Renovation starts for Wa'ahila park
Construction will begin today on improvements at Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area, including work in the parking area, picnic pavilion and comfort station.
The $160,000 project by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources is expected to be completed by November and the park will remain open during construction.
Site Engineering Inc. will start construction in the parking area by building an improved roadway to the east picnic pavilion. At the pavilion, the company will build accessible parking with a pathway to the pavilion and install a new water fountain and an accessible picnic table.
Improvements to the comfort station will include new accessible fixtures and a leveled entryway.
For more information, call the O'ahu State Parks office at 587-0300.
HISTORY DAY CONTEST FEB. 25
The annual Maui History Day competition will take place Feb. 25 at Maui High School. This year's theme is "Taking a Stand in History: People, Ideas, Events."
The competition for intermediate and high school students includes displays, research papers, role-playing performances and media programs.
Public viewing of the projects will be from 12:15 to 1 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony. District winners will advance to the April 6 state History Day competition at Windward Community College.
PA'U RIDERS, HELP SOUGHT FOR PARADE
LAHAINA — Organizers of Maui's Kamehameha Pa'u Parade and Ho'olaule'a are seeking volunteers to help with the June 17 event.
There is also a need for pa'u riders to represent the eight major Hawaiian islands in the parade. The next monthly meeting for riders will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Dragon Dragon restaurant in the Maui Mall, Kahului.
For more information, contact coordinators Crystal Alboro at (808) 357-2595 or Sue Lincoln at (808) 870-2090.
LIBRARIES TO HOST AUTHOR PORTRAYALS
Retired teacher and school librarian Karen De Vos will portray Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Rawlings in free performances at four Maui public libraries.
Rawlings, who wrote "The Yearling," lived from 1896 to 1953. De Vos, wearing vintage clothes and props of the era, will talk of the author's colorful characters.
She will appear tomorrow at the Kihei Public Library, Wednesday at the Makawao Public Library and Feb. 21 at the Lahaina Public Library, with all three performances at 6:30 p.m. On Feb. 25, De Vos will perform at 2 p.m. at the Kahului Public Library. The events are sponsored by the Upcountry Bookbuilders and the Maui Friends of the Library.
NOMINATE GREAT FILIPINOS TILL 28TH
The deadline for nominations for "Living Treasures: Hawai'i's 100 most influential Filipinos" has been extended to Feb. 28 by the Fil-Am Courier, sponsor of the project.
The original deadline was next week.
Submittals can be made to email@example.com or by fax to 595-6883.
For information, call Dolour Servito at 595-8787.
The project is part of the yearlong centennial celebration marking the first Filipinos to arrive in Hawai'i.
SECOND CHANCE PROM IS SATURDAY
Kailua High School's Project Graduation 2006 is holding a "Second Chance Prom" fundraiser on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Marine Corps Base Hawai'i Officers Club.
It costs $40 per person and includes dinner, dancing with a live band and a DJ, and a silent auction. A photographer will be on hand to take prom pictures at an additional cost.
For information, call Gale at 261-1286.
UH OFFERS SPEEDY NURSING PROGRAM
The University of Hawai'i-Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene is offering an accelerated program for students to complete a bachelor's degree in nursing within 18 months.
The accelerated curriculum is for individuals with a previous bachelor's degree in any field who are interested in nursing as a career change.
The program begins June 12 with completion scheduled for mid-December 2007. Application deadline is March 1. Visit www.nursing.hawaii.edu.
CLASSES EXPLORE HOSPITALITY JOBS
Hawai'i's community schools for adults are launching classes that explore career options in the hospitality industry, including positions at hotels, resorts or cruise ships.
The new classes are called the START program — Skills, Tasks and Results Training. Students pay $22 for a workbook, but there is no charge for those on public assistance, unemployment or receiving food stamps.
Classes are scheduled at:
KALANI OPENS NEW COMPUTER CENTER
Kalani High School has opened its first Technology Learning Center in the school's library with 40 donated computers — the only such lab that all students can access.
Students Shin Wei Chyr and Tomo Huber worked with two teachers and others over the winter break to get the lab up and running, according to the president of the Kalani High School Association.
FREE TALK ON FENG SHUI FOR NEW YEAR
'Aina Haina Public Library will host "Feng Shui: Planning Ahead for the Year of the Dog," a free informational program at 10 a.m. Feb. 25.
The program, led by Alan Lum, author and feng shui specialist, will show participants how to prepare the home for the Year of the Dog by applying traditional Chinese feng shui methods.
For more information, call 377-2456.
Correction: Shin Wei Chyr is a Kalani High School student who helped over the Christmas holidays to set up the school’s first computer lab. The student was incorrectly identified in a previous version of a news brief.