Thursday, January 25, 2001
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Posted on: Thursday, January 25, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Mayor delivers speech today

Mayor Jeremy Harris will give his seventh State of the City speech today at 11 a.m. at Honolulu Hale.

The speech will be televised live on ñlelo Channel 54.

An edited version of the program will be rebroadcast several times.


Makua Valley issue still hot

A public meeting to discuss the Army’s live-ammunition training in Makua Valley and its supplemental environmental assessment will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Waianae District Park multi-purpose room, 85-601 Farrington Highway.

Last weekend, the Army took about 150 people on a tour of its site in Makua to show the public how the training would be conducted and what safety measures are in place to protect environmental and cultural resources in the valley.

The deadline for public comment on the document is Jan. 30.

Church to help clean up beach

Volunteers from the Mormon Church will be out in force on Saturday, picking up litter and making repairs at Ulehawa Beach Park in Maili.

About 100 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expected to participate in the effort from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call Patty at 527-5749.


Grant will aid memorial effort

The Pacific War Memorial Association has received a grant of $150,000 from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation toward construction of a replica of the Iwo Jima Memorial at the entrance of Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

Association chairwoman Alice Clark said the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington and a similar one in Connecticut symbolize the American spirit, and the determination and sacrifice of fighting men and women. She said it is that spirit the association honors.

The memorial, which is expected to cost $600,000, will be dedicated next year.


Restroom work starts in March

Honolulu officials plan to begin construction in March of long-requested restrooms at Haleiwa’s Alii Beach Park.

The facility will be in the park’s southwest corner and will include an outdoor shower, a water fountain, storage space and a parking area.

While other restrooms are available in the park, they are more than 300 yards from the site of the new restrooms.

Police focus on vehicle vandals

To curb vehicle break-ins on the North Shore, police are forming a beach task force.

Lt. Brian Chang said four officers stationed in Wahiawa will be joined by police from other districts during the first two months of the operation.

Vehicle break-ins are a perennial problem on the North Shore, especially during the winter surf season. In October, 128 were reported, while November saw 91 and December 96.

Book sale will begin today

The Friends of Kahuku Library will hold a three-day book sale to raise money for programs, supplies, equipment, furniture, replacement books and best-seller books.

The sale will be in the library conference room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The library is at Kahuku High and Intermediate School.


No one hurt in bus accident

A school bus with seven children aboard went off the road and came to rest on a dirt mound early yesterday morning in Waipio-Gentry. No one was injured in the 6:30 a.m. incident.

An investigation into the cause of the accident was under way and Department of Education spokesman Greg Knudsen yesterday would not confirm a report that the bus driver lost consciousness before the incident. Knudsen said the bus had been inspected recently and was in good operating condition.

The bus was northbound on Moaniani Street and was turning left onto Ka Uka Boulevard when the accident occurred, Knudsen said. The children and bus driver were taken to Wahiawa General Hospital as a precaution, but there were no reports of injuries, he said.

"It’s fortunate there were no injuries, and we’re thankful for that," Knudsen said.

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