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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, December 24, 2002

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Needy invited to holiday feast

The River of Life Mission will hold a Christmas celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at its 101 N. Pauahi St. location.

Staff and volunteers will serve a Christmas luncheon. A program of Christmas music will be presented, with guests invited to join in singing Christmas carols.

The menu will include baked ham, turkey, cranberry sauce, yams, stuffing, salad and dessert.

Doors open for seating at 9 a.m. Admission is free.

The Rev. Bob Marchant, River of Life executive director, said donations of food and cash are welcome. The wish list includes canned hams, turkeys, canned pineapple, brown sugar, rice, aluminum foil, broiler pans and paper products.

River of Life serves 10,000 hot meals monthly to the homeless and needy, and provides family food boxes, clothing, health and legal assistance, recovery and other rehabilitation programs.

It is supported by private donations and grants. All services are provided free.

Donations may be mailed to River of Life Mission at P.O. Box 37939, Honolulu, HI 96837 or call 524-7656.


Kailua artist donates mural

Kailua artist Ron Artis has repainted the exterior wall of Times Super Market in Kailua facing the district park as a Christmas gift to the community.

Artis spent last weekend at the park redoing the Mokulua islands and seascape on the two-story building, donating his time and paint. He also painted a coral underwater scene on the lower wall next to the building. He first painted the wall in 1995.

"I wanted to give something to Kailua, thanking them for giving us a good home for our children," said Artis, who has lived in Ha-wai'i 11 years, most of them in Kailua.

Artis and his wife, Victoria, have 10 children, ages 3 months to 17 years.

He is known for numerous murals he has painted at businesses, on walls and in front yards throughout O'ahu.


Army asked to honor hero

U.S. Rep. Ed Case has asked the Army to rename the Wai'anae Army Recreation Center after Hawai'i Medal of Honor recipient Pvt. Herbert K. Pililaau.

The request comes in response to a City Council resolution requesting the name change, Case said.

By renaming the center, "we honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Pvt. Pililaau and the thousands of soldiers who have come from Hawai'i," Case said.

Born in Wai'anae in 1928, Pililaau joined the Army and went to Korea in 1951. He died while voluntarily covering the retreat of his platoon, defending his position by engaging the enemy in hand-to-hand combat.

President Harry S. Truman posthumously awarded him the Medal of Honor. He is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.