Major Manoa roadwork to begin
Manoa residents are advised of a major rehabilitation of streets between Lowrey Avenue and Kahaloa Drive starting after tomorrow, a city news release said.
The $3.55 million project includes reconstruction of weak roads and resurfacing. Crews will also reconstruct curbs and gutters, install sub-drains, trim trees and lay down pavement markings and vehicle loop detectors.
Work will be done from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Specific locations of the project include:
» Kalawao Place from Kalawao Street to end.
» Kalawao Street from Kahaloa Drive to the makai end.
» Kalehua Street from Kahaloa Drive to end.
» Kaloaluiki Place from Kaloaluiki Street to end.
» Kaloaluiki Street from Lowrey Avenue.
» Kanu Street from Lowrey Avenue to Loi Street.
» Loi Street from East Manoa Road to Woodlawn Drive.
» Kahawai Street from Lowrey Avenue to Huapala Street.
» Woodlawn Drive from Lowrey Avenue to Kahaloa Drive.
» Lowrey Avenue from Woodlawn Drive to Kalawao Street.
» Kaaipu Avenue from Oahu Avenue to end.
» Loomis Street from mauka end to makai end.
» Lowrey Avenue from Oahu Avenue to Woodlawn Drive.
» Vista Place from Lowrey Avenue to end.
Exhibit highlights African culture
Artwork and cultural displays highlight African contributions to Hawaii and the world at the Black History Month Education Exhibition at Honolulu Hale through Feb. 28.
The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the courtyard of City Hall.
The show is supported by the African American Diversity Cultural Center and the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts. For more information, call the center at 597-1341.
Donate blood and get ice cream
People who donate blood today at a Blood Bank of Hawaii blood drive will receive a coupon for a free pint of ice cream from Baskin-Robbins Hawaii. The coupon is redeemable for any ice cream flavor at all Baskin-Robbins Hawaii locations.
The following are the blood drive locations and times:
» Dillingham Donor Center: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
» Town Center of Mililani, Consolidated Theaters: 8 a.m. to noon
» Kaimuki at the corner of 11th and Harding avenues: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
» Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donors must be 18 years old or older, be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors are required to bring a valid photo ID.
For more information about blood donation or to make an appointment, call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 845-9966 or visit www.bbh.org.
$1.25 million goes to park repairs
HILO » The rustic seaside MacKenzie State Park in the Big Island's Puna district will receive new restrooms with the release of $1.25 million, Gov. Linda Lingle announced.
The current restrooms are more than 40 years old, and sewage disposal consists of a cesspool, Lingle said. That will be replaced by a composting treatment system.
The park currently has no paved walkways. Creation of paved pathways will make the restrooms wheelchair-accessible, Lingle said.
Design work will be completed by the end of the year, and construction will be complete in October 2010.
Police, Fire, Courts
Boy critically hurt in mo-ped crash
A 16-year-old Kalihi boy was in critical condition after crashing on a stolen mo-ped, police said.
At about 9 Saturday night, the boy lost control of a 1998 yellow-and-black mo-ped while traveling mauka on Pahounui Drive, near Sand Island Access Road.
Police said he veered right, struck the curb and was ejected from the mo-ped.
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. The mo-ped was reported stolen in February 2007, police said.
Petroleum fire hits Tesoro refinery
A petroleum fire broke out at the Tesoro refinery during an electrical failure that shut down fuel production for hours this weekend, a Tesoro spokesman said yesterday.
At about 10 p.m. Saturday, the power suddenly went out at the Campbell Industrial Park refinery. Thirty minutes later a fire started within a processing unit. The fire was not visible outside the processor, officials said.
About 15 company firefighters assisted the Honolulu Fire Department and extinguished the fire within an hour, Tesoro spokesman Nathan Hokama said.
By 4 p.m. yesterday, most of the dozen or so processors at the refinery were back online.
"It was a temporary shutdown," said Hokama. "We don't anticipate any supply issues."
Investigators are looking into the cause of the power failure, the source of the fire and an estimate for damage.
The 24-hour refinery makes gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, bunker fuel and fuel oil for electrical utilities.
2 store workers allegedly steal TVs
Police arrested two store employees for allegedly stealing two flat-screen TVs last week from a Waipahu store.
A 19-year-old man and a 23-year-old man allegedly stole the televisions by removing them from the store through a receiving door, police said.
The two men were confronted at one of their homes and confessed to the crime, police said.
Police were called, and the suspects were arrested for suspicion of second-degree theft.
Woman dies after motorcycle crash
A 51-year-old woman died yesterday after a motorcycle accident in northern Hilo.
Police identified the woman as Vicki Lynn Crowley of Draper, Utah.
Shortly before 11 a.m., Crowley was driving a 1991 Harley-Davidson north on Hawaii Belt Road near the top of the Hamakua end of Kaawalii Gulch when she hit a sandbag on the roadway, lost control and struck a wall, police said. She was not wearing a helmet.
She died later at Hilo Medical Center.