Waha Nui

Congratulations to Craig Wagnild, my Ahuimanu Hills neighbor, who will lead the nonprofit Hawaii State Bar Association and its 7,000 members in 2013. Craig works with Bays Lung Rose & Holma in construction and real estate … Ron Walker‘s friends and family planted a tree in his memory Jan. 19 at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, following a ceremony of life at Kailua United Methodist Church for the veteran wildlife agent and volunteer on many area conservation projects.


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Craig Wagnild

The Ramsar World Wetlands Day program Feb. 2 in Kailua (see Page 1 photo) also was dedicated to the longtime Kaneohe resident, whom DLNR director William Aila says “will live on through the thousands of lives he touched, the art he created and the species he worked to protect” … Renowned Windward kumu hula Mapuana de Silva showcases all of her kumu graduates since 1979, her Merrie Monarch ladies and the reigning Miss Aloha Hula Lilinoe Sterling in a special concert, Those Darned Traditionalists!, at 6 p.m. Saturday with Halau

Mohala ‘Ilima at Hawaii Theatre (791-1395) … Kalaheo grad and veteran entertainer Justin Young plays tonight (Feb. 13) in Honolulu at the Valentine’s Eve benefit for Animals of Farm Sanctuary. The event features a gluten-free vegan Thai buffet (531-1929) … Kailua’s Chris Vandercook and band bring a Mardi Gras vibe to The Venue at 7 p.m. Saturday for a “raucous, infectuous” time (955-8821) … Windward Rep. Cynthia Thielen is now vice chair of the House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection – the first time for a Republican to have such a House post, she says …

Castle’s Brown Bags-winning band Ho’okipa played at Pillars of Peace Hawaii last month for Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who spoke afterwards with students … No definite plans yet, says management spokeswoman Carol Moore of the grading activity at Koolau Center. The old gas station by Times is gone, making way for more parking … Kathie Wells (263-6703) links schools with stuff they need at communityhelpingschools.org. Latest wish: vacuum cleaners in good shape for several Windward schools