Free kits, food to go to needy
The Windward Homeless Coalition will distribute free hygiene and safety kits, clothes, food and other essentials to low-income and homeless families from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waimanalo Beach Park.
Called the Mana'o lana Connection, the items were collected through donations from residents, community agencies and local businesses.
The coalition will have a resource table at the event to provide information on services such as legal help, housing assistance, health concerns and employment.
O'opu to be topic of talk
State Aquatic Biologist Mike Yamamoto will discuss why o'opu the endemic Hawaiian goby fish are such important indicators of stream health.
The discussion will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mo'ili'ili Community Center, 2535 S. King St., Room 207.
Yamamoto is co-author of "Hawai'i's Native & Exotic Freshwater Animals," and will also talk about other stream creatures, invasive species and what can be done to improve stream quality.
The program is the second in a series of seminars sponsored by the Ala Wai Watershed Association. For more information, call 955-7882.
Chinese kids' art on display
An exhibit of artwork by children from China has opened at the Bishop Museum and will be on display through Feb. 15.
"Flying the Child's Hope" features art created with pencil and brush and expresses the concerns of Chinese children about their environment. The exhibit is sponsored by The 1990 Institute, Center for Environmental Education and Communication of China's State Environmental Protection Administration.
For more information, call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.
Customs office status restored
The Department of Homeland Security is restoring full status to the Honolulu office of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reversing a June downgrading, U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka said.
The downgrade meant the Honolulu office would report to a bureau office in California. Reinstatement to full status will have the Honolulu office reporting directly to Washington, D.C.
"This downgrade would have ... raised serious concerns over the safety of the state and the ability of the Honolulu office to prevent terrorism," Akaka said.
Fund-raiser to aid high school
The Kaimuki High School Foundation is holding a fund-raiser, "Come Home to Kaimuki," Jan. 10 at the school. The event, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria, will feature dinner and entertainment. Proceeds will help provide technology equipment, training and support.
Tickets are $25, $20 of which is tax deductible. Call 733-4430 or visit www.kaimukihsfoundation.org.