Wailupe road repair delays traffic
Traffic backed up on Kalanianaole Highway between Wailupe and Hawaii Kai yesterday morning as Board of Water Supply crews patched the road where a water main broke Thursday night.
Water was restored by Friday morning, but the rain delayed workers from completing the repair near the Wailupe fire station until noon yesterday, officials said.
Plants at graves OK after Dec. 20
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl is allowing visitors to place floral items, potted plants and artificial flowers at grave sites from Dec. 20 through Jan. 2.
Any flowers, plants or artificial flowers placed before Dec. 20 will be removed.
Artificial decorations and metal hooks used to secure decorations, such as Christmas trees of any size; glass objects, and other commemorative items are prohibited for the safety of the public and maintenance staff, according to Director Gene Castagnetti.
While staff is cutting the grass, glass or metal objects that are struck "create kind of a flying missile" that can injure, he said.
Loo becomes HPU's new trustee
Violet Loo, wife of the late Paul Loo, has been elected as a new trustee of Hawaii Pacific University, HPU said in a news release.
The Loo family has long supported HPU, ever since Paul Loo joined with Honolulu community leaders to create Hawaii Pacific College in 1965.
Together with her late husband, the Association of Fundraising Professionals recently named Violet Loo the 2007 Outstanding Philanthropist.
Hawaii Pacific University is the state's largest private university with more than 8,000 students.
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Friends, firefighters aid swimmer
Firefighters airlifted a man who got into trouble while swimming in an area called Spitting Cave in Hawaii Kai, a fire department spokesman said.
Two of the men's friends went to his rescue at about 5 p.m., and were able to reach a ledge at the edge of the water.
"It's kind of rough out there," said Honolulu Fire Capt. Robert Main. "But they were able to get out. One was too tired to climb to the top."
The man in trouble was airlifted to Koko Kai Beach Park and transferred to paramedics at 6 p.m.
His condition was unknown.