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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, August 24, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff


Makua shark warning posted

In the wake of a shark attack on a dolphin off Keawa'ula (Yokohama) Sunday, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources is warning ocean users there and in the Makua area of the Wai'anae Coast to exercise caution.

The incident was the second time in about two weeks that a shark was seen attacking a dolphin in the area, said Randy Honebrink, spokesman for the state's Shark Task Force.

Tiger sharks have been seen in the area shadowing pods of spinner dolphins. Swimmers who approach dolphins should realize that doing so may significantly increase their risk of injury from sharks, the DLNR said.

Panel to vote on 'Ewa plans

The 'Ewa Neighborhood Board Capital Improvement Project Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Haseko meeting room, 91-919 Kuhina St.

The committee will discuss expected CIP project costs for fiscal year 2003, prioritize the projects and then vote on which projects to recommend to the full board.Call Garry Smith at 689-5559.

Group to study stream health

Mohala I Ka Wai, a group concerned with water resources on the Wai'anae Coast, will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the 'Opelu Project next to the Wai'anae Boat Harbor.

The group is working with the Board of Water Supply to record rain and stream parameters in Makaha Valley to understand the relationship between the climate and stream health and to see what can be done to improve water resources.

School benefit set in Ko Olina

The Rotary Club of Kapolei will hold its second annual Taste of Kapolei fund-raiser Oct. 20 at the Ko Olina Resort & Marina.

The oceanfront event will feature food tables with dishes from more than 20 of Hawai'i's premier chefs. Entertainment includes performances by Colon, Imua, Halau Hula Olana (keiki halau) and Sonya Mendez and Playstation.

Advance tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. Proceeds will help pay for educational and scholarship programs at Leeward schools. Tickets are available at the Kapolei and Beretania Street Chevron stations or by calling Joan Vinton at the Kapolei Bank of Hawai'i at 693-1638.

Traffic calming meeting slated

The city will hold a "traffic calming" meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the 'Ewa Beach Public and School Library as part of a series of community discussions around O'ahu to improve traffic safety.

The meeting is planned to specifically address traffic on Kolowaka Drive and Koka Street.


Brushfire chars part of Bellows

City and federal firefighters battled a brushfire yesterday afternoon at Bellows Air Force Station.

The fire on the Kailua side of the beach area was reported around 2 p.m. Several civilian engine companies, including the Air One helicopter, joined federal firefighters to fight the fire.

Honolulu Fire spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada said about 15 acres of brush was scorched before the fire was extinguished late yesterday afternoon.