Hall of fame for surfers has been beached
Could you please advise if there is actually a Surfing Hall of Fame on Kauai? The telephone company can't locate it.
Answer: The International Surfing Hall of Fame was touted as "the largest surf museum in the U.S." when it opened in 2004 in the Anchor Cove Shopping Center on Kauai.
A June 8, 2004, Star-Bulletin story said the museum boasted "hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of surfing memorabilia, including surfboards, vintage surf patches and stickers, artwork and original work by surf photographer Denjiro Sato."
A press release at the time said it was expected to draw up to 250,000 visitors a year.
But, it wasn't open for long and has quietly closed its doors.
"It hasn't been there for a while," an employee of Anchor Cove owner Richard Jasper told us last week.
There supposedly was a lease dispute, but we weren't able to confirm that or find out whether the museum might relocate elsewhere in Hawaii.
We checked with the Kauai Visitors Bureau and was told it did not have any information about the museum or its owners, Lee and Patricia Williams.
If anyone knows what happened to the museum, please call us at 529-4773 and we'll do a follow-up.
Q: Is there an overnight or weeklong camp here on the island for overweight children (ages 7-17)?
A: Kamaaina Kids, in consultation with Kaiser Permanente, is putting together such a camp for children ages 9 to 13 at Camp Timberline this summer.
Tentatively, it would be for three weeks in July.
Other than that, there does not appear to be a camp for overweight children on Oahu.
Details, including cost, are still being worked on, said Greg Harris, who is the consultant for Kamaaina Kids on the planned camp.
Kaiser staff would provide "hands-on" medical guidance, but "to what extent, we haven't really worked out the program yet," he said.
But the guidance would include advice on diet and nutrition, setting the parameters as to who would qualify for the camp, etc.
The camp -- to be called Camp Ulu Pono (which translates to "well-being" or "thrive") -- would be open to the public.
The goal is to have at least 60 children, Harris said.
Once details have been finalized, you can contact Kamaaina Kids for information. Kaiser members also will be notified, Harris said.
Q: We have gift certificates with (fill in the blank), but the restaurant is now closed. What should we do?
A: We periodically receive questions like this and got calls again after the recent closing of Columbia Inn on Waialae Avenue and L'Uraku on Kapiolani Boulevard.
The state Office of Consumer Protection advises customers stuck with gift certificates to file a complaint. Call 587-3222 or go online at www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp.
Got a question or complaint?
Call 529-4773, fax 529-4750, or write to Kokua Line, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210, Honolulu 96813. As many as possible will be answered. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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