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Monday, January 17, 2000


By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
The cone-shaped object perched on a pole at a
Kamakee Street corner is a Civil Defense siren.

Defense sirens
due for an update

"THERE IS A FUNNY-LOOKING old thing on top of a pole on Kamakee Street (Ewa side) near the corner of Kapiolani (makai side)," writes Nancy Little of Honolulu. "It is metal, with a peaked round roof, and looks as if it has been there for a very long time. What the heck?"

We rushed right out to confirm Little's observation, and by golly, it's true. There really is a funny-looking old thing atop a pole at Kamakee and Kapiolani. On closer inspection, it certainly appears to have been there for a while.

Oh. You want more?

Your first and last clue: Try standing next to the pole at 11:45 a.m. on the first working day of the month. Wear ear plugs. Yes, it's a civil-defense siren.

According to George Burnett, telecommunications director at Oahu Civil Defense, the siren is active. "I think that particular siren was out of service for a while, but it's back on line," said Burnett. It's activated by radio signals on the VHF frequency.

Somewhere down the line, OCD plans to convert these sirens to the "800-megahertz trunk radio system," which is apparently a good thing. According to Burnett, that will help standardize emergency frequencies while also allowing multiple signals. "Kind of like the cell-phone system," said Burnett.

Burl Burlingame

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Concert to open Legislature

The Small Business Economic Revival Force is hosting a free concert Wednesday to coincide with opening day at the Legislature.

Featured at the Diamond Head end of Auahi Street (formerly the KHON studio) between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. will be Kapena, the Piranha Brothers and others. Free pupu will also be available.

In exchange for being entertained, the SBER hopes the public will help in urging legislators to turn the economy around.


Love songs for St. Valentine

The Hawaii Chamber Orchestra Society will present the music of the Renaissance period Feb. 12 in a tribute to St. Valentine.

Love songs and dances will be performed on such exotic instruments as the recorder; the viola da gamba, an ancestor of the modern cello; the shawn, a predecessor of the modern oboe; and the krummhorn, a curved horn with a buzzy, muted tone.

The program starts at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Hawai'i's Orvis Auditorium. Featured will be the Europa Early Music Consort, the Orion Early Music Consort, the Skylark Recorder Ensemble, sopranos Phyllis Haines and Lina Jeong Doo and guitarist Jeff Peterson.

Tickets are $10 general and $5 for students. For information and reservations, call Jackie Ward at 734-0397.


Radio Log

KONG 570-AM / 93.5 FM: Adult contemporary rock with some Hawaiian music
KSSK 590-AM / 92.3-FM: Adult contemporary music
KHNR 650-AM: All news
KQMQ 93.1-FM: Contemporary hit radio
KQMQ 690-AM: Radio Disney
KGU 760-AM: Sports radio
KHVH 830-AM: News, talk, traffic, weather
KAIM 870-AM / 95.5-FM: Christian music and teaching
KJPN 940-AM: Japanese-language news, adult contemporary music and talk shows
KIKI 990-AM / 93.9-FM: Contemporary country AM; contemporary hits FM
KLHT 1040-AM: Christian radio
KWAI 1080-AM: Talk radio
KZOO 1210-AM: Japanese-language, broadcasts from Japan
KNDI 1270-AM: Live news and programs from the Philippines, in 10 languages
KIFO 1380-AM: News, public affairs
KCCN 1420-AM / 100.3-FM: All talk / UH sports AM; contemporary island hits, FM
KUMU 1500-AM / 94.7-FM: Adult standards, AM; light favorites, FM
KHPR 88.1-FM: Classical, news, public affairs
KIPO 89.3-FM: Jazz, classical, news
KTUH 90.3-FM: Jazz, blues, Hawaiian, rock, country and alternative
KKUA 90.7-FM: Classical, news and public affairs
KKCR 90.9 / 91.9-FM: Hawaiian music, midnight-3 p.m.; and rock, reggae, classical and new age
KRTR 96.3-FM: Adult contemporary music and news
KPOI 97.5-FM: Modern rock
KKLV 98.5-FM: Contemporary Hawaiian
KORL 99.5-FM: Adult contemporary
STAR 101.9-FM: Modern hits
KKHN 102.7-FM: Country
KXME 104.3-FM: Top 40
KINE 105.1-FM: Hawaiian
KGMZ 107.9-FM: Oldies

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