Waha Nui – 4/9/14

Kaneohe’s Herb Lee accepted the Cesar Chavez “Champion of Change” award March 31 at the White House along with nine other community leaders from across the nation. As executive director of Pacific American Foundation, Herb works in environmental education (including Waikalua Fishpond), culture and career development (not to mention his band Hawaii Loa). U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says he’s “touched the lives of more than 3,500 teachers and benefited more than 70,000 of our keiki” …


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Peter S. Cole

Kailua artist Thomas Deir has two new tile murals up in a highly visible spot – Ala Moana Center food court, linked to the opening of Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood. Tom says the fish swimming in one scene are heading toward the eatery, which is just the point … The reunion of two post-polio women evolved into a videotaped interview and songfest between TV producer Shirley Sypert and retired Le Jardin French teacher Olga Gilliland. Sypert’s Post Polio show airs at 4:30 p.m. Mondays in April on ‘Olelo 54 …

Speaking of ‘Olelo, Kailua’s Angela Angel has moved up from video producer (an award-winning one) and administrator to the newly created post of chief production officer. Angela also teaches the subject at Chaminade and LCC … Kau’i Dalire was Miss Aloha Hula 1992 – not 1971, as mentioned here March 26 … Pamela Boyar, a partner in FarmLovers Farmers Markets (including the Kailua Elementary venue), took some Manoa Chocolate Hawaii bars (straight from the Uluniu Street shop) to share at a recent California Small Farms Conference for her talk on Hawaii success stories. Drooling was reported …

Congratulations to Kupa’aina bass player and singer Stan Tibayan of Ahuimanu. He just retired after nearly 40 years of driving a city refuse truck. His last day at Kapaa station was one big kanikapila. Good job, Stan, and good times ahead … Professional artist and Kahuku High alumnus Peter Shepard Cole is about to release an iPhone case featuring his new ocean painting, with 15 percent of sales proceeds going to North Shore Community Land Trust. To see his work, come to the Windward school district office at King Intermediate, or visit petershepardcole.com