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Sunday, September 21, 2003


SCULPTURE'S DEBUT HONORS 'BRUDDAH IZ'

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Six years after his death, hundreds paid tribute to Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole yesterday as a 200-pound bronze bust of the revered singer was unveiled. The singer's widow, Marlene Kamakawiwo'ole, and sculptor Jan-Michelle Sawyer placed leis on the sculpture during the dedication ceremony at the Waianae Neighborhood Community Center. The bust finally arrived this week, but the statue's base was marred by graffiti. The graffiti was removed in time for yesterday's unveiling.


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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Ben Mejia stood in front of a poster of Kamakawiwo'ole and prepared to play his guitar.



BAGGING IT IN WAIAHOLE

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARBULLETIN.COM
More than 1,000 volunteers scoured Hawaii's waterways yesterday as part of "Get the Drift and Bag It," removing tons of debris. Among them was Victor Finoimoana, who cleared overgrown foliage during a Waiahole community beach clean-up. Finoimoana lost both arms in Vietnam.


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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARBULLETIN.COM
Sitani Sugufuraga also took part in the Waiahole cleanup. The event was part of worldwide efforts sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.



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