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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, May 25, 2002

Hawai'i Briefs

City official appointed to BOE

Gov. Ben Cayetano yesterday appointed city official and community leader Breene Harimoto to the Board of Education.

Harimoto will represent the board's Leeward O'ahu district and fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Marilyn Harris. Harimoto is deputy director of the city Department of Information Technology.

Harimoto is a member of the Pearl City High School Community Based Management council and was a founding member of the Pearl Highlands Elementary SCBM. He also was on the Ke Au Hou Task Force, which developed recommendations for restructuring the Department of Education.

Harimoto is co-founder and president of the Pearl City Foundation, and a member of the Pearl City Community Association and the Pearl City Neighborhood Board. He also is a co-founder and past president of the Pearl City Community Youth Center.

Help sought in finding missing girl

The Department of Human Services is asking for the public's help in locating a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since March 29.

Ana Marie Hamlin is believed to be a runaway who may be trying to get to the Mainland. She was a student at Mililani High School and could still be in that area, officials said. She also may be in the Waikiki area.

Hamlin is Caucasian with red hair, fair skin and freckles. She is 5 feet 7 and weighs 137 pounds.

Anyone with information on Hamlin is asked to call the Department of Human Services hotline at 832-5300, or Honolulu police officer Tamanaha at 529-3935.

Motorists warned on traffic, parking

Motorists are being advised of possible parking and traffic problems during the long Memorial Day weekend.

Parking at Blaisdell Center today and tomorrow will be at a premium because of commencement exercises. Patrons are asked to arrive early or seek alternative parking.

All parking lots near the Blaisdell Center, including near Hawaiian Electric Co. and across from Thomas Square and the Honolulu Academy of Arts, will be available.

Also this weekend, police will set up checkpoints to deter alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers. The checkpoints will be set up at unannounced times and locations through Tuesday.

As of May 20, 26 people had died on O'ahu in traffic accidents this year, and police said five of the fatalities were alcohol- or drug-related. Speeding was a factor in 10 of the fatalities, police said.

Hearing set on unburied remains

Big Island Circuit Judge Ronald Ibarra has ruled that a contempt hearing be reopened following the discovery of unburied human remains at the site of a luxury subdivision in Kona.

On May 16, a representative of developer 1250 Oceanside Partners found a box of remains stored in a shipping container on the Hokuli'a property.

The discovery violated an Aug. 1 order by Ibarra that all human remains on the property be reburied.

A contempt hearing was held from December to February based on charges brought by project foe Protect Keopuka Ohana that not all the remains had been re-interred. The developer maintained then that all the remains had been re-interred, and Ibarra did not issue a contempt-of-court finding.

The newly scheduled hearing will take place after the existing trial over various issues at Hokuli'a.

Salt Lake cleanup needs volunteers

A cleanup of the Salt Lake area is scheduled for 9 a.m. today.

Volunteers are still needed for Salt Lake Awareness Day, which involves a stream cleanup, storm-drain stenciling and the distribution of door hangers on environmental awareness.

Volunteers are asked to meet in front of the Country Club Village on Likini Street. Teachers and students from area schools will also assist in the cleanup.

The project is jointly funded by a Federal Clean Water Act grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state Department of Health Clean Water Branch and various city departments.

Sunset events shift to Blaisdell Park

The city's popular Sunset at the Beach heads to the Pearl City/'Aiea area tomorrow and Monday at Neal Blaisdell Park on Kamehameha Highway.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days, with food, entertainment and a 7 p.m. movie each evening on a 30-foot screen. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" will be shown Sunday, and "Pearl Harbor" on Memorial Day.

The event also will feature an open market with 96 vendors and 20 restaurants and food stations.