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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 7, 2002

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Many answer art-show plea

A Windward Artists Guild plea for help to find a new location for its June art show was answered by some 75 calls, including Aloha Tower Marketplace, which offered the nonprofit group a free space.

The plea appeared in an Advertiser story Tuesday after the guild learned that construction problems at Windward Community College had delayed the opening of its new gallery, where the group had scheduled its show.

"This has restored my faith in humanity," said Tomi Kabara, in charge of finding a new place for the art show.

Kabara said many of the calls were from sympathizers, but others offered sites and possible locations that she might contact. Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Mililani Town Center, Koko Marina, Luana Hills Country Club and Le Jardin Academy were some of the suggestions, Kabara said.

One woman offered a two-acre site for the show. Several churches also responded, she said.

"Unfortunately nothing big enough in Windward was available," Karaba said, adding that the group decided to accept the Aloha Tower offer.

He'eia seeking project 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 welcomed.

To volunteer or for more information, call Rochelle Smith at 247-3156.


Jellyfish cause beach closures

An invasion of box jellyfish prompted the closing yesterday of the beach at Hanauma Bay and other south shore beaches until further notice, lifeguards said.

Also closed were Ala Moana Beach Park, Waikiki Beach, Poka'i Bay and Makaha Surfing Beach. The influx of jellyfish is expected to last several days.

Visitors to Hanauma Bay will be allowed to enter the park, but not go down to the beach. The public is advised to call the bay at 395-2211 to find out if the beach has been reopened, said lifeguard Lt. Dwight Perkins.

"We'll re-evaluate it in the morning," Perkins said. "That's what we do every month. If they're on the beach or in the water, we'll keep the beach closed."


Civil defense topic tonight

Representatives from O'ahu Civil Defense and from the gambling and gaming industries will make presentations to the Kuliou'ou Kalani Iki Neighborhood board at 7 p.m. today 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.

Park lighting awaits bids

The city is seeking construction bids to replace lights around the softball field at Koko Head District Park. The project, expected to cost about $500,000, has been postponed twice since November.

The contract should be awarded this month, and construction will begin in May. The work is expected to take about two months to complete.

Also at Koko Head District Park, the city plans to replace the louvers in the gymnasium. That work is expected to cost about $90,000.


Tax filing help available free

Free assistance in income tax preparation will be offered every Saturday through March, 9 a.m. to noon, at Leeward Community College's Business Building, Room BE 226.

LCC and University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu students trained in federal and state tax preparation will be at hand.

The free assistance does not include business returns. For further information call 455-0443.