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Mo Stuffs

Monday, March 12, 2001


By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Over the years, there's been much speculation about
the pump station building, but no solution.

Pumping station
has no parking

Here, with the last WatDat? for the "old" Honolulu Star-Bulletin, we revisit an old friend who was the subject of our first WatDat?, more than six years and 300-plus roadside mysteries ago. You guessed it Wat Dat?-- the old O.G. Traphagen-designed sewage pump station on Ala Moana Boulevard.

The station is now a century old. It's still handsome but fading, a monument to the glory days of municipal architecture, when city fathers took such pride in their community that even a humble sewage pumping station became a landmark structure.

Over the years, dozens of uses and excuses have been offered up for the striking structure. At one point it was to become headquarters for the Historic Hawaii Foundation, but that went away when the state discovered the structure was on ceded lands. Then, a restaurateur had an option on it, then a musician spun off a plan to turn it into some sort of recording-studio/eatery/bar/mosh pit.

What's happening with it now? The answer, as it was six years ago -- and 60 years ago -- is nothing. Nada. Goose eggs. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.

But the Hawaii Community Development Authority says it has finally figured out why developers stay away. Not enough parking, explained Jan Yokota of the HCDA. "We're currently developing Ilalo Street to extend behind the structure property, parallel to Ala Moana, so that it becomes a more attractive property to developers."

The work is scheduled to be completed around the end of 2002, so don't hold your breath. "Later this year, we might consider new proposals for the site," said Yokota.

Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin

Da Kine


Mission Houses to reopen May 19

The Mission Houses Museum's historic homes is closed for maintenance through May 18.

Tours of The Frame House, the Printing Office and the Chamberlain House are suspended until that date.

But mark your calendars for May 19, when the museum reopens with a celebration of "A Capital Day Down Capitol Way." The museum and other historic sites in the Capitol district will be open free of charge.

Wheel on over

If you love Mustangs, get ready for "Mustang Madness," an all-Ford auto show taking place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at McKenna Windward.

The 9th annual auto show is co-sponsored by the Aloha Mustang & Shelby Club of Hawaii. All Fords -- any year, style and condition -- are welcome, but they must be Ford-powered.

National TV coverage will be provided by Dennis Gage, host of TNN's "My Classic Car," and Ford SVE chief engineer John Coletti will also appear. Admission is free. For information, call Darryl Yamane at 677-6975.

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: CNN news, sports
KQMQ 93.1-FM: The Q, '80s and '90s hits
KQMQ 690-AM: Radio Disney
KGU 760-AM: Talk, news, sports
KHVH 830-AM: News, talk, traffic, weather
KAIM 870-AM / 95.5-FM: Christian radio
KJPN 940-AM: Japanese-language shows
KHBZ 990-AM: Business talk radio
KLHT 1040-AM: Christian radio
KWAI 1080-AM: Talk radio
KZOO 1210-AM: Japanese-language shows
KNDI 1270-AM: Live news from the Philippines; programs 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 rock, 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, public affairs
KKCR 90.9 / 91.9-FM: Hawaiian music, midnight-3 p.m.; and rock, reggae, classical and new age
KIKI 93.9-FM: Contemporary hits
KRTR 96.3-FM: Adult contemporary; news
KPOI 97.5-FM: Modern rock
KDNN 98.5-FM: Contemporary Hawaiian
KORL 99.5-FM: Adult contemporary
STAR 101.9-FM: Modern hits
KKHN 102.7-FM: "Da Bomb" top 40 hits
KXME 104.3-FM: Top 40
KINE 105.1-FM: Hawaiian
LAVA ROCK 105.9-FM: Alternative rock
KGMZ 107.9-FM: Oldies

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