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Posted on: Thursday, January 18, 2001

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff

More big surf expected today

Lifeguards encountered no significant safety problems yesterday despite waves 15 to 20 feet high on Oahu’s North Shore.

Similar conditions were expected today.

Few people were in the water yesterday, and lifeguard Lt. John Hoogsteden said there were no major problems.

"Most people realize, when they see the waves, they don’t want to go in the water," he said.

The waves rolled in steadily, and sets topped 20 feet. Waimea Bay surfing conditions were good and challenging, he said.

Waves on the North Shore will range from 15 to 20 feet again today, said National Weather Service lead forecaster Bob Farrell. Waves on the western shore will range from 8 to 12 feet, with a few higher sets.

The high surf will last until tomorrow and may continue through the weekend if a predicted North Pacific storm materializes, Farrell said.

Meanwhile, lifeguards warned people to stay away from the water.

"Don’t expect to go to the North Shore to go swimming," Hoogsteden said.

Kahuku wants more arrests

To curb crime at Kahuku Golf Course during the night, the Koolauloa Neighborhood Board is requesting that the city post signs saying it is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Posting the signs will give police grounds to arrest anyone on the course during those hours, said Don Hurlbut, a board member and president of the Kahuku Community Association.

In 1998 at the community’s request, night closure signs were posted at Kahuku District Park, where people had been loitering, drinking and selling narcotics.

Hurlbut said late-night activities at the golf course are disturbing residents.

Marine base expects more air traffic

Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s air facility will be busier when four fighter squadrons operate out of the Kaneohe Bay airfield during exercises Feb. 1-21.

Two Marine Corps F-18 squadrons will provide aerial support during a combined air/ground exercise on the Big Island, while two Navy Reserve F-18 squad-rons will conduct routine annual training.

Area residents can expect additional noise as these jets take off and land.

The base does not expect any late-evening jet aircraft activity.

YWCA CEO Doyle resigning

Susan Au Doyle will resign as chief executive officer of the YWCA of Oahu effective Jan. 31.

YWCA chief operating officer Cheryl Kauhane will serve as interim CEO beginning Feb. 1. The YWCA Oahu board has appointed a search committee to find Doyle’s replacement.

Doyle, who has headed the Oahu YWCA for six years, said she is leaving the post to spend more time with her family.

As CEO, Doyle oversaw the creation of the YWCA’s comprehensive capital improvement plan and helped launch a $10 million capital campaign. Anyone interested in applying for the vacant position can call Mary Shimizu at 538-7061, Ext. 202.

Schools chief to give talk

Paul LeMahieu, state schools superintendent, will be guest speaker at a Kailua Chamber of Commerce luncheon that is open to the public at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Mid-Pacific Country Club in Lanikai.

The annual meeting will also feature a preview of plans for an Iwo Jima Memorial to be built at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Alice and Bea Clark of the Pacific War Memorial Association are spearheading an effort to raise $400,000 to install a bronze replica of the memorial in Hawaii. A model of the monument will be displayed at the luncheon.

Reservations for the luncheon should be made by Saturday by calling Nancy Slain, executive director of the chamber, at 261-2727.

Drama pupils to present play

The Honolulu Waldorf School drama club will present a readers’ theater production by Dylan Thomas, "Under Milk Wood," at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday on the school’s Niu Valley campus, 350 Ulua St.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. The play uses humor to present the life of eccentric inhabitants of a Welsh village.

For more information call 377-5471.

Trade in your excess goods

Kapolei residents can donate items and pick up other items for free during a white elephant giveaway from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Kapolei High School.

The event is sponsored by the school and Hope Chapel Kapolei. People are asked to bring clean clothing and household items to donate and then look through other items donated by their neighbors and take what they like.

Hope Chapel executive administrator Rowena Ednilao said everyone has things around their homes they don’t need and can usually find something they might be able to use.

She said this is also a great opportunity to meet neighbors.

Items will be dropped off in the parking lot, sorted by volunteers and displayed in the cafeteria.

For more information, call 689-8328.

Per diem judge gets third term

WAILUKU, Maui — Barclay MacDonald has been reappointed to a third term as per diem judge for Maui District Court.

His one-year term will expire Jan. 15, 2002. MacDonald also has been designated to act as a per diem Family Court judge.

Before starting private practice on Maui, the lawyer was a deputy attorney general and a deputy prosecutor in Honolulu. He received his law degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

Fire destroys Puna district home

KEAAU, Hawaii — An early-morning fire yesterday destroyed a two-story home in Leilani Estates, causing more than $100,000 in losses.

Three people were affected by the 5 a.m. blaze, including a woman taken to Hilo Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

The Puna home was owned by Steve Sparks and rented by Megan K. Gutcher.

Firefighters said heat from a bedroom lamp ignited a lamp shade, causing a mattress to catch on fire.

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