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Posted on: Tuesday, February 6, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff


School issues on agenda

School discipline and the shortage of textbooks in classrooms will be discussed at the Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board meeting tonight at 7 at the Waianae Neighborhood Community Center.

Board members also will discuss support for the city’s legislative package for fiscal year 2001.

Redistricting meeting set

A meeting to inform residents and answer questions about the state Department of Education’s plan to redistrict students attending Mauka Lani and Makakilo elementary schools will be held tonight at 6:30 in the Makakilo Elementary library.

Leeward District schools superintendent Hazel Sumile called the meeting to explain her rationale for moving students from the two crowded schools about six miles away to Barbers Point Elementary, which has been drained of students since the Navy base there closed in 1999.

Sumile’s plan will send students that already ride the bus to school from the West Hills area of Makakilo to Barbers Point at the beginning of the school year next fall, and students from Honokai Hale the following year. In all, about 220 students will be moved.

Sumile told a group of residents at a meeting last week that her decision is final. "I know that this is a very difficult thing for you to be going through right now and I want you to know that as a parent myself I understand how you feel," Sumile told about 40 parents Friday at Mauka Lani.


Mo-ped rider hospitalized

A 15-year-old boy was in guarded condition last night at the Queen’s Medical Center after he fell off his mo-ped on Kalanianaole Highway in front of Kalani High School yesterday.

Police said the accident happened at around 7:14 a.m. in a town-bound lane of the highway. The accident forced police to close two lanes and snarled morning traffic. The lanes were re-opened after 8 a.m., police said.

Hanauma Bay visitor revived

A 56-year-old Canadian tourist was in fair condition last night at the Queen’s Medical Center after he collapsed of an apparent heart attack at Hanauma Bay yesterday.

Lifeguards and paramedics responded at about 12:35 p.m. and resuscitated the man on the beach after he stopped breathing and had no pulse, said Bruce Lee of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department of Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division.

He was later taken to the hospital, Lee said.


State to talk about stream

The state Department of Health is seeking ideas to improve the water quality of Waimanalo Stream and will discuss pollution limits in the waterway during a public information meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13 at Waimanalo library.

The meeting will include a presentation of a draft report on pollution limits, "Total Maximum Daily Loads for Waimanalo Stream." Total maximum daily loads are the maximum amount of pollutants that can enter surface waters without violating the state’s water quality standards.

Waimanalo Stream is on a list of impaired water bodies that was prepared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To be removed from the list, the stream’s entering nutrients and sediments must be reduced to an amount allowed by the state.

For a copy of the draft report, contact the Environmental Planning Office at 586-4337.

School holding World Fun Fair

Culture and geography will be combined with fun at the Maunawili Elementary School World Fun Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school campus, 1465 Ulupii St.

Each booth will highlight a different country and provide food, games, crafts or activities from that country.

Free entertainment will feature Maunalua, Imua, Keahi Wai and Na Oiwi.

There also will be a bounce house, strong man, cake walk, games and more.

Proceeds from the fair will benefit teachers and Parent Teacher Association-sponsored school programs.

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