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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Plant sale set for Arbor Day

Advertiser Staff

LIHU'E, Kaua'i — The state Division of Forestry and Wildlife will celebrate Arbor Day on Kaua'i with a sale of potted plants, including native and endangered species.

The sale from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday is at the forestry baseyard, next to the Water Department and Health Department buildings on Pua Loke Street. Among the species available are the herb nehe, the fragrant white hibiscus koki'o ke'oke'o, dwarf naupaka, the fragrant night-blooming pua pilo and more.

For more information call the forestry division at 274-3433.

Bone marrow drive promoted

In honor of National Marrow Awareness Month, Wai'anae High School's Searider Productions has produced a series of public service announcements.

The spots begin rotation this week. One features a Wai'anae girl who lost her brother because a bone marrow donor changed his mind. Another profiles a Wai'anae resident on the wait list.

The spots will bring awareness to a third annual "Thanks for Giving" bone marrow donor registration drive on Nov. 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bose Entertainment Center in the Ward Entertainment Complex.

Kipapa Gulch land use probed

The state and city are conducting separate investigations into reported land-use violations in Kipapa Gulch.

The investigations were prompted by residents concerns about industrial activity occurring in an area zoned for restricted agriculture that were raised at the August meeting of the Mililani/Waipi'o/Melemanu Neighborhood Board.

Kathy Sokugawa, assistant to the city's director of Permitting and Planning, told the Neighborhood Board in September that the investigation is ongoing, noting that general use activities is not permitted.

Richard Bissen Jr., first deputy state attorney general who is Gov. Linda Lingle's representative to the Neighborhood Board, reported last month that state investigators found no solid-waste, no clean-water or environmental crime issues at the site and that it appeared to be more of a permitting issue. Bissen, however, was asked by the board to check with Health Department if any hazardous materials have been discharged at the site.

The property in question is a master condo with seven owners. The ongoing activities involve cement as well as heavy equipment storage and servicing. At least one of the parties involved has a conditional-use permit but not the others.

The city could issue a notice or violation or warning, giving the parties 30 days to correct the problem, if the investigation finds violations.

Food drive, car wash planned

The Mililani Town Association's second annual Food Drive Car Wash will be held Nov. 20 at Recreation Center III, 95-281 Kaloapau St., from 9 a.m. to noon.

MTA members and up to four guests can get a free car wash in exchange for canned goods, which will be donated to the Hawai'i Food Bank. A current member ID card will be required for admission. Monetary donations are also being accepted.

Advance reservations are recommended because event space is limited. Call 623-7300 for reservations Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sites for wildlife watching sought

Hawai'i residents are being invited to recommend some of the Islands' best locations for watching wildlife—without harming it—as part of the state's Watchable Wildlife Project.

Kaua'i residents can participate from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Kapa'a Public Library. Maui residents are invited to a workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Maui Community College's Laulima Building. Hawai'i and O'ahu sessions are scheduled in December.

The program is designed to develop a network of wildlife viewing spots, and to minimize problems caused by potentially damaging viewing practices in sensitive areas. Hawai'i would be the 44th state with such a network.

For more information visit the Web site, hawaiiwildlife.org or call Ray Tabata, at (808) 587-8579.

Monkeypod tree to be replaced

The Kane'ohe Outdoor Circle will celebrate Arbor Day with a dedication and replacement of a monkeypod tree in front of Longs Drug Store at Windward City Shopping Center at 10:30 a.m. today.

The tree will replace a fallen tree that had "Exceptional Tree" status, given to trees that are especially beautiful and healthy.

Following the brief ceremony all attendees are invited to join in a no-host lunch at Chao Phya Thai at Windward City Shopping Center.