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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 10, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Water main project revised

The Board of Water Supply has agreed to a proposal that is designed to reduce noise and construction time on a water main project in Kahalu'u.

The proposal by RCI Construction Corp. Pacific cuts the number of piles needed to complete the project by 30 percent, said Martin Miller, vice president. About 500 piles were called for in the original design.

The contractor also is installing 1,100 feet of water main along Kahekili Highway between Likelike Highway and Kulukeoe Street, and is building a reservoir in Kailua. The water main project should take about two months to complete, while the Kailua reservoir, to be located behind the Women's Community Correctional Center, is expected to be finished in November 2002.

Board may add at-large seats

The Kane'ohe Neighborhood Board wants to create more at-large positions in an effort to increase membership.

The board has had problems filling vacancies, said past board chairman Roy Yanagihara, largely because those willing to serve do not live in districts with vacant seats.

The Neighborhood Commission is to hold hearings on the request to increase the number of at-large positions. If adopted, the change would take effect when the next board election is held.


Area projects to be outlined

Empower North Shore O'ahu will present its strategic plan for community improvement projects at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Waialua Elementary School cafeteria.

The plan targets four areas: economic development, environment, education and health and human services, said Susie Lua, an Empower North Shore O'ahu member. Ten projects are to be discussed.

The group also will discuss how to allocate the $90,000 it received for projects.

"We've done all the dirty work and now is the part that people like: We can get in and do something," Lua said.

Among other things, the group is working with agencies and institutions such as the University of Hawai'i and Kamehameha Schools. The group last year channeled money to eight projects.


Makaha school to hold briefing

Makaha Elementary School officials will discuss plans for the school at the next Makaha Ahupua'a Community Association meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Makaha Neighborhood Park.

Principal Nelson Shigeta, vice principal Lynn Okamura and teacher Geri Martin will discuss the plans as well as the America's Choice Reading Program used at the school.

Shigeta, former vice principal of Wai'anae High School, was named principal at Makaha Elementary in March. He replaced Clarence DeLude, who was removed from the job in October after months of dissent over his curriculum and leadership.

DeLude expanded a reading program at the school, but canceled a popular school program at Hoa 'Aina O Makaha farm next to the school.

For more information on the meeting, call 696-8942.

Talk to focus on child abuse

Dr. Victoria Schneider, a pediatrician at Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children, will discuss child abuse in Hawai'i at the Kapolei Rotary Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Kapolei High School faculty/staff lounge.

The meeting costs $7 to attend and includes a buffet breakfast.

For more information, call Keola Lloyd at 674-3167.

Neighborhood panels to meet

Two Wai'anae Coast Neighborhood Board committees will meet Thursday at the Wai'anae Neighborhood Community Center.

The Transportation Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. to discuss pedestrian safety and traffic standards reform.

The Parks and Recreation Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. to discuss park improvements and the possible closing of Poka'i Bay Beach Park at night.


Two men slightly hurt in fight at club

Police were called to break up a fight at the Dancers nightclub early yesterday morning.

Two men, 31 and 35, suffered cuts and bruises in the 4 a.m. altercation at 205 Sand Island Access Road.

No suspects were arrested, and the case remains under investigation.

Teen arrested in crash of stolen car

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man who they say crashed a stolen car and fled Thursday night in Waikiki.

According to police, the incident occurred around 7:20 p.m. near the intersection of Kuhio Avenue and Launiu Street.

A 60-year-old man had reported his car stolen that morning. After the car was sighted in Waikiki being driven in a hazardous manner, police tried to stop the driver. The driver sped off and collided with another car, demolishing both cars.

The driver of the stolen car fled on foot and was chased down by a patrol officer.