Monday, February 12, 2001
By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Power poles frame a large board used to direct
microwave signals from Honolulu to Kahe Point.
He goes on to say he's sure it isn't a drive-in movie screen -- since there's no way to drive in to it! -- and there's at least one more "screen" above Waianae itself.
Mainlanders, of course, would think it was a billboard.
Our first clue is the electrical lines bracketing the object. They lead downhill to the Kahe Point Power Plant. From Honolulu, the view toward the power plant is shielded by the hump of the Waianae mountains dribbling down toward the shore.
Hawaiian Electric, according to their spokes-folks, keeps in touch with the plant via microwave signals. Microwaves are great at that sort of thing, keeping the signal fresh and strong over a distance. Just one problem: microwaves work by line-of-sight. They don't bend around mountains.
So to reach the Kahe Point plant, Hawaiian Electric erected this flat thing in the hills, precisely angled. The microwave signal is squirted out from Honolulu, zips over the south shore of Oahu, slams into the board -- bang! a bank shot! -- and is deflected down into the power plant antennaes.
Movies probably could be shown on the "screen," if you could get up there to do so. Just remember to bring microwave popcorn.
Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin
The finals, airing 11 p.m. Feb. 25 on KGMB/CBS, will decide the grand-prize winner, who will be awarded $25,000.
Another Hawaii man, Mililani's Garry Moore , will perform in the last semi-final round, which airs Sunday. Last month Moore made the cut by singing "Good Golly Miss Molly."
"Mainichi Mono: Everyday Things" include such household items as kezuriki (vegetable grater-slicer), bento bako (lunch boxes), porcelain neck pillows, carpentry tools and hinoshi (charcoal irons).
The exhibit also show the technological and design evolution of such items from manual to electric, metal to plastic.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 945-7633.
Food, games, rides, baked goods, fresh produce, tropical plants, arts and crafts, and other activities for the family will be available.
Call Andrea Hamilton at 734-5058, extension 229 for more information.
On Friday and Saturday, the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies will put on an interactive display near Liberty House to promote the National Engineers Week theme, "Turning Ideas into Reality."
The Queens Heart Institute Health Fair will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at center stage Saturday. The "Healing Health Fair" will offer advice on alternative methods to treat and prevent heart disease.
Kalani High School will promote a Drug Free Awareness Program for children at a booth near Liberty House from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18.
The event is a benefit for the Washington Place Foundation, an organization that hopes to convert the governor's mansion into a museum.
A buffet by Indigo restaurant, shopping with 20 percent discounts at the Galleria's shops and stage performances by Neil Sedaka, Martin Nievera and others will highlight the event.
Tickets for the gala, which will run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., are $250 with all of the money going to the foundation.
For tickets, call Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations at 523-8802.
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