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Roxanne Ai

Waialua scholars George and Willa Tanabe discussed their acclaimed book, Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii: An Illustrated Guide (2012) Feb. 2 at Waialua Hongwanji Mission, highlighting local temples, including the host of their lecture. (It opened in 1902.) They’re both UH emeritus professors, and the state’s 90 Japanese Buddhist temples are their passion. You can see them again at 6:30 p.m. March 7 during Waialua Library authors night (637-8286) … As her reward for devoting the most volunteer hours to charity, Roxanne Ai picked Hospice Hawaii to receive a $500 check from Central Pacific Bank’s Employee Rewards program. Roxanne is customer service manager at the Wahiawa branch …

Mililani Presby-terian Church reports that its former youth leader and Mililani High grad Joel Libed has landed the role of the Tinman in American Family Theatre touring company’s production of Wizard of Oz, based in New York City. “We know he DOES have a heart, but he’s so thrilled to finally get his shot,” states the MPC newsletter. The tour hits East Coast cities starting this month …

Artist Thom Madro (Thomadro) is optimistic about art on the North Shore. He’s just opened his second gallery in Haleiwa, at the North Shore Marketplace (637-8888), to go with the one at Haleiwa Town Center (637-8010), which opened in 2009. A reception for Jordan Dodson is at 5 p.m. Saturday (town center) and works by Trey Surftees Tiki Art Feb. 23 (marketplace) … Mokuleia’s Ian O’Sullivan, a Yale grad and classical guitarist, plays at 7:30 p.m.Saturday at Orvis Auditorium with songs from his new CD Born and Raised, and with Honolulu Guitar Quartet (956-8742). Some ticket proceeds go UH music school’s guest artist fund