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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 3, 2002

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Another Manoa trail closed

The state has closed the 'Aihualama trail, which connects to the Manoa Falls trail, because of landslides at Manoa Falls.

The decision to close 'Aihualama was made after officials inspected the area yesterday.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources closed the Manoa Falls trail Friday after finding at least three landslides at the waterfall and loose soil throughout the area.

Because of the danger of falling rocks and debris, all access to the popular falls is closed, state official said. Signs and barricades have been erected, with enforcement officers patrolling the area to prevent trespassing.


Sewage spills off Kane'ohe

Raw sewage, apparently released during road construction, spilled Friday afternoon into Kane'ohe Bay.

Signs warning of contaminated water have been placed along the shoreline while the city continues to monitor the water.

City officials said a construction contractor was resurfacing Kane'ohe Bay Drive when the heavy equipment apparently broke a sewage line at about 3 p.m.

Untreated wastewater flowed from the broken line into a nearby storm drain, which empties into Kane'ohe Bay. The break was in the area of 44-637 Kane'ohe Bay Drive.

City workers used pumper trucks to intercept the sewage from the broken pipe and transport it to the Kailua Regional Wastewater Treatment plant. The spill was halted at 6 p.m. Friday.

Kahuku group elects officers

The Ko'olau Education Alliance Corp., a nonprofit group that provides school-to-work experience for Kahuku Complex students, has elected MaryAnne Long, an educational consultant, as its president.

At its recent meeting, members elected officials and set goals for the year, including to expand its kahuku.org Web site and school store. The organization also wants to seek money to continue Step Ahead, an employment training program at Kahuku High and Intermediate School.

Other officers are: vice president Lisa DeLong, principal of Kahuku High and Intermediate School; vice president John Harms, retired Marine and former school counselor; secretary Annette Ostrem, coordinator of the Kahuku Complex Health Program; and treasurer Janine Brand, retired businesswoman and former teacher.

The new board of directors consists of Steve Hoag, Ruth Holmberg, Spencer Kamauoha, Ralph Makaiau, Les Steward and Molly Maxwell Stribling.

For more information about the group, call Long at 293-7554.