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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Fund-raiser to aid Mililani arts center

Advertiser Staff

Proceeds from a Sept. 11 fund-raiser at Mililani Golf Course will be used to develop programs for an arts education center and performing venue in Mililani Mauka that will serve the communities of Hale'iwa, Kapolei, Mililani, the North Shore, Wahiawa, Waialua, Wai'anae, Waikele, Waipahu and Waipi'o.

Construction of the O'ahu Arts Center on land donated by Castle & Cooke is expected to begin in the next four years.

The center's first fund-raiser, "A Night of the Arts," will include a silent auction, art rummage sale and live entertainment featuring a remembrance of Sept. 11 by the Mililani High School color guard and marching band.

Tickets for the 6-10 p.m. fund-raiser, priced at $50 per person and $25 per child, are available at the Mililani McDonald's at 95-281 Kipapa Drive or by calling 623-2234 or 779-9156.

The O'ahu Arts Center is a nonprofit organization. The fund-raising event is being chaired by Donna Ribellia-Abreu, president of JADCO Corp.


Candidate forum at Hawai'i Kai

Following its regular business, the Hawai'i Kai Neighborhood Board will sponsor a candidates forum for mayor and state House of Representatives at 7 tonight at the Haha'ione Elementary School cafeteria.

The meeting will conclude by 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 527-5578 or to obtain a copy of the agenda go to www.honolulu.gov.

Hanauma Bay cleanup Sept. 18

The Friends of Hanauma Bay will be doing a cleanup of the beach, the park and the Kalaniana'ole Highway area from Keahole Street to Blowhole from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 18.

Volunteers should meet at the upper picnic area near the visitor center at the bay. Volunteers will be given work assignments and garbage bags. Bring a photo ID to avoid paying the beach access fee. Groups interested in the clean-up should call Harvey Shapiro at 395-1217. Individual participants do not need to call, but can just show up.

The cleanup is part of a continuing effort by the Friends of Hanauma Bay to protect the local environment. The nonprofit group assists the bay's educational program, coordinated through the University of Hawai'i .


Free martial arts demonstration

Master Dong Zeng Chen will conduct a free martial arts lecture and demonstration about Tui Shou, or Push Hands, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Kailua Public Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of Kailua Library, this program is suitable for ages 12 and up.

For more information or to request a sign-language interpreter, call the library at 266-9911.

Mystery Night at Kane'ohe library

Kane'ohe Public Library will host Mystery Night at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Young Adult section of the library, 45-829 Kamehameha Highway, next to the police station.

Authors Deborah Turrell Atkinson and Frederick Ramsay will discuss their debut mystery novels, experiences as emerging fiction writers and knowledge of the publishing business.

For more information or to request a sign language interpreter, call the library at 233-5676.


Petition opposes leasehold law

Councilman Mike Gabbard said he has launched a petition drive to show support for his proposal to repeal Honolulu's controversial condominium leasehold conversion law.

Gabbard, who represents Leeward O'ahu but is leaving office this year and running for the 2nd Congressional District, said the law has hurt Native Hawaiians and small landowners.

The 1991 law, known as Chapter 38, allows the city to force landowners to sell qualified condominium owners the fee interest in the land under their units.

The measure has been characterized as land reform and is popular with many people who want full ownership of the condos they live in. But it is staunchly opposed by some large and small landowners, including Kamehameha Schools and other trusts that benefit Hawaiian children.

The petitions alone would not repeal the law. But Gabbard said he hopes they will help convince other council members to vote for repeal before he leaves office.


$31,000 raised for nonprofits

The Hawaiian Way Fund, a community development foundation to support community-based services, will award more than $31,000 in donations raised to various Hawaiian nonprofits at a luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The fund was established by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, which is making the presentation as part of its annual conference at the Hilton, tomorrow through Friday.

More than 370 individuals have contributed to the fund. Recipients of grants include hula halau, artisan cooperatives, affordable housing and health care providers and civic organizations providing educational programs.

The council is a nonprofit formed to provide support to agencies and organizations that serve native communities.

Information: 521-5011.