Kailua board opposes landfill plan
The Kailua Neighborhood Board voted 12-1 last night to oppose any consideration by the city to turn Kapa'a Quarry into a municipal landfill.
The vote reflects the community's opposition to having another landfill in Kailua. Kapa'a, which is mauka of Kawai Nui Marsh, has had three landfills over the years and an automobile junkyard. The last landfill closed in 1997.
The notion to use Kapa'a Quarry wasn't ever formally proposed, but the issue came up last month after state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, D-21st (Barbers Point, Makaha), suggested that the city hadn't really considered the Kailua site when reviewing possible locations for a landfill. Hanabusa represents a district that has two landfills, including Waimanalo Gulch, which the city wants to enlarge and keep open for 15 more years.
Police seek aid in bomb threat
CrimeStoppers and police are seeking the public's help in finding a woman who tried to rob the La'ie branch of Bank of Hawaii on Wednesday after threatening to set off a bomb.
Police said the device looked like a pipe bomb but contained no explosives.
The woman is described as Chinese-Hawaiian, in her 40s, about 5 feet 4 and 140 pounds. She was dressed in a tan pantsuit and was wearing heavy makeup, large wire-frame glasses and a curly brown wig. Her voice was rough and throaty.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Joyce Alapa at 529-3382. Anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
CrimeStoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the identification or arrest of the suspect.
Annual parade for veterans
The annual Wai'anae Veterans Day Parade and Ho'olaule'a will kick off at 9 a.m. tomorrow from Ulehawa Beach Park in Nanakuli and proceed down Farrington Highway 1.6 miles to Nanakuli Beach Park.
The parade, sponsored by the Wai'anae Military Civilian Advisory Council, will include high school JROTC units, military and high school marching bands and community organizations.
The ho'olaule'a will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nanakuli Beach Park and will include live entertainment, food and craft booths, exhibits and displays.
Grand opening for bus facility
The city's new $26 million bus facility in Pearl City includes environmental safeguards and computerized efficiency that will protect employees and the environment.
The new facility will have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at 1200 Waimano Home Road. Access will be via Kuala Street.
The Pearl City Youth Facility will also celebrate its grand opening at the same time and place.
TheBus' full-service maintenance and repair center includes five buildings on 21 acres and can accommodate 250 city buses. The facility's features include seal-coated asphalt pavement, a washing system that prevents the discharge of oil into the city drainage system, a leakage detector for the underground petroleum storage tanks, a "Personal Fall Arrest System" that protects staff who climb on top of a bus, and computerized sensors that automatically download fare collection and ridership information from electronic fare boxes.
The grand opening will include tours, food, entertainment, souvenirs and free games and prizes for children.
The youth program, called the Pearl City Community Youth Organization United to Help, offers counseling, health services and performing arts activities for juveniles in the community.