Hawaii Kai teen is a state Pres­i­den­tial Scholar

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - FRONT PAGE - Carol Chang

Hawaii Kai’s Caitlin

Mori is one of two Hawaii high school se­niors named Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ars for 2010. Caitlin, who just grad­u­ated from Sa­cred Hearts Academy, will be hon­ored June 19-22 in Washington, D.C., for her var­ied achieve­ments in school and out, her lead­er­ship and “com­mit­ment to high ideals” … Also feel­ing close-to-pres­i­den­tial is Kaimuki High math teacher Jami Mu­ranaka, who is one of six state fi­nal­ists for the Pres­i­den­tial Award for Ex­cel­lence in Math­e­mat­ics and Sci­ence Teach­ing … Laura

Ed­munds Kaakua is the new Na­tive Land Field Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Trust for Pub­lic Land, Hawai­ian Is­lands Pro­gram. A Hawaii Kai res­i­dent and at­tor­ney, Laura will part­ner with Hawai­ians to iden­tify and pro­tect cul­tur­ally and his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant lands in the state. She pre­vi­ously worked at En­v­i­ron Hawaii, Earthjus­tice, OHA and oth­ers. She also dances hula, and is a wife and new mother … Hawaii Kai Lions pres­i­dent Scott Sakata spoke in Ja­panese April 15 be­fore giv­ing a $1,000 check to the Hawaii Kai Li­brary. Then the Nagoya sis­ter club pres­i­dent Masanori Soh matched that amount — and spoke in English — to li­brar­ian Colleen Lash­way. (She likely did not tell ei­ther of them to hush up!) … Cham­i­nade pro­fes­sor (and MidWeek colum­nist) Larry Price had a spe­cial guest in his MBA class May 25. Gov. Linda Lin­gle came to dis­cuss ne­go­ti­a­tion and con­flict res­o­lu­tion, of which she’s ex­pe­ri­enced plenty …

Chenoa Farnsworth of East Oahu is the 2010 Women in Busi­ness Cham­pion of the Year for the city and county of Honolulu. Chenoa owns Farnsworth Con­sult­ing, which of­fers busi­ness strat­egy ad­vice … A man who started his cook­ing ca­reer as a dish­washer at Zippy’s has just won “Hol­i­day Chef of the Year.” Dar­rell

Aoki is ex­ec­u­tive chef at Hol­i­day Re­tire­ment Hawaii Kai, and he tri­umphed over 25 of the na­tional chain’s top chefs this spring to claim the ti­tle. He over­sees daily op­er­a­tions of the kitchen and di­rects all meal prepa­ra­tions there. Dar­rell’s ad­vice to as­pir­ing chefs? “Go to school and get a de­gree, al­ways wash your hands, re­mem­ber to taste the food you pre­pare, and treat food and peo­ple with re­spect, al­ways” … Check out the 2011 Men of the Hawai­ian Is­lands cal­en­dar. Kaiser High 2007 grad Daw­son Bell is Mr. July. This tip is cour­tesy of his lov­ing class­mates … Fu­neral ser­vices are at 11 a.m. Satur­day at Christ United Methodist Church for for­mer Kilo­hana UMC min­is­ter Rev. Sa­muel Lee, 94. The highly re­spected leader in the Korean Amer­i­can com­mu­nity was an ad­vo­cate for our many eth­nic groups though his Rain­bow Min­istry. He led Kilo­hana from 1962 to ’68 … East Oahu res­i­dents Priscilla Growney and Ja­son Na­gai (trea­surer) have joined the board of the Friends of the Can­cer Re­search Cen­ter of Hawaii … The Sony Technology Award (a new Vaio lap­top) went to Jo­van

Shige­tani (Kaimuki 2008) and four other UH un­der­grads “for sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.” Jo­vana helps re­cruit stu­dents and men­tors fresh­men when they en­roll at the col­lege … Rich Meiers of Hawaii Kai re­ceived the Life­time Achieve­ment Award, and Co­ral An­drews of Kaimuki earned the Char­lotte Den­nis Lead­er­ship Award from the Health­care As­so­ci­a­tion of Hawaii at its May 21 ban­quet in Waikiki

Ja­son Na­gai

Dar­rell Aoki

Laura Kaakua

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