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

Kailua’s Sa­muel Perez Hults took sec­ond place in Mas­ter of the Ocean, an in­ter­na­tional wa­ter­sports battle held Feb. 22-28 in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, his na­tive land. First place went to Maui pro ath­lete Zane Sch­weitzer. The com­pe­ti­tion com­bined kite­board­ing, wind­surf­ing, surf­ing and SUP to find the top over­all wave rider. Sa­muel, 28, owns Sammy’s Aloha Wa­ter­sports in Kailua … Five Wind­ward teens are among 23 fi­nal­ists in the 2015 Kaha Ki‘i Con­gres­sional Art Com­pe­ti­tion. U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gab­bard will an­nounce the win­ners Satur­day, but read­ers also can have a say in Gab­bard’s Peo­ple’s Choice awards by March 26 on her Face­book page. Artis­tic stu­dents in­clude Sh­ion Gold­stein, Lili Maero and Tri­ana Tran of Le Jardin Academy; and Shelby Men­des and RJ Sigel of Cas­tle High … More art: Three Kahuku High stu­dents have their works on view through April 10 at Hawaii State Art Mu­seum, as win­ners in the 2015 Hawaii Re­gional Scholas­tic Art Awards pro­gram. Sadie More­lock earned a Gold Key for her paint­ing “Bar­gain­ing.” Benjamin Earl (de­sign, “Red Raider Na­tion”) and In­dia Pyzel (de­sign, “Benoa ’bout It”) earned Sil­ver Keys … Ka­neohe im­prov artist Kimee Balmilero, a Cas­tle Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter and Broad­way vet­eran who starred in an Emmy-nom­i­nated TV show, is putting on Hawaii’s first Sketch Com­edy Fes­ti­val, with Satur­day Night Live as “a huge in­spi­ra­tion.” Kimee as­sem­bled tal­ent from L.A., NYC and right here for sketches and films March 28-29 at Doris Duke Theatre (kimee@bizgym.org) … Friends and kin of Waimanalo cul­tural prac­ti­tioner and healer kumu Alva James An­drews will cel­e­brate his life from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 3 at Ka Ho‘oilina na Kuhio Com­mu­nity Cen­ter 41-253 ‘Ilau­hole St. (pao­la­hawaii@gmail.com). “To have met Un­cle Alva was to be loved and changed by his pres­ence,” writes Kate Bren­ton… Harry and Florence (Iida) Fan­ning plan to add more fam­i­lies to a re­vi­sion of Florence’s Par­tial His­tory of the Ja­panese in Ka­neohe book (2007). They seek area fam­i­lies circa 1898-1959. Call 254-1221 to share your story, or write to them at 44208 Malae Place, Ka­neohe, HI 96744 … Dr. Wally John­son up­dates his kolea stud­ies at 7 p.m. Fri­day at Hale Akoakoa at WCC

Sa­muel Perez Hults

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