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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Lights fixed in Pali tunnel

The state Department of Transportation was able to make necessary street lighting connections at the Pali tunnel and complete repair work there two weeks ahead of schedule.

A crew worked through Saturday two weekends ago to string wires from the light poles to a new Hawaiian Electric Co. transformer, said Shelley Paik, DOT information specialist.

Under an agreement with the state, HECO supplied DOT with a new transformer and is responsible for its maintenance. DOT is responsible for the rest of the system, including light bulbs.

The lights outside the tunnels on the Windward side have been operating for more than a week after being out since June.

The lights in the tunnel also are affected by the new transformer, working full strength during the day and at reduced strength at night to avoid sudden glare from the lights when coming out of the dark, Paik said.


'Aina Haina site a storm shelter

'Aina Haina Elementary School has been selected by the state Civil Defense division as a designated shelter for the community in the event of a hurricane and needs volunteers.

Selected areas of the school would serve as a safe haven for residents to ride out the storm and provide a short-term residence for homeowners whose property has been destroyed or damaged.

Volunteers knowledgeable in the community are needed for training by the American Red Cross on how to manage and operate a shelter; call 377-2419.


Waikiki board to hold election

The Waikiki Neighborhood Board will elect a new chairperson at its meeting at 7 p.m. today, following the July death of longtime board chairman Sam Bren. If necessary, other officers will also be elected.

The board meets in the Waikiki Community Center on Paoakalani Avenue.

The board will also try to fill five vacancies and hear a presentation by Barbara Kim-Stanton, executive director of the city's Waikiki Development Office, updating various city projects in the area.


Kaua'i may ban diner smoking

LIHUE, Kaua'i — Kaua'i could become the next island to ban smoking in restaurants.

A proposal to institute a smoking ban is scheduled to be heard before the council's Finance and Intergovernmental Relations Committee tomorrow.

Recommendations from a recent public hearing will be considered before the council writes a bill, said Councilman Jimmy Tokioka, who introduced the proposal.

At a council-sponsored public hearing recently, 30 people spoke in favor of amending a county bill that controls smoking in restaurants.