By The Way

Come Blow Your Horn

The Honolulu Centennial Celebration Commission is seeking 100 conch shell blowers for the big kick-off event. All conch shell blowers who are interested in participating in this historic event and are available on July 1, may contact Wayne Panoke, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, at 523-4674 or by e-mail at

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Wild Bird Rehab Haven (WBRH) recently held two training seminars on wild bird care at the Hawaiian Humane Society. “We receive calls everyday from people who find birds but our group is limited in the number of birds we can care for. Ultimately our goal is to establish a rehabilitation center here on Oahu for the birds, but until that time we are asking caring members of our community to help us raise and release orphaned birds out of their homes,” said Linda Leveen, director of the organization. Shown here is a two-day old Zebra Dove.

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Entries are now being taken for the Waianae Song Composition Contest, designed to encourage the composition of new Hawaiian language songs in the tradition of post-contact Hawaiian music. The contest focuses specifically on compositions that honor the Wai-anae District on Oahu. Deadline for entries is July 1. Winners will be showcased at a live concert at the Makaha Resort on Sat., Aug. 20. For information, contact Kimo Alama Keaulana at 664-2101.



Hawaii Maritime Center celebrated the end of its Financial Freedom Campaign with the “Burning of the Mortgage” mahalo reception last month. Dr. Bill Brown, president & chief executive of-ficer of Bishop Museum and its sister museum, the Hawaii Maritime Center, joined the Bishop Museum Board of Directors, Bob Krauss, Allen Doane, and individuals who contributed to the success of the $1.4 million debt retirement campaign. The HMC Financial Freedom Campaign kicked off in 2004, and it received tremendous support from businesses and individuals. Krauss initiated the campaign with a personal pledge of $100,000 and challenged others to do the same. In response, Allen Doane presented a $100,000 gift from the A&B Foundation and many others followed suit. Shown here, Bill Brown (Bishop Museum), Bob Krauss (Columnist and Maritime Historian), and Allen Doane (Alexander & Bald-win) symbolically burn the Hawaii Maritime Center Mortgage.

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Eight public high school students from Oahu have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from Hawaii Self Storage toward a degree at the college or university of their choice. Each will receive $1,000 toward their tuition, which will be renewable yearly for a maximum
of two years for associate degrees and four years for bachelor’s degrees. The 2005 scholarship program winners are from: Moanalua High School, Jared Taniguchi, Evelyn-Rose Hata, and Jomel Renee Sumira; Farrington High School; Thinh Vu and Somphone Chanthanam; Radford High School, Lindsey Wooldridge; Nanakuli High School, Dustin Kauhane and; Pearl City High School, Jessica Lum.

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The Children’s Alliance of Hawaii will receive a check for $26,000, the proceeds of a benefit concert created and organized by two Punahou School students, River Kim and Tierney Morikawa, together with their steering committee of about a dozen youth volunteers, who just wanted to give something back. The Second Annual Malama Jam, a variety concert and dance program staged by dozens of students from a number of schools along with a handful of adults, was held last month in the Mamiya Theatre at Saint Louis School.


For the ninth year in a row, “Kalamalama,” the HPU student-produced newspaper received a top national award – this time for Outstanding Cartoon – and also a national First Place award that placed the paper among the top college newspapers in the nation. In other award news, “Honolulu Magazine” won a Gold Award for General Excellence at the national City and Regional Magazine Association con-vention. Recently, the “Oahu Island News” received an award for general excellence as well from the Hawaii Publisher’s Association.

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The Windward United Church of Christ will award four scholarships from the Holmes Living Memorial Trust to four high school seniors from the Windward side of Oahu this month. Selected to receive $750 each are Crystal Amote (Punahou), Valerie Galluzzi (Punahou), Emily Gammon (Kalaheo) and David Nishimoto (Kalaheo).

HPU’s Co-ed Cheerleading team has made Hawaii history, winning the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Championships for the third year in a row. The HPU Small Co-ed Cheer team also won first place, as did HPU’s mascot, Sharkey the Sea Warrior.

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Lance Suzuki, a high school economics teacher at Maryknoll School, Honolulu, has won a $10,000 prize for being named the western regional finalist for the 2005 NASDAQ National Teaching Awards. The western region for which Suzuki won the teachers award includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as well as Hawaii.