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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 16, 2002

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Flooding issues to be discussed

An ad hoc committee to address flooding on the North Shore will meet at 11 a.m. today in State Capitol conference room 16.

The committee includes North Shore Neighborhood Board members; state and city legislators; representatives from federal, state and city agencies; congressional and military representatives; and residents.

Among the issues the committee will discuss are: responsibility for stream maintenance, a master plan, Wahiawa Reservoir, military use of the reservoir and visiting flood areas.

Sen. Robert Bunda, D-22nd (Wahiawa, Waialua, Sunset Beach), and Reps. Michael Magaoay, D-45th (Waialua, Kahuku), and Marcus Oshiro, D-40th (Wahiawa, Whitmore), called for the formation of the committee after a North Shore Neighborhood Board meeting last month in which residents demanded the development of specific plans to address flooding.

Residents are encouraged to participate.


Hannemann not a candidate

Former Honolulu City Councilman Mufi Hannemann yesterday said he will not run for office this year and instead will focus on boosting Hawai'i voter registration and aim for the Honolulu mayoral election in 2004.

Hannemann's campaign for Honolulu mayor ended when Mayor Jeremy Harris withdrew from the governor's race in late May. Hannemann said he chose to forego running for other elective offices this year, saying, "the position that I genuinely believe where I can make the greatest difference and contribution to our community continues to be mayor of Honolulu."

Hannemann said he is forming a coalition to motivate more Hawai'i residents — particularly young people and those who have grown cynical of the political system — to vote.

Blood drive set for tomorrow

A community blood drive is scheduled for tomorrow at Wahiawa General Hospital.

The blood drive will be held from 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the hospital's skilled-nursing facility at 128 Lehua St.

Donors must be in good health, at least 18 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and provide a valid photo ID.

To schedule an appointment, call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 845-9966 or visit the Blood Bank's Web site to find the nearest blood-drive location.


Relay for Life teams sought

The American Cancer Society is seeking companies and residents to take part in the Relay for Life event from 7 p.m. July 20 to 7 a.m. July 21 at Magic Island.

The all-night event raises money for research into the causes and cures of cancer and for local patient-support programs. About 100 teams have signed up so far and will walk and run relays around a track set up on Magic Island.

For information, call Marietta Bustamante at 432-9160.