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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, February 5, 2002

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Park lights to be replaced

The city is seeking bids to replace the lights around the softball field at Koko Head District Park.

The project is expected to cost about $500,000 and take two months to complete. Work is expected to begin in May. The project has been postponed twice since November.

The city also plans to replace the louvers in the park's gymnasium, a $90,000 project.

Board to hear gambling pitch

Representatives from O'ahu Civil Defense and from the gambling and gaming industries will make presentations to the Kuli'ou'ou Kalani Iki Neighborhood board at 7 p.m. Thursday at the 'Aina Haina Public Library, 5246 Kalaniana'ole Highway.

The board also will hear legislative updates from area lawmakers.

For more information, call 523-4944.


Man charged in shooting

Bernaray Oili, 23, of Wai'anae has been charged in connection with the shooting that caused a police standoff Friday at the Ihilani Resort and Spa.

Oili was charged with reckless endangering, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree criminal property damage and a firearms charge.

Police said the case began as a dispute between Oili and a former girlfriend, 21, at a Nanakuli service station. The ex-girlfriend fled with a female companion to the resort property and were pursued by Oili, who rammed their car.

Shots were fired on the resort property, and both women were struck. The suspect barricaded himself in a field near the hotel.

Ko Olina condo project begins

A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for a new condominium project at Ko Olina.

The 116-unit Kai Lani townhouse project is being built by Kai Lani Company LLC, a joint venture between Armstrong Builders affiliate Armstrong Kai Lani Corp. and A&B Properties Inc.

The project is expected to create 50 jobs. Construction began yesterday.

Four model units should be available for viewing by June. Interactive tours of the new project are available online.


He'eia park seeks helpers

The Friends of He'eia State Park is seeking volunteers to participate in two projects at Ke Alohi Point in He'eia State Park.

A coastal restoration project and stream cleaning will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 and 23, respectively.

Groups and individuals are welcome. Call Rochelle Smith at 247-3156.


Botanist wins Fairchild medal

The National Tropical Botanical Garden, based on Kaua'i, will give its 2002 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration to botanist Ruth Kiew.

Kiew is known for plant-collecting expeditions in Borneo, Sarawak and Malaysia. She is keeper of the herbarium and library at Singapore Botanic Gardens.