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Posted on: Friday, January 26, 2001

Neighbor Island briefs

Advertiser Staff

Plans for bridge on agenda

The state Department of Transportation will hold a Feb. 1 meeting on Molokai to discuss the emergency replacement of the Kawaikapu Bridge damaged by heavy rain last November.

The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at the Kilohana Elementary School cafeteria. State officials will present construction plans to replace the bridge on Kamehameha V Highway.

The project is expected to cost approximately $4.5 million. For more information, call the DOT Public Affairs office at 587-2160.

Zoo manager gets promotion

HILO, Hawaii — Pam Mizuno, who became Hawaii County’s manager of the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo this year, has been promoted to deputy parks and recreation director.

Mizuno, who lives in Kau, will serve as deputy to Parks and Recreation director Pat Engelhard, who is in her second term as parks chief .

Engelhard said Mizuno will have personal oversight of Panaewa complex and work "closely with community groups and organizations in promoting the Friends of the Park’ program."

"We know she will bring with her the enthusiasm and can-do spirit she has exhibited at the zoo/equestrian complex," Engelhard said. The position does not require council confirmation.

Mayor Harry Kim has said he will leave the choice of department deputies to those he appointed to his cabinet.

Mizuno also operates a family nursery operation known as Valley-Hi Farms.

Maui fire brought under control

KAHULUI, Maui — A fire that blackened hundreds of acres of brush between Olowalu and Launiupoko was declared "under control’’ yesterday afternoon by the Maui Department of Fire Control.

Firefighters were moping up last night to conclude a battle that started Monday morning. The fire started at the 1,200-foot level and burned to the Honoapiilani Highway. Maui County fire officials suspect a power line started the blaze, but that has not been confirmed.

Hearings set on plant habitat

LIHUE, Kauai — The Fish and Wildlife Service has scheduled public hearings in Lihue Feb. 6 on its proposed critical habitat designations for Kauai and Niihau plants.

The service proposes to establish critical habitat on about 61,000 acres of property, most of it in Kauai park and forest reserve land. Hearings are 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Radisson Kauai Beach Hotel Pakalana Room. A one-hour information session will precede each hearing.

Kauai blood drives scheduled

LIHUE, Kauai — The Blood Bank of Hawaii has scheduled blood donation drives on Kauai in February and March.

Donations will be taken 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Wilcox Hospital conference rooms A, B and C, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Kauai Community College student lounge. Donations will be taken 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13 at Waimea High School music room, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at Kauai High library, and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 15 at the Kapaa High library.

Donors must be in good health, 18 or older, weigh 110 pounds or more and have a valid photo identification. For more information or to make an appointment call (800) 372-9966 or check the blood bank website at

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