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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2002

Neighbor Island briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


S. Kohala to hold town meeting today

WAIMEA, Hawai'i — South Kohala residents will discuss possible increases in county real property taxes and cuts in services and programs during a meeting at 5:30 tonight at Kahilu Town Hall.

Speakers will include county Councilman Leningrad Elarionoff and deputy managing director Peter Young.

Mayor Harry Kim will submit his final budget proposal Monday, and has told the council it likely will include a tax increase.

Phone scam seeks account number

Police are warning the public about a phone scam in which a caller posing as a representative for a major retailer is asking for personal financial information.

An elderly man from Hilo was called Monday and told his insurance covering purchases made at the store was about to expire, police said. The female caller then asked him to release the name of his bank and his checking account number so that the policy could be extended.

The man's daughter intercepted the call, and the caller hung up, police said.


Lydgate bike path contract awarded

LIHU'E, Kaua'i — The county has hired Kaua'i Builders under a $2.1 million federal contract to build a two-mile bike path and other facilities at Lydgate Park.

The bike path, a 10-foot-wide concrete strip, will connect the park with the Kamalani Kai Bridge. Mayor Maryanne Kusaka said she hopes it will be part of a connected series of bike paths from Lihu'e to north of Kealia.

The Lydgate portion is the first phase of the Kaua'i Health Heritage Trail. A second, now in design, runs from Kapa'a to Kuna Bay, also known as Donkey Beach.