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Kamehameha student has dream fulfilled


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POSTED: Saturday, July 25, 2009

It was a dream come true for 13-year-old Kamehameha student Ana Malia Kia when she had a front-row seat for the Jonas Brothers' July 17 concert at TD Garden in Boston. Ana's dreamboat is Nick Jonas but she loves his brothers, too. The pop band phenomenon shook up a screaming, sold-out crowd of 19,600 fans, most of them teenage girls. Some wore bridal outfits, asking the brothers to marry them. The concert was one of the fastest sellouts for the Garden on record. The great seats were arranged by Ana's grandmother, Mary Clivio, vice president of the Garden. She told Ana the seats were in the 40th row and the isle girl was ecstatic when they were taken to the front row. Ana was standing up and sceaming during most of the concert with her Boston cousins. They even scored a JB guitar pick. After the show, Ana said, “;My dream came true. Thank you grandmother.”; Ana's mom is Home Quest Broker Drea Kia, originally from Boston. It was an unforgettable night for Ana but she was disappointed when a sign she worked so hard on, asking the brothers to “;Come to Hawaii”; to perform, was confiscated. Hopefully, they got a look at it ...

I didn't have a fun trip, such as Ana's, on my recent vacation. Instead, I had laser surgery for a swollen prostate that my doc, Robert Carlile from Castle High and UH, encouraged me to have done for years. Kudos to the doc and to his office staff, headed by nurse Frances Young. I was also impressed by Dr. Lilian Kanai, who administered the anesthesia for my surgery. I don't remember closing my eyes, but I did. When I awakened, I thought I was still in pre-op and asked when we were going to surgery. A nurse told me it was over. That was an eye-opener. I didn't even know I was moved. Chicago-transplant Kanai learned how to swim here. After relocating to Hawaii, she became a triathlon athlete and competes in them. She hasn't won any yet but she's a winner when it comes to anesthesia. Queen's Anesthesia Perioperative Evaluation Center was also something new and impressive. A week before my surgery, three of APEC's nurses—Honorata Balinowski, Lisa Sabiniano and Christella Guzman—had acquired much of my medical history. They questioned me thoroughly for more data on what meds and vitamins I take. Head nurse Guzman checked me out and also quizzed me. (Nurse Rose Cabalteja was my cheerleader.) All of the data acquired was stored electronically for Carlile and Kanai to pull up ...

Queen's turned 150 this year and Emme Tomimbang is producing a documentary, “;The Queen's Medical Center: 150 years of Moments,”; booked Thursday at 9 p.m. on KHON2, with a repeat next Saturday at 4 p.m. A special moment has Genoa Keawe's son, Eric Keawe, sharing how Queen's helped Genoa's family and friends bid farewell to the Hawaiian music legend with days of music and hula ...

I failed to give Skinny Lynnie Crawley a photo credit for her fine shot of Chuckie, Mihana and Mahina Souza and Noah Aluli that appeared in the June 27 Wood Craft. Sorry Skinny ...