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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 24, 2002

Protection from pests

Here in the Islands, where the mere mention of dengue fever sends people scratching and slapping, many may be interested to know that The Coleman Co. of Wichita, Kan., recently unveiled a new mosquito-control system that works on the concept of "if you can't smack 'em, confuse 'em."

The Mosquito Deleto system trap emits a combination of heat, scent and carbon dioxide that makes the mosquito think it's a living target. Once lured, the mosquito is caught on an adhesive cartridge.

An inhibitor component emits a patented scent that blocks mosquito sensors, making it difficult for them to detect humans. Speaking of inhibitors, the system costs $169 for portable units, $199 for standard sets. Still, it's cheaper than American Biophysics Corp.'s widely advertised Mosquito Magnet, which can run you a grand or more, fully loaded.

— Advertiser staff

For their ears only

The lucky students of Campbell High School will get treated to a free, private concert by recording artists Shaggy and Rayvon this afternoon on the Aloha Stadium grounds of the 50th State Fair before it opens.

The students won the concert by participating in I-94's "2002 High School Jam," in which the station had invited students from O'ahu high schools to call or e-mail the radio station for a shot at winning the private gig. At the close of voting Wednesday, Campbell High wound up with the largest tally of students responding. If you're not a Campbell High student, sorry, but you're not invited; a Campbell High I.D. will be required for admission.

— Advertiser staff

Lessons in the lingo

Hawai'i's cultures figure big in at least one segment of the publicity blitz for Disney's June 21 summer film, "Lilo & Stitch." Frequent fliers with Hawaiian Airlines have received not only a flier chock full of movie-related trivia and travel links, but a glossary of Hawaiian terms used in the film, from the basic 'ohana (the underlying theme of the animated feature) to visitor-friendly takes on poi, shave ice and malassadas.

For malihini struggling with local words, the sage advice is: "Just remember to say each word one syllable at a time." If you can say humuhumunukunukuapua'a without batting a lash, or twisting your tongue, you move to the head of the class.

— Wayne Harada, Advertiser entertainment editor