Mission Houses Museum gets $400,000
Mission Houses Museum has received a $100,000 grant from the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation and a $300,000 grant from the Atherton Family Foundation for the preservation of the historic Chamberlain House.
The coral block house, constructed in 1831 by Levi Chamberlain, is a valuable teaching tool of history and humanities for the thousands of visitors who visit to the museum each year.
The 170-year-old structure is in critical need of repair and the money will be used to complete two of five phases of restoration.
The concrete plaster on the exterior walls of the home will be removed and replaced with a thin coat of preservation-approved plaster to minimize the damaging effects of humidity on the interior walls. Air conditioning will also be installed in all exhibition areas, allowing more of the museum's collection pieces to be displayed.
Board trying to fill seats
The Liliha/'Alewa/Pu'u-nui/Kamehameha Heights Neighborhood Board will try again to fill four long-term vacancies at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ma'ema'e Elementary School cafeteria.
The board has been trying to fill the vacancies for several months but no volunteers have come forward.
The board also will discuss the possibility of closing Lanakila District Park between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Residents have complained about loud noise late at night coming from ball games in the park, but police responding to the complaints have not found unreasonable noise.
Wai'alae water on agenda
The Board of Water Supply will discuss improvements to the Wai'alae Water System at the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Ala Wai Gold Course Club House on Kapahulu Avenue.
The improvements to the systems includes the installation of 8-inch and 12-inch water mains on Koko Head Avenue mauka to Anuhea Street.
The neighborhood board will also update the Ala Wai Canal dredging project and Hawaiian Electric Co.'s Kamoku-Pukele 138 kV transmission line project.
Kaiser plans fund-raiser
The Kaiser High School Class of 2002 will hold a Cougar Bash fund-raiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18 at the school stadium to benefit Project Grad 2002, a parent-organized program that allows graduating seniors to celebrate in a chaperoned, safe environment free of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
For a $10 donation, participants will receive Outback Steakhouse dinners and admission to a concert given by two bands, including local recording artists Thick Tubes and Roots Rockers.
A dance contest and a $1 raffle will be held, with proceeds benefiting Project Grad. Tickets should be purchased in advance from students on campus during lunch breaks. The public is invited and can purchase tickets from senior class counselor Aimee Funasaki from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling 394-1211.