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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, October 11, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff


Solar benefits focus of event

Hawaiian Electric Co. will hold a free event called Solar Fest 2001 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mililani Town Center to promote the benefits of solar water heating.

The event will include activities for children as well as live music, information sessions on solar systems and demonstrations by contractors on selecting a solar water heater.

The event is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to encourage the installation of one million solar energy systems in homes across the country. So far, 15,000 systems have been installed under HECO's Energy Solutions for the Home program which offers a $500 rebate on a new system.


Halloween dance slated

Honolulu Waldorf School's high school will hold a Halloween dance from 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Wai'alae Nui Ridgeline Association Recreation Center at the top of Halekoa Drive.

Tickets are $12 in advance until Oct. 23, $15 thereafter.

Board has Wailupe vacancy

The Kuli'ou'ou Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board is looking to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Edward Gall, who represented the Wailupe area.

The board tried to fill the vacancy at its meeting last week, but no residents stepped forward. Anyone interested in the seat must be at least 18 years old and live in the Wailupe area. The board meets on the first Thursday of every month at the 'Aina Haina Public Library.

For more information, call 523-4944.


Canoe halau ruling delayed

The City Council Zoning Committee deferred a decision yesterday concerning a permit for the Waimanalo canoe halau after the community decided it wants the facility built at Waimanalo Beach Park instead of at Kaiona Beach Park.

The halau project was seeking a special management area use permit to build a $400,000 canoe storage facility at Kaiona.

Waimanalo residents and the paddling community agreed that the halau should be moved, said Councilman John Henry Felix, who represents the area and sits on the Zoning Committee.

The issue was presented to the Waimanalo Neighborhood Board on Monday, when more than 80 people attended the meeting to seek a change in the project's location. Some 300 people signed a petition to move the halau. The board voted 10-0 to request the move.

Financing for the project is secured, Felix said, but the city must prepare another resolution for a special management area permit for the new location.

Kupuna sought for interviews

The Kailua Historical Society is seeking kupuna willing to tell their stories of growing up and living in Kailua.

Trained members will interview people and store their oral history for future generations, said Joanne Flannery, president of the society. The group is especially interested in people in their 70s and 80s.

The group will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kailua District Park Multipurpose Room.

To tell your story or for information about the society, call Flannery at 263-0090.