Waha Nui

Kailua’s Victorian Tea Room and Boutique, A Cup of Tea, will host author Maya Soetoro-Ng Saturday on Uluniu Street where the president’s kid sister will have lunch at 12:30 p.m. and do a reading for keiki from her children’s book, A Ladder to the Moon, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. (230-8832). What a perfect spot for both. The book is a touching tale that made the New York Times best-seller list …


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Louise Alina

Not a children’s book, but just as important, Dr. Sonny Wong‘s Windward Heart Center in Kailua has made the list of three-year certification (re-accredited) by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for echocardiography (adult transthoracic) … E kala mai. I had Rev. Michael Grogan married to the wrong woman! Rev. Kerry Grogan (not Kelly) is his wife and pastor of Christ Church Uniting …

Kaneohe’s Patrick Graham, a Realtor associate, has been selected to serve on the Honolulu Board of Realtors’ board of directors for his second two-year term as Windward/North Shore regional director. Patrick works out of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ Windward office … Lady Luck smiled on these area slotplayers in recent trips to downtown Las Vegas: Kaneohe’s Charmaine Rogers $7,000, Martina Miller $6,750, Rosalind Fujinaka $6,000, Barbara Yee $4,000, Momi Smith $4,000; Kailua’s Chester Takemoto $7,107, Kathleen Akau $4,000 and Ruth South $4,000

Kahaluu’s Louise Alina won first place in the kupuna solo category Nov. 17 at the Kalakaua Hula Festival at Hale Koa Hotel. Louise dances with kumu hula James Dela Cruz, based at Kaneohe Community and Senior Center … Avis Alokele Kalama and her Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter got a small leg up from a recent competitive grant via Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation in its mission to reduce domestic violence …

Kailua’s Larry Martin has won the Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Award, a national honor, for his leadership, academics and service. Larry has a WCC associate degree and UH Manoa bachelor’s degree. He manages programs and technology for UH’s Small Satellite Program (space Mission ahead in 2013)