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Board candidates being sought
The city's neighborhood board system is seeking candidates to serve two-year terms on boards in their communities.
The deadline for filing as a neighborhood board candidate is Jan. 21. No fee or petition is required, but candidates must be at least 18 years old and live in their board district. The two-year term begins June 1, 2003, and ends May 31, 2005.
There are 32 neighborhood boards on O'ahu that meet monthly in their own communities, and all 444 board seats are up for election.
Ballots will be mailed to registered voters this spring and must be returned by April 21. Election results will be announced May 1.
As of yesterday, 194 candidates had filed their candidacy forms.
Candidates can file papers at the Neighborhood Commission Office, 530 S. King St., Room 400, or call 527-5749 for more information. Faxed candidate forms will not be accepted because the signatures must be verified.
Meeting to cover Spam festival
Rick Egged, president of the Waikiki Improvement Association, will give a presentation on the Hormel Spam Festival at the Waikiki Neighborhood Board meeting at 7 tonight at the Waikiki Community Center, 310 Paoakalani Ave.
The Spam festival will be April 4 and 5 and will include a cooking contest and the closing of Kalakaua Avenue for entertainment.
The board will also discuss the state's so-called "bottle bill" that establishes a 5-cent deposit for beverage containers in 2005 and elect a new member for sub-district 3.
Kaua'i roadwork closes one lane
LIHU'E, Kaua'i Koga Engineering has started work on highway improvements at Kuhio Highway and South Leho Drive in Wailua that will close one lane of traffic weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The work includes road widening, left-turn storage lanes, guardrails, concrete curbs and other improvements. Koga won a $788,000 bid from the state Department of Transportation.
In other work, the department has awarded a $1.3 million contract to Jas. A. Glover Ltd. to resurface Kuhio Highway in Lihu'e from Hardy Street to Kuene Road, which is alongside Wilcox Hospital. That work is scheduled to start in March. The DOT director's office did not respond to questions about how long the construction and traffic disruptions would continue.
Geologic history lecture tomorrow
Geology professor Floyd McCoy will explain the "Geologic History of the Kailua Ahupua'a" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Kailua District Park meeting room.
McCoy, a Windward Community College professor, will detail how the bay, Kawai Nui marsh, Mount Olomana and the Ko'olau Range were formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. The lecture is free.