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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, June 6, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff


Lanikai reviews cellular towers

Lanikai residents, cellular telephone representatives and state officials have agreed to try to resolve issues concerning cell phone antenna placement, which some neighbors say are too close to their homes.

State Rep. Joe Gomes, R-51 (Waimanalo-Keolu Hills-Lanikai-Kailua-Enchanted Lake) organized a meeting last week in Lanikai to discuss the issue. AT&T, Sprint and other wireless telephone companies attended along with about 75 residents, he said.

Gomes said he will ask the state Department of Health to help advise the residents and to address radiation and health concerns.

Residents from Ko'oho'o Place, AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS and one other cell phone company will work out a solution, Gomes said. "If they come to an impasse, then we'll take whatever steps we can take at that point," he said.

Ko'oho'o Place residents are alarmed that antennas are being placed near their homes on conservation land easily accessed by hikers.


Classes help prep for S.A.T.

College Connections Hawai'i is offering four S.A.T. preparation classes on O'ahu, June 25 to July 16.

Scholarships sponsored by GEAR UP and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are available to students who qualify.

The registration deadline has been extended until June 15 and students interested can call C-O-L-L-E-G-E (265-5343) to register.

Class dates and times:

• June 25-July 9: Wai'anae High School, 8 a.m. to noon

• June 25-July 9: Roosevelt High School, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• July 2-16: Leilehua High School, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• July 2-16: McKinley High School, 1 to 5 p.m.

PTSA names executive panel

The Hawai'i State Parent Teacher Student Association recently appointed its 2001-02 executive board.

Carol Nafus will take over the helm from John Friedman as the association's new president.

Other officers are: Sue Delz Cruz, leadership vice president; Curtis Miyahara, legislative vice president; Susan Sulprizio, programs vice president; Kristin Lundgren, secretary; and Ricky Nishizuka, treasurer.

Their terms begin July 1.

O'ahu ethnic festivals near

A series of festivals sponsored by the city and featuring the various cultures of Hawai'i will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

The first in "Hawai'i's Ethnic Heritage Series" will feature Hula Halau O Kawaili'ula with kumu hula Chinky Mahoe and the Makaha Sons, Moon, and John and Jerome.

Prior to their performances, the 2000 Aloha Festivals Royal Court, dressed in authentic cultural attire accompanied by the pomp and pageantry of the occasion and representing the Hawaiian community, will accept ho'okupu from 13 other cultural groups on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu and Mayor Jeremy Harris.

Other performances in June will include "Alamat At Kasaysayan Ng Lahi," a celebration of Philippine independence featuring songs and dance, at 7 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 523-4674.

Police recruit youth citizens

The Honolulu Police Department seeks high school students for its Youth Citizens Police Academy.

The eight-week program is open to sophomores, junior and seniors ages 15-17.

Classes will be held at the Alapai Headquarters on Saturday mornings beginning June 30.

Topics to be covered include the criminal justice system, juvenile laws, drug and gang awareness and traffic safety.

The deadline for applications is June 15.

"The YCPA is a win-win situation for the students and the department," said Chief Lee Donohue.

"The teens get to learn about subjects that aren't offered in school, and we have an opportunity to promote law enforcement as a possible career."

For more information, call Officer Harris Donlin, informational resources section, at 529-3619.

Ocean Day program slated

Speakers will address maritime issues as part of Ocean Day 2001 from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Pacific Room of the Hawai'i Maritime Center.

The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by PACON International, a nonprofit marine science and technology organization.

Speakers include Kim Beasley, of the Clean Islands Council; Robin Bond, chairman of the Hawai'i Ocean Safety Team; J.R. "Randy" Cates of Cates International; Rick Grigg, oceanography professor at UH-Manoa; and Frank Parish, a fishery biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service.