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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, June 27, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff


Wai'anae library reopens

The Wai'anae Public Library has reopened after the replacement of the building's central air-conditioning system.

The library has been closed since April 30, but the library's bookmobile was parked outside the building during the repairs to provide limited service to residents.

The Wai'anae Public Library is next to the Wai'anae District Park on Farrington Highway and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m Friday.


Teacher finishes fund-raiser

Kahuku High School teacher Iris Gonzales finished the Red Raider Challenger yesterday at 4 a.m., crossing the finish line at the school 22 hours after she departed from Turtle Bay on her 134-mile trek around O'ahu.

Gonzales, a biology teacher at Kahuku, paddleboarded, bicycled and ran around the island to raise $5,000 for a new biotechnology class she wants to teach next school year.

Leaving from Turtle Bay, Gonzales arrived at Poka'i Bay about 4 p.m. with a serious neck ache, she said.

Bicycling from Poka'i Bay to He'eia Pier was the easiest part, until she passed Castle Medical Center and began heading up Kalaniana'ole Highway to Kane'ohe.

Eventually, she gave up on the run and hopped on her bicycle to finish the event.

"I was starting to shake," Gonzales said.

She hasn't tallied up the numbers yet and isn't sure how much money she raised. Next time, she said she may try something different.

"Maybe I'll have a bake sale," she said.

Army offers Hawai'i lectures

The Army will kick off a series of free lectures on Hawaiian culture and history for Army and senior-level civil service personnel at 7 tonight at the Nehelani Club on Schofield Barracks.

The lectures will be presented by various experts and will be held every two months for a year.

The first lecture will cover "Origins of the Hawaiian People," and will include a discussion on the initial Polynesian voyages to Hawai'i.Ê

The evening will also include an introduction of kumulipo, the Hawaiian creation story, in chant and hula.

The purpose of the cultural lecture series is to provide an opportunity for soldiers and their families to learn about Hawai'i from those who know it best.

For more information, contact Dr. Laurie Lucking at 656-2878, ext.1052.


Board to hear retailer's plan

The Pearl City Neighborhood Board will hear a presentation on the Home Depot development schedule at its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Pearl City Library auditorium.

The home improvement store, which is expected to open next month, has been accepting job applications.

The board also will discuss the Koa Ridge state land-use boundary amendments and hear committee reports.


Service group has openings

The Fund for the Pacific Century, a charitable community service organization, is accepting applications for its Pacific Century Fellows Program, which is designed to recognize and encourage Hawai'i's future leaders.

The nine-month program will allow 25 people who exhibit leadership qualities in their current professional, volunteer and civic activities, to participate in a two-day retreat and then to meet monthly to focus on subjects of community concern.

A 19-member committee of prominent citizens will select participants who are in their mid-20s to early 40s.

"Program fellows are encouraged to develop long-term relationships and are expected to play active public service roles," said Mufi Hannemann, chairman of the board for the fund.

The cost to cover expenses is $1,500.

Individual companies may sponsor candidates, and employers are encouraged to pay for their employees. Tuition assistance is available.

Contact the Pacific Century Fellows Program at 377-2332.

The application deadline is July 23.