Ka'a'awa school has story to tell
Ka'a'awa Elementary School is seeking old photographs and people to help tell the story of the school, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year with a lu'au and a commemorative book.
The lu'au will be a luncheon on May 27; more information will be released later. Now the school is focusing on collecting information and photographs for a centennial book and is asking residents to contact Michele Pouvave at 237-7751 or e-mail her at Chel96730@hawaii.rr.com.
Kawai Nui Marsh tour offered
Native Hawaiian plant specialist Rick Barboza will conduct a tour of plants in Kawai Nui Marsh from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Participants will visit Ulupo Heiau and Na Pohaku O Hauwahine where native plant-restoration projects have taken place for the past seven years. The tour will end at Hui Ku Maoli Ola nursery in Waimanalo where plants can be purchased and questions answered about plant propagation.
The tour is sponsored by Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi, the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club and the Kawai Nui Heritage Foundation.
There will be a limit of 25 people on the tour and reservation can be made by calling Chuck Burrows at 595-3922 or e-mail him at email@example.com. A $5 donation is requested.
'Aloha Betrayed' author to appear
Noenoe Silva, associate professor at the UH-Manoa Department of Political Science and author of "Aloha Betrayed," will speak at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Windward Community College library.
By analyzing 19th century Hawaiian language newspapers and other texts, Silva refutes the belief that Native Hawaiians passively accepted the erosion of their culture and loss of their nation, showing instead that they actively resisted political, economic, linguistic and cultural domination. The presentation is part of the About Hawaii speaker series and is free and open to the public.
Kailua school celebrates 50th
Kailua High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Blue Hawai'i Lu'au from 5 to 10 p.m. April 9 at the school's cafeteria. The evening's event includes Hawaiian entertainment all night, door prizes, displays and memorabilia.
Only advance tickets will be sold at Kalapawai Market, Hungry Ear Records & Tapes and Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop. This is an alcohol-free and smoke-free event. Tickets are $25 and sale ends March 26. For more information call 554-5868.
Body found in burning car
Police homicide investigators were looking into the death of a man whose body was found yesterday morning in a burning car near Makua cave on the Wai'anae Coast.
Firefighters received the call at about 6:15 a.m. and found a Mitsubishi hatchback on fire on 'Ohikilolo Ranch property.
Emergency room to be improved
HILO, Hawai'i The emergency room at Hilo Medical Center will undergo major improvements to expand the number of treatment rooms and the waiting area, with the state's release of more than $3 million in general obligation bond funds.
The total cost of the project is $4.3 million, including private donations of about $1.2 million from the Hilo Medical Center Foundation.
The Hilo emergency room is the third-busiest in the state, handling as many as 29,000 patients a year, according to a news release. There are only 14 patient rooms in the 7,200-square-foot emergency room, which is often filled to capacity.
Ban rejected on surfing schools
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources declined a request by a group of surfers to formally ban commercial surfing schools in Honoli'i near Hilo, but also said it won't issue permits for such operations there anytime soon.
The board voted Friday to withhold commercial surf instructor permits for Honoli'i for the next six months to give the Department of Land and Natural Resources time to consider the issue as part of a larger review of coastal recreational activities, said BLNR Chairman Peter Young.
"The outcome, I think, is what the petitioners wanted: They wanted no commercial activities," Young said.
Surfers have complained that a surf school operating at Honoli'i until late last year did not have a required state permit and was creating safety hazards at the crowded bay. The school last year agreed to temporarily halt classes in the bay.
Graffiti problem on board agenda
Police officers will report to the members of the Kuli'ou'ou/Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board about the growing graffiti problem along Kalaniana'ole Highway, and the city will make a presentation on the five-year development plan review at 7 p.m. Thursday at the 'Aina Haina Public Library.
Also on the agenda is recognition to board member Joseph Young who will receive the United Chinese Society Citizen of the year 2005 award. Call the Neighborhood Commission at 523-4944.