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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Saturday, January 15, 2000

Contracting dispute
delays Makiki pool

Question: What's the snag in building a swimming pool at Makiki District Park? After they announced last year they were going to build a pool there, they put up a black cloth. But when the new year started, the cloth was ripped off and nothing has been done. I was looking forward to swimming there this summer.

Answer: The snag is in the bidding process for the contract to build the pool, said Jim Nakasone, the city's acting chief of facilities design and engineering.

The project went out to bid last month, but a contractor is protesting some of the conditions and specifications set by the city, Nakasone said.

City officials now are reviewing the protest. Pending resolution of that protest, construction of the 25-yard pool is on hold, Nakasone said.

However, the rest of the $3.5 million project to upgrade Makiki Park is on track, he said.

It looks like no one is working, but electricians have been laying lines and conduits. Nothing could be done until those were laid, but the general contractor is scheduled to start work again Tuesday, Nakasone said.

Q: Whatever happened to the annual First Hawaiian Bank Auto Show? It wasn't held last year.

A: Actually, it was held last year -- in January at the Blaisdell Center -- and will be held April 7-9 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

This year, the First Hawaiian Bank International Auto Show will rise to the level of "a manufacturer-supported show," said David Rolf, executive director of the Hawaii Automobile Dealers' Association.

The show will be produced by Liberty Productions, a division of Motor Trend magazine, which already stages 17 major auto shows across the country, he said.

This is the first year that HADA is working with First Hawaiian in making the show possible.


To the Chart House restaurant in Waikiki and to Gerry, a bartender, for their caring, compassion and generosity. The restaurant hosted the Autistic Children's Team Tea Party with Santa in December and Gerry played Santa. The restaurant went all out to provide an atmosphere that was comfortable and not overly stimulating for the autistic. Later, I received a very generous check from Gerry, who was so touched by the whole event and the appeal of the autistic children that he wanted to share in their Christmas. He asked me to purchase gifts for every autistic child and sibling who had attended the party. He didn't want any fuss or credit and wanted the gifts to be "From Santa." Their kind of community involvement and spirit of giving are not limited to the holiday season. -- Kathy Sano


To the individual who lets his or her dog loose on Mooheau Avenue. Please have more consideration for your neighbors. Your dog left his poop twice in my yard Christmas week and that was not the first time. I'm sure you wouldn't want this to happen to you. -- No name


To the kind lady who found my lost earrings in the Ala Moana Liberty House on Friday, Dec. 10, and turned it into their lost and found office. The earrings were very special because they were a gift from my daughter. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and honesty. -- Patti

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