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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Body buried in yard identified

The city medical examiner has identified Samuel Burrows as the man whose remains were unearthed March 27 in the back yard of his home in Ma'ili.

Burrows, 75 when he died, was buried two years ago by his daughter Stephanie Yama, 50, who now lives in Richland, Wash., according to police.

Yama told neighbors and relatives that her father was in a nursing home, but she subsequently admitted burying him behind their Ma'ili duplex after he died of natural causes in May 1999, police said.

Federal investigators are looking into whether Yama collected her father's Social Security checks after his death.

The cause of death is still undetermined, according to the medical examiner.

Kapolei to hear landfill plan

City representatives will give a presentation on the proposed Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill expansion during the Maka-kilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Laulima Room of the Campbell Estate Building at 1001 Kamokila Blvd.

The city has filed a revised supplemental environmental impact statement for the project and wants to expand the Kahe Valley landfill by 60.5 acres to provide space for O'ahu's rubbish though 2017. The landfill is operated by Waste Management of Hawai'i Inc. and uses 86.5 acres at the 200-acre site. It is expected to reach its capacity sometime next year.

Also at the meeting, Seaside at Kapolei LLC, managed by local developer Jeff Stone, will detail its plans to build 2,900 homes, an 18-hole golf course, a park and a 33-acre commercial center in Kapolei.

City Councilman John DeSoto will also discuss a proposal to move the city zoo to Kalaeloa.


Trail group plans event

The Ko'olau Greenbelt and Heritage Trails System committee will meet at 3 p.m. July 1 at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden.

The gathering will include a potluck supper from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and family games during the meeting. Families that want to take advantage of other Ho'omaluhia activities can fish from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tour the garden at 1 p.m. Reservation are necessary to attend the guided tour and can be made by calling the garden at 233-7323.

The Ko'olau trail system will include a series of multi-use pathways for hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists along the base of the Ko'olau Range.

For more information, call Jim and Shannon Wood at 263-6001 or e-mail them at j+swood@hoku.com.


Fair to help homebuyers

People interested in buying their first home will receive help in understanding the process at a free Community Homebuyer Fair in Waimanalo from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Waimanalo public library, 41-1320 Kalanianaole Highway and in Kalihi from 9 a.m. to noon June 30 at the Susannah Wesley Community Center, 1117 Kaili St.

Some 14 organizations that deal with housing will be at the informational trade show to explain their roles in helping people obtain a home. The organizations include a nonprofit group that offers classes on purchasing a home, a group that can help with credit issues, and lenders that will calculate how much homeowners can expect to borrow. Participants should bring a monthly gross income statement and expense information.

For more information, call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at 522-8175, ext. 223.

Student drug study results complete

The Hawai'i Department of Health will release the results from their 2000 Hawai'i Student Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use Study today in the Kinau Hale boardroom at 1250 Punchbowl St.

The department administered anonymous surveys to students in grades 6-12 throughout the school year, said Janice Okubo, information officer at the Department of Health.

Dr. Bruce S. Anderson, director of the Health Department; Elaine Wilson, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division chief; and Dr. Rene Klingle from the University of Hawai'i will present findings from the substance abuse study.

The last student study was conducted in 1998.

Chief announces police promotions

Honolulu Police Chief Lee Donohue has announced the promotion of Capt. Daniel Hanagami to the rank of major this week.

Hanagami will give up his position as one of two captains assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division to become head of the Information Technology Division.

Also, Donohue announced the promotion of Lt. Carlton Nishimura to captain. He will assume Hanagami's former position.