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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 10, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Senate bill on bay use stalls

A bill to develop a comprehensive-use master plan for Kailua and Waimanalo bays is dead for this year, mostly because of the financial crisis of the state, said Sen. Fred Hemmings, who introduced the measure.

Senate Bill 519 would have created a task force to develop the master plan. Included in the bill was a $200,000 appropriation. The measure sits in the Senate Ways & Means Committee of the state Legislature.

In promoting the bill, Hemmings, R-25th (Kailua-Waimanalo), said he wanted activities clearly mapped to help limit conflict among users of the two bays.

"I remain convinced it is in the best interests of the residents and the commercial ocean recreation businesses to have the master plan for the near shore bay use to avoid future conflicts and piecemeal remedies," Hemmings said.

Easter fun set at Kawainui

Egg-bomber pilots and the Candy Bomber will take to the sky over Kawainui Marsh beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Model Air Park on Quarry Road dropping Easter eggs, candy and toys.

Pilots of radio-controlled aircraft will compete in a raw egg drop, attempting to hit a target drawn on the runway.

The Aloha State Radio Control Club is organizing the debate.


Summer Fun aides sought

The city is accepting applications from college students for summer aides to work with the children's Summer Fun program at city parks.

The aides will work directly with children and conduct the various activities in the Summer Fun program. They will begin work May 30, with orientation on June 2.

Requirements include having completed at least one year of college (24 credits) by June, or be currently enrolled at least half time or intend to register in the fall and be a legal resident of the state.

First-year aides will be paid $6.50 per hour and second-year aides receive $7.50 per hour.

Applications are available at city Department of Human Resources, 715 S. King St., Suite 550; satellite city halls; and district park offices in Ala Wai, Makiki, Waipahu and Kane'ohe.


Aid offered for preschool fees

The Wai'anae Early Education Center and Na Keiki Preschool programs are offering free help to families who want to apply for preschool tuition assistance.

The state Department of Human Services Open Doors Program offers tuition assistance to low- and middle-income families on a sliding scale.

Families sending 3- or 4-year-old children to preschool in August must apply by April 30. Parents who want help with their applications can call the center at 695-9656, or the school at 696-2466.

'Ewa meeting canceled

The 'Ewa Neighborhood Board meeting, which was scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled.

The board's next meeting is at 7 p.m. May 10 in the 'Ewa Beach Public and School Library.

Panel reviews Kalaeloa plan

The Barbers Point Naval Air Station Redevelopment Commission will meet at noon today in the state Office of Planning, 235 S. Beretania St., 6th floor-conference room of the State Office Tower.

The group will review major actions that need to be accomplished by June 30, when the commission is set to be dissolved.

The next meeting is set for April 18.


Copters to search for man

The Honolulu Fire Department will send a rescue helicopter today to search for a Makaha man last seen Friday in waters off Lana'i Lookout.

The HFD rescue helicopter also will fly over the search area tomorrow. Yesterday, the department suspended searches in the water for the 41-year-old man.

The man was last seen at about 6:30 a.m. Friday by a motorist who saw him leave his pickup truck and get into the water. The motorist drove by on his way home from work and noticed the truck was still there but the swimmer was not.

He notified lifeguards at Sandy Beach, who called the Fire Department.

Divers Sunday afternoon found the missing man's wallet in about 30 feet of water near the Lana'i Lookout, said fire spokesman Capt. Richard Soo. But he said rescuers have not found any other signs of the man.