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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2002

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Home Depot gives to center

Home Depot will donate $300,000 to the Pearl City Foundation today to help continue operating the Momilani Community Center.

The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Pearl City Home Depot.

The nonprofit Pearl City Foundation will use the money to create an endowment fund to maintain and operate the community center in upper Pearl City.

The center at 715 Ho'omoana St. was originally operated by the Momilani Community Association for 30 years.

The association's charter, which had required homeowners to pay dues to maintain the center, recently expired.

Breene Harimoto, president of the Pearl City Foundation, said community leaders formed the new entity to manage the donation to operate the center.

The community center's park and swimming pool will now be open to the public.


Schools chief to give address

State public schools superintendent Pat Hamamoto will speak at this morning's Kapolei Rotary Club breakfast.

The 7:30 a.m. breakfast will be in the Kapolei High School faculty/staff lounge. The $7 fee includes a buffet breakfast.

Hamamoto took over as interim schools superintendent in October and was named to the permanent job in December.

As deputy superintendent, she spearheaded efforts by the state Department of Education to improve special-education services to comply with the Felix consent decree.