Kapahulu fire destroys home
Six people were left homeless last night when fire destroyed their Kapahulu duplex.
No one was injured in the blaze at 735 Makaleka Ave., but the two units in the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home were a total loss. Two men and a woman lived in each of the duplex units.
The fire was reported at 7:52 p.m. Firefighters arrived four minutes later and the single-story home was engulfed in flames.
It was under control at 8:12 p.m. and extinguished a short while later, said fire department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo. The cause was under investigation.
Lois Konishi lives in a five-story apartment building that overlooks the Makaleka home and she said she just returned from the store when she heard a sparking noise. She said she noticed a small fire outside of the home, but within seconds the house erupted into flames.
"I yelled to people to call the fire truck and I was yelling at people to get out of the house," she said.
Damage was estimated at $220,000. Soo said the fire also caused about $20,000 in damage to the exterior of two neighboring homes and a storage shed.
Army to hold Makua meeting
A meeting to discuss the Armys resumption of live-ammunition exercises in Makua Valley and its Supplemental Environmental Assessment will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Waianae District Park multipurpose room, 85-601 Farrington Highway.
Last weekend the Army took about 150 people on a tour of its proposed training 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 has now been extended to Tuesday.
Kalaeloa security to be discussed
Bill Bass, executive director of the Barbers Point Naval Air Station Redevelopment Commission, will give a legislative report and an update on security at Kalaeloa during the groups meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the James Campbell Buildings Laulima Room in Kapolei.
The group will also discuss the disposition of 12 building and 229 acres of land to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Utility pipeline work resumes
The Gas Co. will perform maintenance work on its underground utility pipe-line all next week on Kalanianaole Highway between Analii and Kalaniiki streets.
Work will be done between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Police station site on agenda
The location of a police station in East Honolulu will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Hawaii Kai Public Library.
A task force made up of members of neighborhood boards in the East Honolulu district will discuss the two final proposed sites.
Parents to hold school car wash
The parents of students at Kalani High School will hold a fund-raiser car wash at the Chevron gas station next to the Times Supermarket in Kahala starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
Donations are $7. The money will go toward an organized after-graduation party with music and food to prevent graduates from going out and drinking and driving.
Baptist Academy receives grant
Koolau Baptist Academy in Kaneohe has been given a $20,000 grant to renovate and expand an existing 3,000-square-foot maintenance building into four high school classrooms, increasing the schools enrollment by 15 percent.
The academy currently has 167 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation provided the grant.
H-3 Freeway lanes to close
The H-3 Freeway in the Kaneohe-bound direction between the Halawa Interchange and the H-3 tunnels will be closed from 7 p.m. tomorrow to 7 a.m. Sunday while crews continue to clean the freeway tunnels.
Traffic will not be allowed to access the Kaneohe-bound Interstate H-3 on-ramps. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
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