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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, July 19, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Vision meeting rescheduled

The East Honolulu Vision Team's meeting for July will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 'Aina Haina Public Library meeting room.

The meeting had been planned for yesterday but was changed because of a scheduling conflict with a city Department of Parks and Recreation public hearing on the state's shoreline management area permit.

For more information, call 527-5558.


Crafts taught in Wai'anae

The Wai'anae Coast Coalition is offering craft workshops this month at the Wai'anae Neighborhood Community Center, 85-670 Farrington Highway.

A class on haku lei making will be held from 6-8 p.m. July 26. A coconut-frond weaving workshop is offered from 10 a.m. to noon July 30.

Each workshop costs $10. To register, call Leina'ala at 696-1217.

'Ewa parks on agenda

Developing goals for parks on the 'Ewa plain will be discussed at the 'Ewa Neighborhood Board's Parks and Recreation Committee meeting at 7 tonight in the Westloch Villages Recreation Hall.

The committee will hear reports on individual parks and then try to determine how much is needed from the $1 million in city Vision Team money that is dedicated to the 'Ewa area.

For more information, call Mary Ann Miyashiro at 689-7894.


Roadside work set at Pali, H-1

A $623,772 contract has been awarded to Mega Construction Inc. to replace the chain-link fence and gates on the Pali Highway and the H-1 Freeway.

The project also will include the clearing of weeds and brush along the highways, the state Department of Transportation said.

Work is scheduled to begin in August.

H-3 tunnels to be cleaned

The state Department of Transportation will close the H-3 Freeway's tunnels for cleaning during the next two weekends.

The H-3 Halawa-bound tunnel will be closed from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

The H-3 Kane'ohe-bound tunnel will be closed the following week from 7 p.m. July 28 to 7 a.m. July 29.

Model air show opens July 28

Synchronized flight, air combat and agility flying will be part of the 50th State AIRFEST and Air Show of radio-controlled model aircraft from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28 and 29 at Kapa'a at Kawai Nui Model Air Park on Kapa'a Quarry Road.

Flying demonstrations will include aerobatic planes, gliders, helicopters and turbine-powered jets. Public participants will also have an opportunity to fly a model plane with the help of an instructor.

The event also will offer an opportunity to swap and sell parts and accessories. There will be a raffle for a plane with engine and radio control system.

Food and beverages will be available. Admission is free.


Filcom Center offers series

To promote the entrepreneurial spirit as a key to the revitalization of Waipahu, more than 25 small-business owners will share their experiences and offer practical tips during a workshop series sponsored by the Filcom Center.

The first workshop, called "How to Start a Really Small Business" is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 31 in the ground-floor meeting room of First Hawaiian Bank's Waipahu Branch, 94-205 Leoku St.

The workshop series will include "how to" presentations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 14 and 21, and a hands-on session from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 8.

A trip to the Business Information Counseling Center is planned for 9 a.m. Sept. 15, and a presentation on the FilCom Center's business incubators and opportunities in Waipahu will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18.

The free workshop series is the first project under the FilCom Center's Hanapbuhay Hawai'i program with financial support from First Hawaiian Bank. The sessions are open to anyone interested in starting a small business.

A deposit of $40 is required at registration, but the sum will be returned upon completion.

For more information, call 847-6401.


Aquarium's coral ready to spawn

Hawaiian rice coral colonies at the Waikiki Aquarium will start their annual reproduction Sunday night.

When the rice coral, or Montipora capitata, "spawn," they release thousands of eggs and sperm into the water, creating a sight that looks like "snow falling up," according to aquarium staff members.

"Several coral in the aquarium's collection spawn regularly and we can predict their annual spawning events to within a month, day or even hour," said the Waikiki Aquarium's director, Dr. Bruce Carlson.

According to experts, the colonies in the Waikiki Aquarium spawn at the same time as rice corals in the wild.

Under a Conservation Endowment Fund grant from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Waikiki Aquarium's aquaculture facility and exhibit have increased the production of more than 75 species of coral.

To celebrate the spawning on Sunday, the Waikiki Aquarium will hold an evening program of "Coral Spawning and Reef Romance."

This year's attendance list has been filled, but Dr. Carol Hopper says registration forms for a waiting list are available from the Waikiki Aquarium's education department. For more information call Mark Heckman or Hopper at 923-9741, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whale sanctuary council to meet

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will hold a meeting Aug. 7 at the Honolulu International Airport Interisland Conference Center's seventh-floor meeting room.

The Sanctuary has held 23 council meetings since it was established in 1992 to protect Hawai'i's resources and ecosystems.

This year, the Sanctuary Advisory Council offers a presentation on a humpback whale research project by Dr. Louis Herman. Updates on the council's latest activities and reports from its education, research and conservation subcommittees and Island representatives will also be on the agenda.

All meetings are open to the public, people who wish to testify on agenda items must submit a written copy of their advance testimony to the council coordinator.

Testimonies may be faxed to 397-2650, e-mailed to kellie.cheung@noaa.gov, or mailed to 6700 Kalaniana'ole Highway, Suite 104, Honolulu, HI 96825.

Call the O'ahu Sanctuary office at 397-2651.

Course to train palace volunteers

The Friends of 'Iolani Palace will offer a training course to volunteers starting Sept. 4 in the Old Archive Building.

The course will run for nine consecutive Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is designed to teach potential docents, greeters and guardians the history 'Iolani Palace and its restoration, knowledge of its artifacts and the story of the Hawaiian monarchy.

Class curriculum will include lectures from Jim Bartels, the director of Washington Place; Corinne Chun, the 'Iolani Palace curator; and Pukea Nogelmeier, a Hawaiian language specialist. In addition to class time, students will take field trips to other historic sites and museums on O'ahu.

The cost of the class is $40, with a requirement for 40 "Palace Guardian hours" before classes start. For more information, call Cindy Grace at 522-0821.