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Posted on: Sunday, January 7, 2001

O'ahu briefs

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Makakilo board to hear plan

Presentations on the proposed expansion of Seagull School, the Veterans Administration’s homeless facility in Kalaeloa and a Barbers Point cleanup effort will take place at the Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Campbell Estate Building, Laulima Room.

The board also will hear community concerns and committee reports.


Safety industry sets surf meet

Professionals in the safety and rescue field will vie in a friendly surf competition this week meant to build stronger relations among policemen, firemen, prison guards, lifeguards, paramedics and rescue workers.

The first Safety Rescue Specialists Surf Session will take place beginning about 8 a.m. Friday at Pyramid Rock on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe. Event organizer Jeff Barbieto, a firefighter and lifeguard, said he hopes to bring together professionals who frequently work with each other.

"Normally, when we’re all together, it’s for something bad," said Barbieto. "This is geared to bring them together and get camaraderie going."

Events have been scheduled for surfboards, body boards and body surfing. The entry fee is $15, which includes a T-shirt. Extra events are $5 each. Enter at the beach the morning of the event, or call Barbieto at 745-1350.

Project to hire area residents

With construction at Bellows Air Force Station set to begin this month, a coalition is urging residents to take advantage of an agreement with the government that favors hiring qualified Waimanalo residents for the project.

The Hawaii Army National Guard is building the 298th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, a $16.4 million project. The agreement includes work opportunities in the construction and maintenance of the center and the use of its recreational and educational facilities.

The Waimanalo Construction Coalition will assist residents who wish to apply for construction positions with Ocean House Builders, the project’s contractor.

Ocean House is seeking applications for project engineers, carpenters/lead foremen and laborers, said Andrew Jamila, president of the coalition.

Call Jamila at 259-7342.


Waimea Valley panel to meet

The Waimea Valley Advisory Committee meets tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Pikake Pavilion of the Parks at Waimea to continue developing a master plan for the valley.

The 1,875-acre valley has been put up for sale by owner Christian Wolffer, and the city is considering buying it. If the purchase is made, the city hopes to hire a group or several groups to operate the valley.

Subcommittees have been meeting to discuss how the valley can continue educational and cultural programs, as well as how to protect and enhance Waimea Arboretum’s plant collections.

Library to open art exhibit

The Friends of Waialua Library invites the public to a free reception Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for artists featured in the library’s first art exhibit of 2001.

The artists are Peter Raub, Jackie Wilson, Judy Williams, Philip Riley, Karen Scata and Jennifer Eisenhart. Their work ranges from acrylic paintings and watercolors to woodblock prints, bowls carved from native wood and necklaces.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the art will help Waialua Public Library purchase more materials for its collection.

For more information, call the library at 637-4876.


School-switch requests taken

Public school students can apply now through Feb. 28 for geographic exceptions to attend schools other than those in their area for the next year.

Some schools have waiting lists, and a chance selection process is used at schools where applications exceed available spaces.

Priority is given to students wanting to enroll in a program of study not available at their home school; students with siblings already at the school; children of staff members; or students who don’t live with their parents but whose parents live in the school attendance area.

For more information or application forms, contact any public school or district office.

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