Waha Nui...

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander - Carol Chang

Pupukea ice skater Danielle Fletcher, 16, is on her way to the Aus­tralian Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships, be­ing held the first week of De­cem­ber in Mel­bourne. A dual cit­i­zen, Danielle com­peted there pre­vi­ously while on a fam­ily visit, and was in­vited to the Big One. She has many ma­ha­los for her Hawaii coach, Jen­nifer Jones. Danielle has di­vided her school time be­tween Kahuku High and My­ron Thomp­son Academy. Says mom Diana: “We’re re­ally, re­ally ex­cited!” … Mililani pro surfer and board shaper (5,000 of them) Dar­ren Tat­suno has opened an insurance agency in Kapolei and is hop­ing to com­bine the two con­cepts. Af­ter years of suc­cess­ful surf com­pe­ti­tions, Dar­ren ex­pe­ri­enced a se­ri­ous heart block­age, which led to a pace­maker and a less phys­i­cally ac­tive life­style. Now he hopes to give away his cus­tom boards while sponsoring a meet to ben­e­fit the surf­ing com­mu­nity, all pro­moted with his new part­ner, Al­ls­tate. (You’re in good hands with Dar­ren?) Call him for de­tails at 674-9647 or 258-9313 … Speak­ing of surf, Saa Gin­lack has ex­panded his Kauai Surf Shop busi­ness to Haleiwa, and lives in a house right be­hind it ( 66- 642 Kame­hameha Hwy.) sell­ing only his Tamba brand … As­sets School’s ed­u­ca­tional tech­nol­ogy di­rec­tor Mike Travis has won the Mak­ing IT Hap­pen award from the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for Tech­nol­ogy in Ed­u­ca­tion. For five years, the Mililani res­i­dent has led As­sets’ Schools for the Fu­ture grant project, and for two years has man­aged all of its tech re­quire­ments and up­grades. As­sets teaches gifted and dyslexic chil­dren through in­te­grated meth­ods, in­clud­ing the new IT tools that Mike over­sees … Army Spc. Thomas Loome with the Schofield mil­i­tary po­lice says he and col­leagues got to “be vo­cal and vis­i­ble” with Cub Scout Pack 176 dur­ing Red Rib­bon Week at Wheeler Chapel Fel­low­ship Hall Oct. 28, where they con­ducted an anti-drug les­son with the scouts … Think­ing of mak­ing of gift of blood dur­ing De­cem­ber? Hawaii Blood Bank will give you a bag of fruit bars in thanks, plus a chance to win a trip to Las Ve­gas (for Dec. 23-Jan. 4 donors)

Mike Travis

Danielle Fletcher

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