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Posted on: Monday, January 22, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Board debates land-use laws

A proposal by City Councilwoman Rene Mansho to change Haleiwa Town’s land-use laws to allow fast-food drive-through windows will be heard tomorrow by the North Shore Neighborhood Board.

The board meets at 7 p.m. in the John Kalili Surf Center at Haleiwa’s Alii Beach Park.

Haleiwa was declared a special historical district by the city in the 80s and drive-throughs were barred. McDonald’s of Haleiwa, however, was given a variance in 1997 to open one.

Last year, environmental group Life of the Land and several North Shore residents won a lawsuit seeking to overturn the variance. McDonald’s is appealing.


Mental health group meets

Parents of children with special needs are asked to join a focus group meeting to discuss experiences with the educational and mental health services in the Kaiser Complex of schools.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. today at the Hahaione Elementary School library.

Call 733-4950.


Valve test to shut off water

Crews from the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and a private contractor will conduct a valve test for an Ala Aolani Street construction project from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Residents in Moanalua Valley may experience low water pressure or no water. Service will be interrupted to about 20 homes and the Moanalua Golf Course.


Businesses to discuss mall

The proposed 41-acre shopping center in Royal Kunia will be discussed at the Waipahu Business Association’s luncheon meeting at noon tomorrow in the Waikele Golf Course clubhouse.

Landowners HRT Ltd., Honolulu Ltd. and 300 Corp. want to build a Kahala Mall-sized shopping center at the vacant Kunia Road location.

Opponents say it will hurt struggling businesses in Waipahu and worsen traffic problems.

The City Council will hold a public hearing Feb. 21 at Honolulu Hale.

A community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hoaeae Community Park.

The Waipahu Business Association meeting costs $10 and includes lunch. Call 677-6939.

OCCC escapee flees capture

An Oahu Community Correctional Center escapee has been spotted in Nanakuli, but fled before police could arrest him.

Kerbert Silva was reported to have been seen along Kawao Avenue on Saturday, hiding in an office trailer and then in a van. A search that included use of the police department helicopter failed to find him.

He broke out of OCCC on Wednesday, his 37th birthday, by climbing a 16-foot-high fence topped with razor wire. Warden Clayton Frank ordered an investigation to determine how Silva did it.

Silva was awaiting trial for car theft. His criminal record includes convictions for assault and abuse of a household member.

Silva should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.


State hospital inmate loose

The Hawaii State Hospital has recorded its fourth escape in as many months.

Thomas Kapoi, 55, was last seen at the mental health facility in Kaneohe around 1 p.m. yesterday, police said.

Authorities said they consider Kapoi dangerous.

The 5-foot-8, 140-pound Hawaiian with kinky gray hair was wearing a black jacket and dark-colored pants. Anyone with information about Kapoi’s whereabouts was asked to call police.

The three other recent escapees have been returned to the hospital.


Water board offers tours

For those who have often wondered what goes on in the deep, damp Halawa shaft and underground pumping station, the Board of Water Supply is now offering tours.

Visitors will be taken 140 feet beneath the Koolau mountains on Wednesdays and one Saturday each month. The Halawa station features the largest source of fresh water on Oahu. Halawa Xeriscape Garden is also included in the tour.

Those who want to go even further into the source of life can contact the board for tours of Waihee tunnel and walk through a 1,500-foot dike tunnel. Tours are offered Thursdays and one Saturday each month.

Call 527-6113 or 527-6126.

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