ll also be at the Hawaii Books & Music Festival May 3-4 with more copies