By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, June 20, 1998

And now . . .
heerrre’s MO!

The USS Missouri will strut its stuff
off Oahu Sunday. Here's the full
schedule of events:


How to view the Mighty Mo, starting off the east shore of Oahu:

Bullet 6-7 a.m.: 8 miles east of Kailua Bay, Kaneohe Bay and Waimanalo. Try for high vantage point.

Bullet 8 a.m.: 8 miles east of Makapuu Point. High view point advised.

Bullet 9 a.m.: 5 miles southeast of Makapuu Point. Try for elevated viewing area.

Bullet 10 a.m.: 3 miles southeast of area between Makapuu Point and Hanauma Bay.

Bullet 10:30 a.m.: 1.8 miles south of Koko Head.

Bullet 11 a.m.: 3 miles south of Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai.

Bullet Noon: 1.5 miles off Diamond Head. (Closest point to land).

Bullet Noon-3 p.m.: The Missouri will make a slow pass off Waikiki.

Bullet 3 p.m.: 2 miles off Kewalo Basin, heading east toward Diamond Head.

Bullet 4 p.m.: 2 miles off Magic Island.

Bullet 4-7:15 p.m.: Slow pass 2 miles off Waikiki, then loops back toward Magic Island.

Bullet 7:15 p.m.: 2 miles off Magic Island.

Bullet 7:45 p.m.: 2 miles off Waikiki; aerial fireworks show.

Elks activities:

Bullet The Honolulu Elks Lodge on Waikiki Beach at 2933 Kalakaua Ave. will open its doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Magic Island program:

Bullet The "Aloha Mighty Mo" Father's Day bash begins at 2:45 p.m. tomorrow on the Diamond Head end of Magic Island with a Chinese dragon dance and 100,000 firecrackers. Program highlights include:

Bullet 3 p.m.: Presentation of colors; "Star-Spangled Banner" by Henry Kapono; "Hawaii Pono'i" by Nina Kealiiwahamana.

Bullet 3:15 p.m.: Remarks by Gov. Ben Cayetano and Mayor Jeremy Harris.

Bullet 3:40 p.m.: Conch-shell blowers announce arrival of USS Missouri led by fire department's fireboat.

Bullet 4 p.m.: Hawaii Air National Guard F-15 fighter jet flyover.

Bullet 4:15-7:15 p.m.: Entertainment.

Bullet 7:30 p.m.: Helicopter flower drop over Magic Island.

Bullet 7:45 p.m.: Fireworks show.


Bullet Free parking: Parking will be available near Ala Moana Park at the Hawai'i Convention Center at Atkinson and Kapiolani boulevards. There are 650 stalls there.

Bullet More city buses/parking: The city plans to increase the number of buses that stop in the vicinity of Ala Shopping Center and Ala Moana Park. It also will make 300 parking spaces available at its Alapai Street lot and another 300 parking spaces in the Municipal Building.

Bullet Boating safety: Boaters planning to greet the Missouri are warned that the Coast Guard will be enforcing a 250-yard safety zone around the battleship and the tug boat.


From ball caps to videos to aloha shirts, Mighty Mo memorabilia will be on sale tomorrow at Magic Island.

The USS Missouri Memorial Association also will be passing out information on how to become a memorial sponsor with donations being accepted.

Items being sold include:

Bullet Three styles of USS Missouri ball caps: $15 and $20
Bullet Jacket patches: $5
Bullet Two styles of key rings: $3 and $6
Bullet T-shirts: $20
Bullet Polo shirts: $35
Bullet Three-volume video set: $40
Bullet "Battleship Aloha" shirts: $40


The schedule at Pearl Harbor:

Bullet 7:30 a.m.: Harbor pilot and line handlers will board the USS Missouri 4 miles outside of Pearl Harbor. Four assist tugs from Hawaiian Tug and Barge will take up position next to the battleship.

Bullet 8 a.m.: Sea Victory, towing the Missouri, will reach channel entrance to Pearl Harbor.

Bullet 8:20 a.m.: Conch-shell blowers to announce the Missouri's arrival at Pearl Harbor.

Bullet 9:15 a.m.: Missouri reaches Pier Foxtrot 5.

Viewing tips:

Bullet Ford Island bridge will be open to the public from 7 a.m., and the prime viewing spot will be the seaplane ramps.

Bullet Ford Island airfield will be closed to civilian traffic from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and no commercial or private aircraft will be allowed to fly over Pearl Harbor below 1,000 feet.


Engine explodes on flight bound for Hawaii from Guam

AGANA, Guam -- One of a jumbo jet's four engines exploded shortly after the plane took off Saturday morning for Honolulu, forcing the pilot to dump fuel and return to the airport.

None of the 423 passengers aboard Continental Micronesia Flight 002 was injured, officials said. The cause of the explosion was being investigated, said Wally Dias, the airline's vice president of marketing.

