Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Thursday, January 21, 1999

Catholic Church owns
King Street Cemetery

Who owns the cemetery on King Street, opposite Straub Hospital, near Ward Avenue?

The "King Street Cemetery," as it's known, is owned and maintained by the Catholic Diocese of Hawaii.

"It was the main downtown cemetery for the Catholic Church for a long, long time," said spokesman Patrick Downes. The last burial there was in the 1940s, he said.

If you look among the gravestones, you'll find the names of many priests, bishops and nuns.

Here's an interesting note. As part of the One Archer Lane building adjacent to the cemetery, there was an agreement between the developer, Myers Corporation, and the church that, in order to build the building as high as it is, the cemetery would be considered part of its open space, Downes said.

"As a result, no one can touch (the cemetery)" he said. "People used to worry that it might be sold for development. But it's preserved in perpetuity."

As part of the agreement, the developer also built a wrought iron fence around the cemetery, Downes said.


Do you have the address or telephone number for the Alana Dung Research Foundation?

Contributions to the Alana Dung Research Foundation can be sent to 1210 Auahi St., Suite 201, Honolulu 96814. Call 591-8293 or fax, 593-2921.

Alana was the little girl suffering from leukemia whose need for a bone marrow donor prompted nearly 31,000 people to register with the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry, almost tripling the number of registrants. Despite having a bone marrow transplant in Seattle, Alana died in October 1997 at the age of 3.

The Alana Dung Research Foundation, established by her family, is a registered 501(c)(3) public foundation. Contributions are 100 percent deductible, said Alana's mother, Adelia Dung.

Monies received are used to further various research efforts.


The public access to Kahala Beach at Elepaio and Kahala, across from the H-1 Freeway sign, is very filthy and smelly because of overflowing trash cans. A lot of people walk through there. I don't think someone is cleaning the area. Can you help?

We had a complaint about the same access way in March 1998. Back then, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Parks and Recreation, which is responsible for maintaining that pathway, said the maintenance supervisor was not aware of the situation.

A contractor was supposed to pick up trash twice a week along that path and six other areas, she said.

We passed on your complaint to parks director William Balfour.


Library not getting rich

Re an item in the Jan. 15 Kokua Line: Stephanie Strickland, head librarian at the Waikiki-Kapahulu Library, wants to point out that her library receives only $750 A YEAR from the after-hours rental of the parking lot for the adjacent Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The rest of the $750 A MONTH rental fee goes to the Hawaii State Library Foundation to support other libraries.



To everyone who came to Hale Pulama Mau-Kuakini Geriatric Care to sing Christmas carols; to the school children who made creative decorations; and to the entertainers who performed at our annual family Christmas luncheon. Mahalo also to the Salvation Army, for annually giving us warm socks to keep our feet cozy and to many others who shared the spirit of Christmas with us. -- Dorothy Suzuki, resident council chairperson on behalf of all the residents

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