Fish kill in stream prompts testing
The state says it will begin testing the water in Manoa Stream and its fish after hundreds of catfish were found dead last week.
The state Health Department and the Department of Land and Natural Resources will conduct the testing. Meanwhile, people are being advised to stay away from the stream and not eat its fish.
DLNR aquatic biologist Mike Yamamoto said an area resident informed the department on Wednesday about the dead fish.
State biologists say the exotic species of armored catfish established themselves in the stream about 20 years ago.
There have been fish kills in the stream before, but biologists have not been able to explain why.
"This time we were called early and so we were able to find fish that were still alive, but were sick. So, the veterinarian did collect fish. If anything, we have a better chance to find out what happened," Yamamoto said.
REGENTS TO HOLD UARC MEETING
The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents will hold an informational meeting Jan. 20 on the proposed university affiliated research center.
The meeting will be at 1 p.m. at the Campus Center Ballroom.
Community members are invited to share their thoughts about the program, which would be a university affiliated Navy research center.
People who intend to testify are encouraged by UH to inform the secretary of the Board of Regents by Jan. 18 by calling 956-8213. Written testimony also will be accepted.
LIBRARY HOSTING SEVERAL PROGRAMS
Kahuku Public and School Library will host a variety of free programs covering clutter, a book review and a puppet show.
"Clutterbusters: A Cure for All that Clutter in Life," will be at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the library's Conference Room. Marilyn Nagel, "The Clutterbuster" and life success coach, will present her proven approach on how to make life more efficient and effective. Suitable for ages 12 to adults. Registration requested.
The library's book club will discuss "In the Time of the Butterflies" at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Adult Reading Room. The book is about sisters who dared to oppose a Dominican Republic dictator. Suitable for ages 12 to adults.
Maureen Trevenan will present "Puppet Theater Antics" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Conference Room. Trevenan will share folk tales to delight the entire family. Suitable for all ages. Registration is requested.
To register, call the library at 293-8935 or register in person at the circulation desk.
Call the library seven to 10 days in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed for any of these programs.
MARINE PLANES HERE FOR TRAINING
Fighter/attack jets and in-flight refueling aircraft from a base in Fort Worth, Texas, arrived at Marine Corps Base Hawai'i yesterday to begin joint training exercises with Hawai'i-based Marines.
F/A-18D Hornet jets from VMFA-112 and KC-130 tankers from VMGR-234 will train with Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Regiment on the Big Island. The units are preparing for a deployment.
Residents may notice an increase in aircraft activity and noise. The aircraft will be at the base throughout January.
PROJECT WILL SLOW HIGHWAY TRAFFIC
A city contractor will begin shoulder improvements today on Kamehameha Highway between He'eia and Lihikai Drive, causing intermittent lane closures during construction.
Ideal Construction will move a water line and install a low concrete wall near St. John's by the Sea Episcopal Church. The project also includes widening the shoulder at He'eia and clearing brush at various spots.
The $378,930 project is scheduled for completion in May.
WHALE BOARD TO MEET THURSDAY
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's advisory council will hold a public meeting Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Honolulu airport interisland terminal conference center.
For information, call Keeley Belva of the agency's O'ahu office at 397-2651, ext. 248. Testimony may be e-mailed to email@example.com, faxed to 397-2650 or mailed to 6600 Kalaniana'ole Highway, Suite 301, Honolulu, HI 96825.