The passengers were put on another plane, which left Agana's airport for Honolulu about four hours later today (yesterday, Hawaii time). The flight arrived in Honolulu at 9:45 p.m. last night.

Felix Taitano was at an outdoor flea market when he heard the explosion, looked up and saw smoke and flames coming from the engine. Taitano said he feared the plane was going to crash.

Airport spokesman Andrew Murphy said the pilot of the Boeing 747 circled the island and dumped fuel, then landed safely.

Passenger Lionel Baza, 30, called relatives after the plane returned to tell them he was all right.

"He was real scared and was gripping the arms of his seat all the way back," said Baza's father, Juan Baza. "He was wondering if they were going to make it."

A news report said the engine exploded, but Continental spokesman David Messing said aviation professionals would call it a "contained failure."

He said the outer casing of the engine is designed to stay in place during an engine failure, which it did in this case. He also added that the Boeing 747 can fly with the three remaining engines but was landed because of safety procedures.

Irradiation opponents collect 10,000 signatures

HILO -- Parents Against Irradiation, which is opposed to commercial food irradiation, has filed a 10,000-signature petition with Hawaii County seeking to ban the process on the Big Island.

Opponents say an irradiator would pose a danger to the community, and irradiated foods would suffer chemical changes, which would make them dangerous to eat.

Many experts deny those claims, including the American Council on Science and Health, a New York-based group of doctors and scientists which issued a statement yesterday.

"Extremist organizations have tried repeatedly to inflame public fears, both of irradiation itself and of irradiation facilities, but the claims of these misguided zealots are, quite simply, untrue," the council said.

Parents Against Irradiation, based in Hilo, is headed by Naomi Cohen, wife of physician Mark Cohen. The group dedicated Friday's petition action to the late Dr. Susan Gilbert, who helped lead the organization.

Hawaii County has an ordinance which bans most nuclear

Last banana plants in Kilauea to be destroyed to eradicate virus

KILAUEA, Kauai -- State agriculture officials have obtained a court order to destroy the last of the banana trees in Kilauea in hopes of eradicating the destructive banana bunchy-top virus found in the area last fall.

A commercial banana farmer and a Kilauea resident were resisting the state's eradication effort.

About 400 residents cooperated and allowed state workers to inject a lethal herbicide into more than 21,000 banana plants in the town of Kilauea, said department spokeswoman Ann Takiguchi.

Banana farmer Sherwood Conant said he resisted the state's plan because bananas are his sole source of income and he wasn't offered any compensation to offset his losses, which he estimates at $40,000 a year.

Conant also said he doesn't believe the eradication will stop the spread of the virus because he had sold more than 500 young banana plants to others outside the quarantine area from a field that agriculture officials claimed was at least 30 percent infested.

Conant said he provided the names of those he sold the plants to, but when he called the buyers, he was told their plants hadn't been checked.

Takiguchi disputes that, saying officials traced and tested all plants sold outside the quarantine area.

Wright Homes to have police substation

Mayor Wright Homes will be the site of a small police substation which will focus on community policing in the five public-housing projects in Kalihi-Palama.

It also will be the scene of building repairs and a community gardening effort to be started this summer under the leadership of VISTA volunteers.

The plans for changes were to be unveiled today at a neighborhood barbecue party at Mayor Wright, which has been the scene of violence including gang fights and a New Year's Day fatal shooting by a police officer.

Federal Housing and Urban Development funding will be used to establish Community House, a base for community-policing officers and a center to organize resident patrols.

"The idea is to make the police a positive presence," said Hawaii Housing Authority spokeswoman Amalia Bueno.

"HUD recognizes the need to sustain community activities and resident programs. We've been going that way on safety and security issues."

School fire-code violations plummet in last five years

Five years after a program to inspect public schools for fire-code violations began, the number of violations continues to drop.

For the 1997-98 school year, 91 percent of 233 schools that underwent inspections passed with no violations, down from 95 percent last year, said schools Superintendent Herman Aizawa.

But the total number of violations has plummeted.

When the inspections began in 1992-93, schools were slapped with 1,783 violations. This past school year, a total of 54 violations at 18 schools were recorded.

Any violation constitutes failure.

The continuing improvement can be attributed to collaborative efforts by the Department of Education, county fire departments, Department of Accounting and General Services and the Statewide Fire Council, Aizawa said.

Gov approves layoffs of 40 state workers

Gov. Ben Cayetano has signed the state's supplemental budget that lays off 40 full-time workers.

Another 162 permanent positions which are vacant also are eliminated.

State Deputy Budget Director Neal Miyahira said Friday that the state employees to be laid off during the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, include two Agriculture Department workers, two clerical staffers in the attorney general's office, a clerk-typist in the Department of Defense, eight professional and clerical staffers in the Health Department, a clerk-typist in the Labor Department, and four in the aquaculture program.

Sixteen positions in the state public broadcasting program and six in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Commission program also are on the chopping block.

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