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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, August 18, 2004

UH dedicates parking building

 •  Reminders

Advertiser Staff

A new $4.5 million parking structure that will accommodate 276 vehicles next to the Center for Hawaiian Studies was dedicated yesterday at the University of Hawai'i, giving the university a net gain of 175 parking spaces to handle burgeoning enrollments.

About 100 vehicles had parked previously in the gravel lot where the garage was erected.

The facility, built by Kaikor Construction Associates Inc., opens on Monday, the first day of fall semester classes.

Most of the spaces in the new building go into the regular UH parking pool and are available for daily parking at $3 per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis.

The remaining spaces will be sold in a pool of spaces to be made available in a special lottery to be conducted over the next several days — with preference for graduate students and seniors.

During construction, overflow parking was allowed on the lawn fronting the UH Lab School. This will no longer be necessary, said UH-Manoa spokesman Jim Manke.

Tuition refunds for duty call-up

Full tuition refunds will be given to U.S. active-duty members of the armed forces and their authorized dependents who need to withdraw from any campus in the University of Hawai'i system for reasons related to military deployments.

"Students who are required to interrupt their academic enrollment for military duty will be supported as they carry out their duties and will not be penalized for being unable to complete their course requirements," said acting President David McClain.

U.S. military reservists and members of the Hawai'i National Guard only — not their dependents — will also be eligible for such refunds.

Approximately 300 students from across the university system are estimated to be affected by military deployments.

Deployed students who have paid fees for services such as residence halls and childcare will receive a prorated refund.

For more information students should contact the financial aid office on their respective campus.

Weinberg fund helps with meals

Hawai'i Meals on Wheels Inc. has received $4,091.23 from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to help provide and deliver hot meals to needy homebound elders.

Hawai'i Meal on Wheels uses volunteers to serve more than 200 meals on 30 deliver routes every day from Kalihi to Hawai'i Kai, 'Aiea to Pearl City and Kane'ohe to Kailua.

The group, which is celebrating its 25th year, will be expanding into the 'Ewa district soon.

For information on receiving meals or volunteering, call 988-6747.

Panel to work on night-sky bill

WAILUKU, Maui — The Maui County Council's Public Works and Traffic Committee will resume drafting a bill tomorrow that proposes outdoor lighting standards to preserve the night sky for wildlife and astronomical exploration.

The committee's chairman, Michael Molina, said he plans to schedule a series of meetings on the topic and he's hopeful the bill can be approved by the end of the year.

The committee will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Council chambers in the Kalana O Maui Building, 200 S. High St.

The panel has spent 10 months gathering information on the use of specialized lighting and the potential effects on liability, public safety and security.

Wailua folks to hold potluck

WAILUA, Kaua'i — Residents of Wailua House Lots are planning a neighborhood celebration Friday with a potluck dinner and showing of the Elvis Presley movie "Blue Hawaii," which was filmed down the street at the Coco Palms.

The potluck starts at 6 p.m. in the park pavilion, with a short presentation on the history and farming background of the community. The movie will start after sundown.

Recycling drive set in Hau'ula

Residents can help raise money for Hau'ula Elementary School while cleaning the environment by bringing metal scraps and old tires to 53-006 Hala'i St. in Hau'ula from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during Aloha 'Aina Earth Day 5.

Refrigerators, stoves, heaters, washers, dryers, toaster ovens, pipes, beams, posts, cables, wires, cast iron, motor blocks, electric motors, car parts and bicycles will be taken to Hawaii Metal Recycling, which pays for the metals.

No fluids will be accepted.

The recycling project is sponsored by The Hau'ula Ice Breakers and state Sen. Melodie Aduja, who are partnering with Hawaii Metal Recycling Co., Refrigerant Recycling Inc. and Unitek Solvent Services Inc. for the cleanup.

For more information or to volunteer call Dovey at 222-3560 or Rene at 306-1876.

HECO begins Kahe wind study

Hawaiian Electric Co. has begun a yearlong survey to study the potential to generate wind energy on the ridges above its Kahe Power Plant in Leeward O'ahu.

The Kahe ridges were chosen because of research showing them to be one of O'ahu's strongest wind resources.

HECO said that data collected since April have been promising but it is too early to tell whether a "wind farm" could be established there.

Two 165-foot poles, 6 inches in diameter, have been put in an area below Camp Timberline for wind measurement. Cell phone technology is being used to monitor data.