General to be honored today
Brig. Gen. Karl Eikenberry is leaving his post as assistant division commander (support) for the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and U.S. Army Hawai'i to become the deputy director for plans, policy and strategy at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Eikenberry, a native of Hammond, Ind., will be honored at a ceremony 4 p.m. today at Sills Field on Schofield Barracks. The ceremony is open to the public.
YMCA plans ho'olaulea
The Kaimuki-Wai'alae YMCA will celebrate Mother's Day with a ho'olaule'a from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday .
Moms are admitted free; for everyone else, admission is $1. There will be music and 31 vendors on hand.
For more information call 737-5544.
Keolu skate site to get OK
A long-awaited skate facility proposed at Keolu Hills Neighborhood Park is expected to receive the go-ahead this month, according to City Councilman Steve Holmes' office.
The $700,000 project includes a skateboard rink and park improvements such as a renovated comfort station, relocated basketball court and accessible walkways and ramps.
The Association of Skateboarders in Hawai'i had hoped to replace an old ramp at Kailua District Park in 1998, but Keolu was selected for a new facility instead that year. The project was financed in 1999 with the expectation that it would be built last April.
The city consultant for the project had announced last November that construction was to begin early this year.
Family fair set for 'Ewa
The 'Ewa by Gentry Community Association will hold its seventh annual family fun fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Geiger Park.
The fair will feature pony rides, inflatable jumpers for keiki, a Hawai'i sports center, live entertainment and food and craft booths.
Expected to attend are musical groups Ewalution and Firehouse, perfomers Rolando Sanchez and Willy K., members of the University of Hawai'i football team, canoe paddling authority Walter Guild and the New York Mets' Benny Agbayani.
For more information, call Suzanne Alawa at 685-0111.
Cayetano appoints Kimura comptroller
Gov. Ben Cayetano yesterday announced his appointment of state budget deputy director Wayne Kimura as State Comptroller of the Department of Accounting and General Services.
Kimura fills the vacancy left by former state comptroller Ray Sato, who retired in April.
"Wayne Kimura has an immense amount of experience and knowledge of state government, particularly having worked as a budget analyst for many years," Cayetano said. "His experience gives him the skills needed to oversee a key department with a critical role in making state government more efficient when providing services to the public. Moreover, Mr. Kimura is a dedicated public servant of great integrity."
Kimura has served as the deputy director of finance in the Department of Budget and Finance for two and a half years. He served briefly as acting director of finance and also worked as a planning and policy analyst in the Office of the Governor for four years.
Kimura's nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.
Free food set for distribution
The Honolulu Community Action Program Inc. and its volunteers will distribute free surplus food to eligible recipients this week on O'ahu.
The food will include rice, green beans, macaroni, pears, peaches, raisins and apple juice.
Hours of distribution will be 8 a.m. to noon or until the food runs out.
Eligible recipients must sign up and be certified at the distribution site. Recipients must have picture identification, meet income criteria and sign a declaration of eligibility.
Dates, areas of distribution and numbers to call for specific sites are:
Today: Leahi (Hawai'i Kai to Nu'uanu), 732-7755.
Tomorrow: Central (Shafter to Waipahu to 'Ewa Beach to North Shore), 488-6834.
Thursday: Kalihi-Palama (Nu'uanu to Shafter), 847-0804.
Friday: Wai'anae and Windward ('Ewa to Makaha and Kahuku to Waimanalo), 696-4261 for Wai'anae, 239-5754 for Windward.