Waha Nui – 4/2/14

Kalani High graduate Michele Nekota is coming home from Utah to be city parks director, after working for and running Salt Lake City’s 21 rec centers, 102 parks, three ice rinks, 18 swimming pools, six golf courses – plus plenty of open space and trails – for 28 years. She also played volleyball for BYU and in the pros.


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Michele Nekota

Welcome home, Michele … More Falcon news: Kalani seniors Jessica Chen and Marina Matsui won Youth Citizen awards at Soroptimists International’s annual brunch March 8 at Waialae Country Club. Jessica ($300) is student body president who also volunteers with Malama Maunalua and Waikiki-Kapahulu Library. Marina ($700), another Malama Maunalua volunteer, arranged to adopt a stream bed by the school. She also helps Hawaii Blood Bank, Teen Link Hawaii and with athletic training … Steve Uyehara of Hawaii News Now is honorary chairman of Palolo Home’s annual golf tourney, set for May 9 on the Ala Wai course (739-6033) …

Hawaii Kai’s Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Goto has graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Enlisted Nuclear Power School in Goose Creek, S.C. … Want to watch “a wonderful play about bravery and honor?” Waialae school parent Melinda Nascimbeni urges all Mulan Jr. fans to come see Waialae Performing Arts Co. present it at 2 and 7 p.m. April 18 at Kaimuki High auditorium … State Rep. Gene Ward and friends team up with Boy Scout Troop 101 for an Earth Day Ka Iwi cleanup April 26, meeting 8:45 a.m. at Allen Davis wall on the ewa end of Sandy Beach, followed by lunch at Maunalua Bay (586-6420) …

And Scrabble’s still a hot item at Kahala Mall; play it every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at center court; game boards provided … Hawaiian Airlines has appointed Kaimuki’s Timothy Watkins its Director of Continuous Improvement. Don’t know if Tim’s black belt in karate will help that effort along … Pastor Timothy Mason of Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church has joined the Hawaii Foodbank board of directors. His church’s Angel Network Charities already serves more than 2,200 hungry people a month from its own food pantry