Waha Nui

Polynesian Cultural Center has hired Lara Leimana Fonoimoana as its new Hawaii sales manager. Lara knows the park well as the former lead dancer in Ha: Breath of Life and member of the PCC promotional team. She’s also a former Mrs. Hawaii and Mrs. America 2011-2012. According to the North Shore visitor attraction’s marketing director Raymond Magalei, she’s “an ideal ambassador” for the cultural park …


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Lara Fonoimoana

Speaking of PCC, Utah artist Eric Dowdle unveiled his commissioned folk art landscape painting of Polynesian Cultural Center at the park’s board room last week, a treasure that will soon be available in puzzle form for big box shoppers … Jonathan McKoy (Mililani 2008) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina … Recent graduates of Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, include Caleb Buenconsejo (Mililani 2006), Jenson Kaopuiki (Mililani 2011), Wahiawa resident Nestor Albalos (a distinguished honor graduate) and Samantha Meadors (Leilehua 2011)…

Two Air Force Reserve recruits, Justin Pettigrew of Mililani and Patrick Garcia (Leilehua 2012), also competed basic training at Lackland … Mililani resident Janet Wang-Lee was on the Honolulu tennis team that finished second at USTA League 6.0 adult mixed doubles national championships last month in Tucson. The team plays regularly on the Central Oahu Regional Park courts … Congratulations to Mililani High outside hitter Jordyn Keamo, named No. 6 in the state by the Star-Advertiser for girls prep volleyball – part of the newspaper’s “Fab 15” … Shaun Gorgonio (Mililani 2001) has graduated from Air Force basic training and is studying to be a high-power electrician at Sheppard AFB, Texas