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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, July 30, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Salvation Army leaders change

The Salvation Army's Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division is under new leadership. Ralph and Ivy Hood succeed Don and Jan Mowery, who have been re-assigned to lead the organization's southwest division.

Ralph Hood, formerly property manager of the organization's western territory, will serve as divisional commander. Ivy Hood, formerly director of the overseas children's sponsorship program, will be director of women's organizations.

The couple first worked in Hawai'i 25 years ago as corps officers in downtown Honolulu.


Airline head will give talk

Paul J. Casey, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Airlines, will discuss the future of the airline at the Kapolei Rotary Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Kapolei High School faculty/staff lounge.

Casey joined Hawaiian as president and CEO in 1997. Since his arrival, the company's revenues have increased by nearly 21 percent from $404.2 million in 1997 to $488.9 million in 1999.

Casey also spearheaded Hawaiian's interisland fleet renewal program. The company is replacing its entire short-haul fleet of 15 DC-9 aircraft used on interisland routes within the state with 13 new Boeing 717-200 aircraft. Six of the new planes are already in service.

The $7 fee includes a buffet breakfast.

For more information, contact Van McCrea at 672-3924, or at vanmccrea@aol.com.

Estate money to help teacher

Campbell Estate has donated $1,000 to Wai'anae High School to help compensate a teacher who lost several personal items in a fire on campus May 28.

The fire was intentionally set under a portable classroom and caused about $40,000 damage to the building. The portable is no longer usable and will have to be replaced, school principal JoAnne Kumasaka said.

The teacher used the items while teaching and they were not covered by insurance. Campbell Estate donated the money as soon as they heard about the situation, Kumasaka said.

"We will try and replace whatever we can for the teacher," Kumasaka said.

Several Wai'anae Coast schools have been damaged by a wave of arson during the past two months.


Waikele church building OK'd

The city Department of Planning and Permitting has approved plans for a two-story church building and daycare facility in Waikele.

Department Director Randall Fujiki issued a conditional use permit to Grace Bible Church West O'ahu. The church plans an $8 million complex on a 3.3-acre parcel at Kukula and Pakela streets mauka of Waikele Elementary School.

Neighbors had expressed concerns about traffic and noise, and asked the city to set limits on the hours of operation and require sufficient parking.

The church revised its plans to provide 214 parking places on site.

The Rev. Sidney Sumida, church pastor, said the city also added a requirement that the church extend its loading zone to ease anticipated traffic problems.

The city also required that the church maintain "quiet hours" between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily, a standard rule for meeting facilities.

The church expects to begin site preparation before the end of the year, Sumida said.

The congregation of about 225 people now meets at Waioahu Elementary School.


Woman injured by rogue wave

A 30-year-old woman from Austin, Texas, was injured yesterday when she was struck by a rogue wave.

The woman and three friends were at the tide pools below the Makapu'u Lighthouse about 3 p.m. when the wave hit, smacking her head against the rocks, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Richard Soo.

A Hawai'i resident provided first aid, called 911 and, along with the woman's friends, started helping her up the hill toward the highway. They met firefighters along the way.

Soo said that because the woman seemed lightheaded, firefighters walked her back down to the pools where she was met by the fire department helicopter, which flew her in a rescue basket to Sandy Beach.

She was taken by ambulance from Sandy Beach to Straub Hospital.

A nursing supervisor at Straub said the woman was in "very stable" condition and expected to be released last night.