Wednesday, January 17, 2001
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Posted on: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


15-20 foot surf forecast

Another large winter swell is expected to bring surf on the North Shore up to heights of 15 to 20 feet today.

The surf was forecast to start increasing last night and be 20 feet by this morning. While the swell is not expected to be as large as last Friday’s, when surf reached 25 feet, another large swell is behind it and the waves should remain high for several days, National Weather Service forecaster Brad Fujii said yesterday.

Lifeguard Lt. Pat Kelly said the surf would be dangerous. He cautioned beachgoers to visit guarded beaches and speak with lifeguards if planning to enter the ocean.


Vision team meeting today

Landslide remediation options for Aina Haina will be discussed at the next East Honolulu vision team meeting at 7 p.m. today at the üina Haina Public Library.

Other projects approved by the community attending the meetings will be discussed, which include a walkway over Kului Stream for Wailupe Valley Elementary School students, an archery range at the KokoHead Rifle Range, playground equipment for toddlers, a median at Waieli Street for traffic calming and expansion of Goeas Field at Koko Head District Park.

Tennis balls, rugs sought

During the December holiday break, Hahaione Elementary School had new floors installed in the buildings that house the fourth, fifth and sixth grades and the school’s computer lab.

To keep the floors looking new, the school is asking for donations of tennis balls and area rugs. The school needs about 1,000 tennis balls to be placed on the legs of tables and chairs to protect the new tile floors from getting scratched.

The area rugs, new or slightly used, will be used by the students.

For more information call the school at 397-5822.


Paying for a playground

Jumpers, a super slide and sumo wrestling suits will be part of the fun to raise funds for playground equipment for Kaelepulu Elementary School during a fair from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Kailua campus, 530 Keolu Drive.

The event will have food, games, pony rides and raffle prizes worth more than $3,000. Entertainment will feature Maunalua, Imua, Kanalo, Keahiwai, Simply Local, Colon and Lilikoi Boys.

All the proceeds from the fun fair will benefit the school’s playground drive.

Scholars must apply by Feb. 11

The Rotary Club of Windward Oahu is accepting scholarship applications from Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation scholarship grants. The deadline to apply is Feb. 11.

Selection is based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, employment experience and financial need. There are about 60 scholarships available ranging from $1,000 to $3,500.

For more information, call Bill Stone at 261-0808. Applications are available with high school senior advisers, school counselors or by calling 735-1073 Monday through Friday.


Yearly projects planned today

The Waianae Ahupua’a Council will plan its community projects for the year during its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 85-786 Old Government Road.

For more information, call Maylene Keamo at 696-0728 or Ruby Silva at 696-2255.


Suspect pleads not guilty

David Torres pleaded not guilty yesterday to a second-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old on man New Year’s Day in Waipahu.

Police said Torres and Pio Ioane had argued over a stolen dog kennel. Torres, 64, also pleaded not guilty to a firearm possession charge, authorities said.

Torres, who has applied for a public defender, is being held at Oahu Community Correctional Center on $100,000 bond. Trial is set for the week of March 19.

Officials said Torres argued with Ioane over the dog kennel before shooting Ioane in the stomach with a .30-caliber rifle on Pupukahi Street at about 3:40 a.m. Police say it was the state’s first homicide of the year.

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