Wainaku home gutted by fire
HILO, Hawai'i A fire Wednesday night gutted a two-story home at 800 Kaiwiki Road in Wainaku on the Big Island. No one was injured in the 9:40 p.m. fire, which was reported under control at 9:58 p.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Losses are estimated at $120,000 to the structure and $25,000 to the contents.
Palolo Homes to host 'bash'
A "Palolo Bash" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at 2170 Ahe St. to celebrate completion of the $13.5 million renovation of Palolo Homes a former state-owned public housing project.
Palolo Homes is a 306 unit, 63-building project built in the mid-1950s. The homes were acquired by Mutual Housing Association of Hawai'i, and renovation plans began four years ago. Construction took one year to complete and involved the relocation of 250 families.
The residents will provide entertainment and a barbecue dinner to thank supporters. Mutual Housing is a nonprofit organization that owns and manages low-income rental housing and provides supportive social services to its residents. Palolo Homes is one of three rental projects owned by Mutual.
Base specialist at Sierra Club
Diane Drigot, senior natural resources management specialist at Marine Corps Base Hawai'i in Kane'ohe, will discuss turning constraints into opportunities at a talk sponsored by the Sierra Club at 7 p.m. today at the Richards Street YWCA, Room 306.
Drigot, who oversees the Nu'upia Ponds on the Marine Corps base, also will talk about the Marines' integrated natural resources management program. For more information, call 538-6616.
Life-skill topics on agenda
A series on life skills to bring balance and joy to your day is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 18 and 25 at Hale Akoakoa on the Windward Community College campus. The Family Community Leadership Oahu Council will host the free brown-bag sessions. Lunch may be purchased at the school's cafeteria next door.
The three topics are Conquering the Challenges of Change, Breaking the Stress Cycle and Eleven Ways to bring the Joy Back to Your Interactions. For information call 236-9256.
Hoedown at riding center
Manawale'a Riding Center, a nonprofit organization, will host a hoedown to raise money for its horsemanship programs for children from noon until "whenevahs" tomorrow at Da Ranch, 41-170A Waikupanaha St. in Waimanalo. The food and entertainment are free and door prizes will be awarded. For information call 259-9099.