Waha Nui – 9/3/14

Hawaii Conservation Alliance honored Hui Ku Maoli Ola owners Rick Kaponowaiwaiola Barboza and Matt Kapaliku Schirman this summer with its Conservation Innovation Award for making their Kaneohe nursery a great source for native Hawaiian plants for gardens and landscapes … Hawaiian Airlines has promoted Kailua’s Jim Landers to managing director-Hawaii maintenance, putting him in charge of its fleet of aircraft. Jim knows his planes, after a career as a Navy pilot with 42 combat support missions in the Balkans and Middle East, plus command posts and two college degrees …


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Jim Landers

Adam Worrel and Peter Keizer take their Kaneohe custom-shirt business online with a crowd-sourcing campaign called “FlashFlood.” They’ll need $15,000 in order to set up a mobile screen-printing trailer at BayFest Hawaii Oct. 17-19 on the Marine base. Check out flashfloodhi.com before Sept. 24 …

Waimanalo’s Ann Phet Keosavanh has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., as has Lafrederick Conley (Kahuku 2002, Remington College 2009) … Kailua’s Megan Cook, also known as Mission Blue ocean ambassador and Atlantis Submarine copilot, is currently the lead science communication fellow onboard the Nautilus, a 211-foot research vessel exploring undersea mountain ranges near Puerto Rico. What a tale to tell! See it at nautiluslive.org

Kaneohe’s Greg Leong has joined Hawaii State FCU as financial adviser for its Kaimuki and Main branches. A veteran finance guy, Greg’s also logged 20 years with Hawaii Air National Guard Reserves … Crime report: Friends are lending support to canoe maker Uncle Bobby Puakea, whose tool supplies were raided — for the second time — by thieves at Heeia State Park in July. Find out how to help him get back to his craft and teaching others at puakea.org/donate

Have you seen a flowering 12-foot white shower tree? Thieves plucked it Aug. 23 where Halekou Road and Apuakea Street meet. Neighbor Rom Duran says the city planted it just a month ago. Call 971-7151 with any clues … Kalaheo’s Varsity Sideline Cheer squad won Outstanding Team plus leadership and showmanship awards at Moanalua High’s AAA Cheer Camp & & & cchang@midweek.com