Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Tuesday, June 29, 1999

Housing being built
behind Roosevelt

Question: Why is all that grading being done on the hill behind Roosevelt High School?

Answer: The land is being prepared for the $25 million, 87-unit Kalawahine Streamside housing development for native Hawaiians.

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands project will be built on 26.5 acres of Hawaiian homelands on the slopes of Kalawahine Valley, between Papakolea and Roosevelt High School.

Site work began in April, and construction of the first homes should begin in September, said Louis Kau, president of Kamehameha Investment Corp., the developer. Construction is expected to take 17 months.

People interested in buying one of the 33 single-family units or 54 duplexes need to be on DHHL's list of qualified buyers, Kau said. That means having the necessary percentage of Hawaiian blood and being able to qualify for a mortgage loan. Selling price will be $185,000 to $226,000, Kau said.

DHHL is providing $7 million for infrastructure and site work.

Interested buyers should call Kamehameha Investment Corp., 521-1408, or James Kometani Realtors, 591-8166, Kau said.

Q: About 9:15 a.m. on June 11, we were on the eighth hole of the Kalakaua Golf Course at Schofield Barracks. As we waited for the foursome before us to complete their putting, a groundskeeper covered the ground between the tee box and the green with foam strips in many rows. Then, he proceeded to spray the ground with a fine mist from a machine with many spigots. The smell was so strong, we had to cover our noses. As I waited for my cart partner to hit her ball, I could feel the spray as the groundskeeper passed within 10 feet of me. He kept working his way, back and forth in rows, till he covered all the foam strips. On the next hole, I asked another worker what was being sprayed. His exact words were, "That is weed killer, and he should not have been doing that." Are there guidelines as to when and where this type of insecticide can be used when the course is occupied? Common sense and good judgment were absent.

A: The groundskeeper was counseled for not following proper procedures, said Mike Iyoki, director of golf for the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii. He apologized for "the unfortunate incident."

The employee was retrained on proper procedures, Iyoki said. Also, to make sure this doesn't happen again, all golf course employees were to receive additional training.

"U.S. Army Golf Courses, Hawaii welcomes feedback from our valued customers," Iyoki said. "Complaints are taken seriously and investigated promptly."


I was headed to work on the Pali Highway on a Monday morning at 6 a.m, when my tire blew just before Castle Junction. I managed to pull out of harm's way and started to change my tire using a jack about which I had no clue. Then a red Jeep pulled in front and out popped Mark Gonsalves, a guard from the women's prison. He changed my tire in no time, and I was off to a good start of the workweek with the gift of aloha. -- Jack Sullivan


To the person who scratched a red-and-silver SUV on May 26. What goes around comes around. -- Heartbroken graduate

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