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Posted on: Monday, February 12, 2001

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Boulders hit Kalanianaole

The Honolulu-bound lane of Kalanianaole Highway at Makapuu was closed for nearly two hours early yesterday morning while state highway workers cleared it of boulders.

Police who arrived at Makapuu at 12:40 a.m. said the boulders had been dislodged from the cliff above the roadway by heavy rain. The highway was reopened at 2:25 a.m.

Marilyn Kali, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said yesterday’s rock fall in the area is being studied and several mitigation projects will be planned, then presented to the community.

Yesterday’s slide covered a 10-foot-square area, and the boulders were smaller than basketballs, she said.


Mililani Mauka may grow

Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc. is planning to begin work next year on the third phase of Mililani Mauka.

The developer proposes to build about 522 single-family homes and 304 multi-family units on 104 acres that had been considered for the University of Hawaii’s West Oahu campus. Before the six-year project can begin, Castle & Cooke must get permits to build and grade, as well as have the land rezoned from its designation for public facilities.

It has prepared a draft environmental assessment of the project for public comment. The assessment is available for review in area public libraries. Comments are due by March 10.

For more information, call the state Office of Environmental Quality Control at 586-4185.


Motorcyclist hurt in Makiki

A man driving a stolen motorcycle was critically injured yesterday after he lost control of the bike and crashed in Makiki.

Police said the unidentified man was heading west on Dominis Street at about 12:45 p.m. when he lost control of the 2000 Suzuki. The vehicle struck a retaining wall near the intersection with Kewalo Street. The man was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center, where he was reported in critical condition yesterday afternoon. His name was not released.

Police said speed was a factor in the accident. The motorcycle was reported stolen from a Makiki address Saturday evening.

Weed & Seed success feted

Residents of Kalihi-Palama and Chinatown marked the second anniversary of the Weed & Seed program in their community Saturday at Beretania Community Park.

The project joined the community with federal, state and county law enforcement agencies, social agencies, nonprofit groups and businesses to "weed" crime from neighborhoods and "seed" it with social services and economic development.

Serious felonies, such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, theft, burglary and auto theft, have decreased 75 percent from 1997 to 2000. Reported serious felonies in the area dropped from 3,041 to 746.

The results for other offenses including fraud, gambling, drugs, drunken driving, simple assault, embezzlement and disorderly conduct dropped 69 percent, from 7,686 reported offenses in 1997 to 2,346 in 2000.

Saturday’s program featured presentations of certificates from the state Senate to the Honolulu Police Department, the U.S. attorney’s office and the Honolulu prosecutor’s office. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. attorney’s office. It is active in 226 cities nationwide.

Goodwill seeks those it helped

Goodwill Industries is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary and is seeking graduates of its job training and career services programs to share their stories.

To provide archival material or personal accounts, contact Laura Kay Rand at 836-0313, extension 251, or send e-mail to Goodwill has served more than 5 million people since it was founded in 1902 in Boston by the Rev. Edgar Helms.

Its network in the United States and Canada includes 181 autonomous agencies. It has 38 associated organizations in 27 other countries. It provides education and career services, job-placement and continuing support.

Arc will assist state officials

The Arc in Hawaii, with cooperation from its Kauai chapters, is sponsoring its third legislative internship program for the mentally disabled this week.

Today through Friday, 31 adults with mental retardation will assist staff in the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor and 28 legislators.

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