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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Wine-tasting event Friday

The Rotary Club of Kapolei will present an "Evening at Lanikuhonua" at 6 p.m. Friday at the Lanikuhonua at Ko Olina Resort & Marina.

The event allows participants to sample nearly 100 wines, premium beers, spirits and pupus.

This third annual event is open to the public. Cost is $30 per person. For more information, call Van McCrea at 672-3924.


'Fiddler' musical being cast

Musical director Ron Bright will hold auditions for the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 4 and 5 at Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College in Kane'ohe.

Those auditioning should be prepared to sing and dance, bring their own musical scores and wear comfortable clothing.

The play will run from Nov. 21 to Dec. 22.


Sierra Club backs Case for governor

The Sierra Club's Hawai'i chapter yesterday announced its endorsement of Democratic Rep. Ed Case in the governor's race.

Oahu Group member Melody Heidel said the 5,000-member organization believes Case, of Manoa, has the right environmental vision and has made it clear that environmental protection should be a core government function.

Case, who was present for the group's endorsement, said his priorities as governor would be preservation of agriculture and conservation lands from sprawl development, guarding against alien species and development of renewable energy sources.

"We're all stewards of our land. We all have an obligation to take care of our land and hand it off to the next generation," Case said. "We're just passing through. The land lives for those generations that come after us."

Attorney named to fill PUC vacancy

Gov. Ben Cayetano has appointed Gregg Kinkley to the Public Utilities Commission on an interim basis.

Kinkley fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Dennis Yamada. The interim appointment, which is subject to Senate confirmation, becomes effective Sept. 1.

Kinkley is the executive director of the Division of Consumer Advocacy in the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Kinkley is an attorney who was the managing partner at Kinkley and Cox before joining the state government.

Applicants sought for holiday displays

The city is accepting applications for nonprofit organizations which want to set up holiday displays at the Civic Center during the popular Honolulu City Lights program.

Nonprofit organizations must submit their applications, along with proof of their nonprofit status by 4:30 p.m. Friday to the city Department of Customer Services, 530 S. King St., Room 302-A, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Permits will be issued for five display areas neighboring Honolulu Hale. Display areas will be assigned in a lottery which will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 9 at the City Hall Annex Conference room.

New box office hours at Blaisdell

The city has announced new hours for the Neal Blaisdell Center box office effective Sept. 3.

The box office will be open Monday through Saturday (except holidays) 9 a.m to 5 p.m. The city said the new hours will better serve the early arriving patrons.

For information on ticket sales, call 526-4400.

Lions member named director

Melvin Nakamura of the District 50 Hawai'i Lions was elected director of the International Association of Lions Clubs at its 85th International Convention in Osaka, Japan, last month.

As a director of Lions Club International, Nakamura joins four others on the organization's board, which develops programs and policies that benefit more than 1.3 million Lions throughout the world.

Nakamura also will represent the International Association of Lions Clubs at various district and state functions in the United States and other countries.

Nakamura is the eighth Lion from Hawai'i to be elected to the position since the club started 75 years ago.

He served as a district governor of the Hawai'i Lions in 1994-95, and has been a 24-year member of Waioli Lions Club in Manoa.

In June 2000, Nakamura served as a host committee chairman for the 83rd Lions Club International Convention, which drew more than 30,000 Lions and family members to Honolulu.


Meeting to look at deer problem

KIHEI, Maui — Findings from a report prepared by the Maui Axis Deer Group will be presented at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Kihei Community Center.

A handful of deer introduced on Maui in 1959 for hunting has grown to a population of thousands and has been responsible for traffic accidents, crop damage and other problems, including threatening native species.

Maui Axis Deer Group members, who have been studying the problem for several years, will present their recommendations at the meeting.

For information, contact the DLNR's Bill Evanson at (808) 873-3506, or county executive assistant Dennis Schwind at (808) 270-7971.