Victims of flood may get tax break
LIHU'E — Kaua'i residents who suffered damage to property during the floods of March may qualify for a break in real property taxes.
Get forms at the county real property tax office or on the county Web site, www.kauai .gov. Claims must be made by June 30, and an inspector will visit the property to confirm damage. Call 241-6222.
STRETCH OF AULOA ROAD OPEN AGAIN
The city reopened a portion of Auloa Road yesterday that had been closed for a month because of storm-related erosion.
The stretch of Auloa Road below Castle Junction was closed to traffic at the end of March when mudslides from an embankment undermined several trees, making them appear ready to fall onto the road. The trees stood on private property, and property owners had to be contacted to arrange the removal of the trees.
CREWS WORK ON WATER MAIN BREAK
Work crews last night were trying to repair a water main break in the 700 block of Mokulua Drive in Lanikai. No other information was available at press time.
LIBRARY TO REOPEN AFTER RENOVATION
'Ewa Beach Public & School Library is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, according to a state Library official. The library has been closed since April 21st for renovations. There will be some ongoing maintenance once the library reopens but it should not affect library services.
LIBRARY PRESENTS CRIME-SCENE TALKS
Kapolei Public Library will host two one-hour programs titled "Crime Scene Investigation in the Real World" on the first two Wednesdays in May.
Wilson Sullivan, a Chaminade University professor, will talk about what happens at a crime scene in a general discussion on forensic science on Wednesday. The May 10 presenter will be M. Lee Goff, one of nine certified forensic entomologists in America who also teaches a course at Chaminade.
Both programs are free and will start at 6:30 p.m.
The library also is planning a 45-minute independent playtime program for children, 2 and older, on Thursday mornings starting next week and continuing through June 1. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Kapolei Library is at 1020 Manawai St. Call 693-7050.
$200K RELEASED FOR PLANT TRANSFER
Gov. Linda Lingle has released $200,000 for the safe transfer of 60 endangered native red 'ilima plants in the path of new road expansion in Kapolei to a new protected site.
The red 'ilima, or Abutilon menziesil, are growing in areas affected by the North-South Road and Kapolei Parkway developments. The departments of Transportation and Land & Natural Resources will jointly implement a habitat conservation plan to transfer the plants.
TEENS LAUNCH KOKUA PROJECT
Teen groups from the YMCA's Central (Ala Moana), Leeward (Waipahu), Kalihi and Nu'uanu branches will kick off a "Neighborhood Kokua" project Saturday with a coordinated two-hour cleanup effort in areas surrounding their respective facilities.
Reina Miyamoto, who is coordinating the project, said Neighborhood Kokua is a two-year commitment that will involve partnerships, such as the one between Central Y teens and Hui Malama — Kalakaua Homes Citizens Patrol to adopt bus stops and keep them clean in their areas.
"We hope other individuals and groups will improve the impact on our neighborhoods regarding physical appearance and safety," said Miyamoto.
The first coordinated Neighborhood Kokua effort will involve graffiti removal and picking up of trash from 2 to 4 p.m.
Call Miyamoto at 223-5171.
FOOD FESTIVAL AT STAR OF THE SEA
Star of the Sea Church & School will host a fundraiser, the East Honolulu Food Festival, from 5 to 9 p.m. May 6 on the lawn at the school in Kahala.
The event features food from 16 restaurants, entertainment, keiki activities and an auction. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for keiki ages 4 to 10, which includes unlimited tasting plates. Money raised from the event will support charitable activities at the church, the Star of the Sea Early Learning Center and the elementary school. Call 734-0396.
CAMPUS TO JOIN TWO MAUI CENTERS
WAILUKU — Officials with Maui Memorial Medical Center and the neighboring J. Walter Cameron Center have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin formal discussions about collaborating on a plan for a master-planned campus that includes healthcare and human service programs.
The Cameron Center opened in 1973 and houses 14 nonprofit agencies, including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Mental Health Association and the Hui No Ke Ola Pono health program for Native Hawaiians.
The hospital already is in the midst of expansion plans, with a new 75,000-square-foot wing scheduled to open in August. Also in the works are a new parking structure and a medical office building to be built by Maui Health Care Buildings LLC, which comprises Dowling Co. and Pacific Medical Buildings.
The master-planned project would be developed at an estimated cost of $500 million, with funding from public and private sources. It would encompass Maui Memorial's 17.6 acres, the Cameron Center's 7 acres and 11 adjoining acres.