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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 17, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Speeding to be discussed

Speeding in Kapahulu will be discussed at a traffic meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. today at Jefferson Elementary School, 324 Kapahulu Ave.

City Councilman Duke Bainum and the city Department of Transportation Services want to hear traffic issues facing the community. For more information call 527-5592.

More speeding on the agenda

More than 30 Wai'alae Iki residents identified a number of problem areas for speeding on Laukahi Street and others at a meeting Thursday night.

City consultants will deliver recommendations to slow traffic in the ridge community in two months. A second community meeting will be scheduled. For more information, call the Department of Transportation Services at 527-5016.


Special-ed workshop set

The Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii will hold a free special-education workshop at 7:30 tonight in the Mililani Recreation Center #3, 95-281 Kaloapau St. in Mililani.

The workshop will discuss Chapter 56 of Hawai'i's Administrative Rules covering free appropriate public education for students with disabilities.

Other items to be discussed include who makes decisions on behalf of the child, what services an eligible child is entitled to, and procedural safeguards.

To register and reserve a seat and handout materials, call 621-4374 or 536-9684, ext. 21.

The workshop is sponsored by project AWARE, Assisting With Appropriate Rights in Education.


Help offered for pre-schoolers

Kane'ohe parents can help their preschool-aged children become socially and academically ready for school through a free program offered by the Kane'ohe Community Family Center.

The Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters is a home-based parent involvement program that helps parents prepare their 3-, 4- or 5-year-old child for success in school.

The HIPPY program empowers parents, as their child's first and most important teachers, through easy-to-use weekly activity packets, home visits and group meetings, said Valzey Freitas, HIPPY coordinator.

The 30-week program will begin in September. Enrollment is open now.

For more information, contact Freitas at 235-7747.

Kahana Valley subject of plan

The state Senate Economic Development and Technology Committee has approved a resolution to study the feasibility of creating a culturally sensitive ahupua'a-based entity that would provide comprehensive management of the entire Kahana Valley.

The valley resources, which include the Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park, are managed by several federal, state and county agencies. The resolution is an attempt to bring the agencies together, promote cooperation and create one managing entity.

The resolution, introduced by Sen. Bob Nakata, D-23 (Kane'ohe-La'ie), said the entity should be comprised of residents of the ahupua'a, lessees within the state park and representatives of the affected governmental agencies.

The Legislative Reference Bureau would conduct the study, according to the resolution approved April 12.


Cleanup project needs helpers

Nani 'O Wai'anae, a volunteer organization dedicated to cleaning up litter on O'ahu, needs volunteers for the Great American Clean-Up Day event Saturday.

Katy Kok, volunteer executive director of the group, the O'ahu affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., said more then 20 sites from Wai'anae to Waikiki and Waimanalo to Hale'iwa have been selected for cleaning.

Kok hopes to gather 5,000 workers in a mass effort to clean the beaches, parks and schools from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Nani 'O Wai'anae last year received The Honolulu Advertiser's Outstanding Local Project Award as part of the ninth annual Make A Difference Day for its volunteer work.

For more information, call 696-1920.