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

aint­ings by three Wind­ward artists — Arna John­son, Peggy Krantz and Meala Bishop — are hang­ing in the newly ren­o­vated wings of Kaiser’s Moanalua Med­i­cal Cen­ter, se­lected for con­vey­ing “heal­ing and re­spect for cul­ture and di­ver­sity.” Meala hap­pened to be vis­it­ing there re­cently and ran into one of her paint­ings along the In­ten­sive Care cor­ri­dor: “So nice to see it in a heal­ing place,” she re­ports … Kailua Real­tor Ali­son Wis­nom will be fea­tured on HGTV’s Feb. 9 broad­cast of Hawaii Life, help­ing a mil­i­tary fam­ily buy a place in West Oahu. And as a Le Jardin par­ent, Ali­son also is cochair­ing the academy’s April 20 Moon­light Gala … Kahuku Ele­men­tary needs an abacus for count­ing. To help them out, call Kathie Wells of Com­mu­nity Help­ing Schools at 225-2621 … Con­grat­u­la­tions to Hau­ula cou­ple Kendal and Ellen Mat­suda, who are re­tir­ing this month af­ter four decades of run­ning the NAPA Auto Parts store in Laie Shop­ping Cen­ter … Kailua’s Shirley Hasenyager is Wind­ward co­or­di­na­tor for the an­nual Con­ven­tion Cen­ter ele­men­tary school art com­pe­ti­tion, and the en­try dead­line is March 15. Teach­ers should email her at shirley­inhi@aol.com for de­tails … Kailua’s Taj’a Ku‘uleialo­hanani Kam Lin Wong was named se­cond princess at the 2014 Nar­cis­sus Queen Pageant Jan. 11, and last week­end’s coronation ball made it of­fi­cial. Taj’a, who’s work­ing on her master’s in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion at Ar­gosy Univer­sity, wins a roundtrip ticket to China, col­lege schol­ar­ships, a year of mar­tial arts classes and more. She sang Michael Bu­ble’s Feel­ing Good… “At our school, they learn many gen­res and styles of dance — bal­let, mod­ern, jazz — but what they love is Broad­way tap,” says Cas­tle Per­form­ing Arts di­rec­tor Karen Meyer. In fact, tap danc­ing has be­come a good way for stu­dents to earn money for the CPAC trip to Scot­land’s Fringe Fes­ti­val this sum­mer. At a re­cent First Fri­day gig in Chi­na­town, for ex­am­ple, Karen says they made nearly $300 in two hours. “Tap danc­ing is SUCH an at­ten­tion get­ter!” There will be plenty of tap in their Fringe play, too: Ge­orge and Ira Gersh­win’s mu­si­cal Crazy for You

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