Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Friday, November 28, 1997


Visiting Kahala Elementary
at night? Take a flashlight

Why can't they put on the lights in the park behind Kahala Elementary School? Recently, there was a function in the school cafeteria and afterward, someone fell in the parking lot because there were no lights. For safety reasons, the lights should be on at least when there are school functions.

The school was not alloted enough money to cover its electricity bills for the entire year, so that's why the school isn't able to turn on the lights for school events, said Kahala Principal Susan Yoshinaka.

"We cannot take money from other kinds of funds" to pay for electricity, she said.

"We don't want to have to do without books."

However, she added, "We certainly don't want people falling and getting hurt."

That's why people attending school functions have been warned to bring flashlights, she said. Outside groups using the school's facilities are also told to inform people attending their functions to bring flashlights, Yoshinaka said.

The good news is that, "We have recently been informed that we will be given an additional allocation," she said. "So we can look into" turning on the lights during school functions.

On the Ala Wai Canal, between Paoakalani and Kaiulani avenues, there are plumeria trees that are growing really nicely. But on my walks, I've noticed white flies are starting to infest under the leaves. Whose responsibility is it to maintain the trees? Maybe somebody can do something before the flies destroy the trees.

The plumeria trees were planted in response to a request from the mayor, said Patti Nagao, spokeswoman for the city Department of Parks and Recreation. The trees fall under the department's jurisdiction.

"According to our beautification division, white flies and scale insects are common to plumeria and, normally, they do not present a problem to the plant," she said.

"Although the likelihood of the white flies destroying the trees is remote, we will monitor the situation regularly."

Here's a tip: An effective way to deal with white flies is to "literally bathe the plant with soapy water or just plain water," Nagao said. "We will do the latter from time to time to control the insect growth as the situation warrants."

Do you have a list of the Loyal Order of Moose Clubs on Oahu? A nice favor was extended to me by someone associated with the clubs.

The only thing we found, on the Internet, was the Loyal Order of Moose Hilo Lodge 2379, 161 Banyan Drive, Hilo 96720-4660.

The phone number was 935-0599, but no one answered repeated calls. If anyone has a local contact, call Kokua Line at 525-8636.

Used cellular phones

Free to any non-profit group. Call Kokua Line, 525-8636. First come, first served.

Mahalo

To all the nice men at Hawaiian Rent-All who helped when my car overheated on Halloween. I pulled in the company's lot just as they were closing, but they allowed me to make several calls to get picked up and my car tended to. -- Alice Tucker

Auwe

To the person in a sports utility vehicle who rear-ended me a little past midnight Oct. 23 on the H-1 viaduct by Honolulu Airport, then sped away. You hit my car so hard, the rear-view mirror popped out. Thank you to Jean, a witness, who gave a statement to police. -- C.G.

Auwe

To the city worker wearing what looked like an American flag on his head at Keeaumoku/Makiki streets the day after Veteran's Day. Disgraceful!





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