STAR-BULLETIN / 2005
The tunnel leading inside Diamond Head Crater will be closed tomorrow and Thursday for repaving. CLICK FOR LARGE
Crater to close for road repairs
Diamond Head Crater will be closed to the public tomorrow and Thursday while the state repairs the road.
Neither pedestrians nor motorists will be admitted during the two-day closure, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Contractor Hawaii Seal Coating will rebuild and repave the deteriorating lanes and shoulder at the Kahala tunnel entrance to the crater. While the Diamond Head State Monument is closed, state Parks Division crews will paint over graffiti and clear vegetation on the summit trail and do a topographical study for planned work to stabilize and improve the trail.
A traffic contra-flow pattern will allow Hawaii National Guard and state Civil Defense employees access to state offices inside the crater.
The park will reopen Friday. It is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Summer Fun starts next month
Parents may register their kids for the city's 2007 Summer Fun Program May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon, and May 14 and 15 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at more than 60 program sites on Oahu.
The seven-week program will run from June 12 to July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. The largest summer program in the state serves about 10,000 school-age children each year.
Arts and crafts, sports and games, excursions and special events are offered for a $25 registration fee and up to $75 for activities. The registration fee is waived for families receiving state aid with a letter of eligibility.
For information on where the program sites are located, call 973-7250 for East Honolulu (McCully to Hawaii Kai); 522-7072, West Honolulu (Makiki to Halawa); 675-6032, Leeward/Central Oahu; and 233-7304, Windward Oahu.
The city is also seeking about 550 college students to work as Summer Fun aides, with starting pay at $8 an hour. Online applications can be made for student aide II and III positions at www4.honolulu.gov/cityhallonline.
For more information, call Lester Chang, director of Parks and Recreation, at 692-5585.
Hanauma cleanup is Saturday
Friends of Hanauma Bay, a local nonprofit, wants volunteers to help clean Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve this Earth Day, Saturday, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
The organization will sponsor a cleanup of the beach, the park and Kalanianaole Highway from Keahole Street to the Blowhole.
Volunteers should meet at the Hanauma Bay Visitors Center for assignments, gloves, garbage bags and information. Residents should bring their state ID to avoid the beach access fee. For more information call event coordinator Harvey Shapiro at 395-1217. Registration is not required.
Science teachers win Toyota grants
and the National Science Teachers Association
gave $10,000 grants to Valerie DelosSantos-Duarte
of St. Anthony School in Wailuku and Bebi Davis
of Farrington High School. The two were among 50 U.S. teachers to receive the Toyota TAPESTRY grants for excellence and innovation in science education.
Both teachers emphasize the importance of caring for the environment. DelosSantos-Duarte's classes study the relationship between habitats, humans and kolea birds to learn the importance of stewardship. Davis integrates science with real-life experiences through the use of alternative fuel sources to power equipment ranging from radios to laptops.
The Waipahu Community Foundation awarded grants to the Waipahu Public Library, which received $1,325; Waipahu Elementary School, $1,380; Waipahu Community Association, $1,935; Boy Scouts of America, Troop 76, $2,860; and Na Pa'ani Softball, $250.
Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has awarded $2,500 to Junior Achievement of Hawaii to support its business and economics educational programs for kindergarten through 12th grade.
"Shining Stars" runs Mondays through Thursdays.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man dies in crash on Kauai highway
KOLOA, Kauai » A 22-year-old Waimea man died early Sunday morning when another car crossed the center line and crashed into his car.
John Rapozo was heading east on Kaumualii Highway at 4:45 a.m. Sunday when a BMW sedan driven by a 20-year-old Koloa man crossed the center line and hit Rapozo's Honda sedan.
Rapozo died at the scene. The driver of the BMW was transported to Wilcox Hospital, treated and released.
Rapozo is the third traffic fatality on Kauai so far this year.
Tip, raid on house net 2 pot arrests
MOLOAA, Kauai » Kauai police raided a home Friday night and found what they said was a commercial marijuana operation.
Acting on a tip, police executed a search warrant on the Moloaa home and found 50 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, drug paraphernalia and ammunition.
Alan Bertolino, 43, is charged with second-degree commercial production of marijuana, third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and third-degree prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Kauai Police Department cellblock in lieu of $6,050 bail.
David Rojeck, 42, was charged with third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug. He was booked and released on Friday night.