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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 22, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Robber hits Waipahu bank

The Waipahu branch of American Savings Bank was robbed yesterday afternoon.

Police said a man entered the bank at 94-060 Farrington Highway shortly before 4 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money. He was given an undisclosed amount in cash and fled.

The suspect is described as in his early 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 174 pounds with brown hair and a fair complexion. Police said he was wearing a black, long-sleeved T-shirt and faded aloha print shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 566-4300 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

'Aiea panel to meet tonight

The 'Aiea Community Association will hold a community conversation at 7 tonight in the Alvah Scott Elementary School cafeteria.

Items to be discussed include an overview of the empowerment zone process (an initiative by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), review and amendment of the 1998 'Aiea strategic plan, business tax incentives, the 'Aiea Intergenerational Center and transportation hubs and circulator buses.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Claire Tamamoto at 598-2076, or Scott Kamiya at 597-5502.

Alvah Scott Elementary is at 98-1230 Moanalua Road.


Kaimuki board adds meetings

The Kaimuki Neighborhood Board will hold three additional meetings to discuss how to spend $1 million in city money intended for community projects.

The meetings will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 21 and July 12 at the Kaimuki Recreation Center. For details, call Vernon Tam at 732-4017.


Olomana holds giant cleanup

Blue ribbons blanket the Olomana subdivision in Kailua, where residents of about 300 of the 330 homes there cleaned their yards, carports and homes.

With a truck provided by the Hawai'i Youth Correctional Facility, residents spent about three weeks cleaning their community for its annual Great Olomana Clean-Up, said Mary Moore, president of the Olomana Community Association. Six loads of junk were hauled to the dump.

Last weekend, the association awarded blue ribbons to every home that was cleaned or showed signs that cleaning had been done. Ko'olau Farmers and Hardware Hawai'i offered discounts to the residents as an incentive.

Mall to mark theater's debut

Signature Theaters will open the box office for its 10-screen complex at Windward Mall in Kane'ohe at 10:45 a.m. Friday, and the mall plans a celebration.

Entertainment, face painting, balloons and a traditional Chinese lion dance will be among the events beginning at 3 p.m.

Evening entertainment, beginning at 6, will include Ledward Kaapana and Na Leo Pilimehana.


'Ewa area to hear planes

Residents in 'Ewa Beach, Makakilo, Kapolei and Iroquois Point can expect more noise from aircraft flying overhead from May 28 to June 2 while the state Department of Transportation closes runway 4R/221 at the Honolulu International Airport for repairs.


Safer sleeping for babies urged

A Honolulu Police Department detective completed a 20-mile run Sunday at Ala Moana Beach Park to raise awareness for proper childcare.

Detective Alex Garcia said there are about 20 reported deaths from sudden infant death syndrome or suffocations every year on O'ahu, and he ran a mile for each of them.

Many of those deaths could be prevented by employing several methods such as letting a child rest on his or her back, clearing the sleeping area of toys and excess bedding, using a firm mattress and monitoring the child, he said.

Garcia said he wanted to promote proper childcare.