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

Ka­neohe’s Kepa Maly, a renowned cul­tural his­to­rian, has been hired by Lanai’s new owner, Larry El­li­son, to be his vice pres­i­dent of cul­ture and his­toric preser­va­tion — a very good sign for the Pineap­ple Is­land. As Kepa told the StarAd­ver­tiser, “It’s the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time.” He al­ready heads the Lanai Cul­ture & Her­itage Cen­ter and knows it well from child­hood … Mary Beth Lay­chak, who man­ages Hoku­lani Imag­i­nar­ium at WCC, says you’ve just got to be there to ex­pe­ri­ence the up­graded Definiti 4K full­dome sys­tem from Sky-Skan. “View­ers feel like they are part of the un­fold­ing scene, whether it is fall­ing through a black hole, fly­ing through Saturn’s rings or wit­ness­ing the be­gin­nings of the uni­verse” (see Cal­en­dar for tonight’s rockin’ laser show “Led Zep­pelin”) … Closer to terra firma, wildlife of­fi­cer Ati Jef­fers-Fabro ex­plained dur­ing a re­cent tour of Kawainui wet­lands im­prove­ments: “We’re grow­ing birds, not taro. But we’ve set up the sys­tem the same way taro is man­aged” … Man­ag­ing a hu­man crowd, Cas­tle High played host last week to stu­dents and staff from its Ja­pan sis­ter school, Musashino Seijo. The teens shad­owed their Knight coun­ter­parts and par­took of a spaghetti lunch … This just in: Grand prize float at the Lanikai Woes Pa­rade was “Let the Par­rot­fish Sleep Tonight,” de­signed by Kris and Kitty Court­ney. (No fish were harmed for this com­pe­ti­tion) … Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ka­haluu’s Ted Sakai, con­firmed unan­i­mously — on Valen­tine’s Day — by the state Se­nate to be per­ma­nent di­rec­tor of the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety. He’s been in­terim leader since last June. And he’s had his hands full right from the start. Ted’s a veteran in Hawaii’s crim­i­nal jus­tice field and also has contributed a great deal to KEY Project over the years … Kalaheo boys soc­cer team as­sis­tant coach Jack Cor­nell re­ceived a $500 grant from his em­ployer, Mon­santo, for his ser­vice as a vol­un­teer coach … Still more vol­un­teers: The Kailua team of Aime Black and daugh­ters Sara and Shelby have launched the Oahu chap­ter of Lion’s Heart, a na­tion­wide vol­un­teer group for grades 6-12 that fo­cuses on “giv­ing back” with no fundrais­ing al­lowed (!). To join or learn more, go to li­on­s­heart­ser­vice.org … If it’s not too late, the Oahu Met­ro­pol­i­tan Plan­ning Or­ga­ni­za­tion wants to hear your traf­fic gripes at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Kailua High (587-2015)

Ted Sakai

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