Waha Nui

Kaimuki grad and Wounded Warrior Brian Kolfage (a triple amputee from a 2004 mortar attack in Iraq) shared his experience at the Navy League’s Sea Service Awards Luncheon last month at the Ala Moana Hotel. Brian has a Purple Heart for his Air Force service and is considered “the most severely wounded airman to survive any war” …


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Richard Coons

Funeral services are at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Waialae Baptist Church for retired CPA Richard Coons, 73, who suffered a fatal heart attack on Thanksgiving, en route to a fishing trip in Canada. The husband of long-time East Oahu lawmaker Barbara Marumoto-Coons, Richard previously worked at Deloitte & Touche …

Well-known blind musician Ron Miyashiro and friends visit the Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped at 10 a.m. Dec. 13, bringing Christmas songs of the past and present to the Kapahulu campus (733-8444) … Kudos to Kalani and Kaimuki high schools, which came in third and fourth, respectively, in the 2012 Shop and Score promotion, winning a share of the $250,000 statewide fund for athletic uniforms and equipment … Hanauma Bay has its own, custom-designed ornament on sale at Honolulu City Lights, complete with a snorkeling Shaka Santa … Kaimuki’s Kelly Morikone, a Kalani High valedictorian, recently graduated from UH law school and has been hired as an associate by Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert to work in the firm’s immigration field … The governor honored East Oahu businessman and longtime community servant John Henry Felix Nov. 9 for his role in establishing Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. John Henry brought everyone together to create the Kaneohe resting place in 1986 and also donated 35 acres of land for it … John Nippolt and his Kalani High art students continue to make their mark – on the walls of the school, at Aloha Stadium (see Page 3) and soon on trees in the national Christmas display in Washington, D.C. … The fear of invasive slugs mean that the Kahala Mall and Kailua Whole Foods markets have locally grown Norfolk Island pines and Leyland cypress trees from Wahiawa’s Helemano Farms for sale – for those who prefer local pests