Aina Haina skateboarder makes the finals at West Coast skate-off
A n 11-year-old from Aina Haina has returned for the annual King of the Groms West Coast skateboard qualifier in California, where he placed in three events to make the finals for next month.
Heimana Reynolds placed second in Expert Bowl, third in Intermediate Street and seventh in Expert Mini ramp. The competition drew skateboarders from as far as Canada, Florida and of course Hawaii … Army National Guard Pvt.
Changbum Kang (Kaiser 2009) has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. … All you folks in East Oahu should be well-adjusted, happy people because the leaders of the Hawaii Psychological Association live among you. New officers include president-elect Barbara Higa Rogers of Aina Haina, past president Rosemary Adam-Terem of Palolo and treasurer Nancy Sidun of Hawaii Kai … Kaiser Permanente has hired Aina Haina attorney Craig Nakamoto to be its health and regulatory lawyer. Good choice: First of all he went to my alma mater, University of Oregon, for his undergrad and law degrees. That wasn’t enough, though. Craig also has a master of law from Boston University law school and has spent 20 years in the field here in Hawaii … Busy East Oahu dance teacher Salome Sato is starting up a line dancing class at Our Redeemer Lutheran School on Tuesday nights in January. “We dance to rumbas, waltzes, cha chas, as well as good ol’country music,” she says (737-4596) … Marissa Meyer of Niu Valley Middle School read her winning environmental piece, The Last Dance, at ING Direct Cafe last month during a gathering of the Hawaii Conservation Alliance and the Pacific Writers Connection, sponsors of the annual My Hawaii Story project. Out of 380 entries, 25 poems and stories were selected for publication … Nicolo Quinto (Kaiser 2006) and Chin Ho Kim (Kaiser 2005) have both completed Army ROTC leadership training — Nicolo (a University of San Francisco student) at Fort Lewis, Wash., and Chi Ho (a UH-Manoa student) at Fort Knox, Ky. … Aina Haina Elementary won the Team Spirit award at last month’s FIRST LEGO League Challenge at Blaisdell Arena … Hawaii Kai’s resident expert on Islam, Saleem Ahmed, attended the Congress of World Religions in December in Melbourne, Australia, where he participated in a panel discussion on the similarities shared by most religions … Waialae Iki’s Susan Park leads Project HelpTalkHawaii sessions with displaced workers each weekday through this Friday in Honolulu. A former UH ombudsperson who was laid off herself, she also has been a judge and state insurance commissioner. “I’m concerned about the increased potential for depression, domestic violence and substance abuse (from being laid off),” explains Susan, who helps to clarify thinking and identify options (561-9698) … Promoter Jayme Simoes sent me a timely e-mail from New Hampshire: “As you start running your ski reports, don’t leave out one of the biggest and best mountains in the East: Waterville Valley Resort”