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

Day of Ser­vice, plant­ing 200 sweet pota­toes and free­ing the lo‘i of hun­dreds of pounds of in­va­sive veg­e­ta­tion … Hau­ula’s Dustin Gold­stein got his GED at 16, then worked, be­came a com­mu­nity col­lege honor stu­dent and, just re­cently at 22, was in­ducted into the Golden Key In­ter­na­tional Honor So­ci­ety at UH West Oahu, where he’s study­ing psy­chol­ogy … Kailua Intermediate and Kainalu El­e­men­tary both need a small re­frig­er­a­tor. If you’re feel­ing cool about giv­ing, call Kathie Wells of Com­mu­nity Help­ing Schools at 225-2621 … Mus­tang cheer­leader up­date: Coach Shannon Callen is a top 10 fi­nal­ist for Dis­ney’s 2014 Coach of the Year. The girls say she’s “our teacher, our strength and our con­fi­dante.” The Kala­heo squad, mean­while, plans a fundraiser March 4 with Papa John’s to help pay for the trip to Amer­iCheer In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onships March 22-23 in Florida. To do­nate to the pizza ben­e­fit (and eat), call 979-7272 … Speak­ing of food, KEY Project’s kitchen man­ager Ken Weir took his culi­nary class to Co­conut Is­land Feb. 12, where they served the vis­it­ing Smith­so­nian’s board of di­rec­tors. Hands-on learn­ing, for sure … Kailua’s Michele Saito, the for­mer face of Farm­ers In­sur­ance here, is the new pres­i­dent of DTRIC In­sur­ance Group, cap­ping a three-decade ca­reer in the in­dus­try. Michele serves on many boards but also makes time to lead a Girl Scout troop … Ka­haluu’s Snookie Mello has been ar­rested by Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion and will be “locked up” at Whole Foods Kailua from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thurs­day. Go wit­ness her pub­lic shame, or bet­ter yet, help her raise $2,000 bail at mda.org/of­fice/hawaii … To catch Kailua na­tive B.K. Can­non on the new sea­son of Switched at Birth (ABC Fam­ily), do it now through March 24 (8 p.m. Mon­days, Oceanic 34) … Kailua eighth-grader Stone Parker has an in­vi­ta­tion to play in July’s Base­ball Fac­tory World Se­ries in Florida. All he needs is $3,000. Checks to Base­ball Fac­tory are wel­come at 370 Kaimake Loop, Kailua 96734 hanks, Doc. About 900 Kaiser Per­ma­nente staffers and friends de­scended on Heeia’s fish­pond and lo‘i — Paepae O He‘eia, Kakoo ‘Oiwi and Pa­pa­hana Kuaola — Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Jr.

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Michele Saito

Dustin Gold­stein

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