Waha Nui – 5/21/14

Thanks to a reunion program called Huggies Hugs Delivered, Kaneohe grandmother Laura Metz got a lot more than food and flowers this Mother’s Day. The diaper company flew her to Florida for a surprise visit to see her daughter Audra and 3-month-old granddaughter (see Audra’s story on YouTube) … Hawaiian Airlines has promoted Kaneohe native Alisa Onishi to director of brand management. Alisa also helped launch six of the airline’s new routes and is a “key player” on the marketing team, says vp Avi Mannis


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Alisa Onishi

Kaneohe’s renowned children’s book artist Tammy Yee will be the featured speaker June 5 at the Read To Me International WriteOn! Conference at Japanese Cultural Center (955-7600) … Nainoa Thompson seems to be everywhere, talking to folks about the Hokule’a’s world voyage. He spoke April 21 to the staff at Pohai Nani about “making a difference” in life … Waimanalo’s Ryan Harada has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas …

Here’s something that makes a difference. Kelii Kotubetey reports that Heeia Fishpond refurbishers (Paepae o Heeia and volunteers) reached a literal milestone recently by installing the final stones at a key link in the ancient pond’s wall … IQ PR has hired Ahuimanu’s Nancy Usui as vice president in the Honolulu office, bringing with her experience in corporate communications, new media and marketing in banking, medical care and software industries … The first graduates of Marimed Foundation’s Maritime Careers Exploration Program include “outstanding” students John Kealoha of Waimanalo and Jensine Nahoopii of Kaneohe, along with eight other Windward residents. Several will intern with Pacific Shipyards International … As a freshman at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Kailua’s Jennifer Scoville helped her Ethics Debate Team place first among eight schools at a mid-April competition in Denver. Topic was genetic screening and its impact on the workplace