Star-Bulletin Features

Monday, April 16, 2001

Not many people whizzing along the H-3 ever
notice these stainless steel access doors
connecting the two tunnels.

Hard-to-see charms
imbue H-3 tunnel

Whizzing through H-3's never-ending tunnel, there isn't much time to slow down and enjoy the view. Such a shame, since the tunnel engineers thoughtfully provided such delightful tile patterns on the walls, distracting us as they close in, crushing us, inexorably ... can't breathe ... panic ...

Whew. We're out in the windy open. The bizarre apparatus on the walls that zipped by are forgotten as the tunnel recedes in the distance.

But sometimes things happen and tunnels get shut down. An likely accident. An unlikely cave-in. Godzilla gets his tail stuck in the opening. It's always something. Or sometimes it's just routine tunnel maintenance.

The H-3 Pali tunnel is the most tunnel federal highway dollars can buy, which means it's pretty much state of the art. A lot of it isn't visible to the casual commuter. There's another whole access tunnel in between the two traffic tunnels, and these doors lead into it in case folks have no better way to get out of the traffic tunnel.

And, just in case the traffic tunnel is dark, the doors are marked by these emergency beacons jutting out near the stainless-steel doors, the kind of blinky light that alerts Kmart shoppers.

Burl Burlingame

Curious about anything you've seen, heard, tasted or smelled? Write "Watdat" at Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813; or e-mail us at

Name that tow truck

With the stock market largely in a state of retreat, money's hard to get, so Affordable Towing Service Inc.'s has a problem that could mean an easy gain for you.

The company just purchased what its owners believes to be Hawaii's largest tow truck. It's so huge it must have a name befitting its stature,so the company is asking for help naming the truck that is more than 40 feet long, 35 feet high, and able to pick up 100,000 pounds.

The prize for an individual or school class is $500 and Affordable Towing Service will also be giving the winner of the contest a ride over the H-3 freeway and down Kamehameha Highway, through Waimanalo and back to its base yard in Aiea. If the winner if under 18 years old, he or she must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Please send names to: Affordable Towing Service Inc., 98-151 Lipoa Place, Aiea, HI 96701. Entries may also be faxed to 456-4106. Include your name, address and phone number. Only one entry is allowed per person or class. Entries must be received by May 25. A winner will be announced on May 30.

Discounts for teachers

Borders will be celebrating the work of educators by hosting Teacher Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Ward Centre and Waikele locations.

Teachers, librarians, principals, home schoolers and other educators will be able to enjoy discounts on books, music and videos for the classroom and for themselves. Goodie bags will also be available while supplies last.

For more information, call the stores at 597-8528 (Ward) and 671-3206 (Waikele).

Crafting occasion gifts

There are a lot of special occasions coming up, and that means it's time for crafters to get busy on Mom's Day, wedding and graduation projects.

The class list follows. Instruction is free. Prices listed represent cost of materials. Register at Flora Dec, 373 N. Nimitz Highway, or call 537-6194 to reserve your space.

>> Haku Fern

Create a beautiful, long-lasting lei. Created and taught by May Masaki and Coryn Tanaka. Classes 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow and April 22. Fee of $12.95 includes ribbon, needle and thread. Also, learn to make the "Sweet Sonia" haku lei from 10 a.m. to noon April 24. Materials: $33.95.

>> Silk Flower Bridal Bouquet Demo (Part 1)

Cory Ho will give brides-to-be ideas on how to choose the right style that is right for them, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Materials: $10. Part 2 is coming in May.

>> Maile Money Lei

Make a long-lasting maile lei intertwined with money for graduates. Bring $10 to exchange for 10 clean $1 bills. Class runs 10 a.m. to noon Thursday. Materials: $15.95.

>> Firecracker Ribbon Lei

Create graduation leis in the recipients' school colors, 10 a.m. to noon April 23. Fee of $15.95 includes ribbons, beading thread and needles.

>> Bows for Beginners

Learn to make bows to accent gifts, baskets, bags, etc., from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25. Fee of $19.95 includes instructional video, ribbons and accessories.

>> Graduation Fairy

This is a new offering. Students must bring a clean $1 bill to accent the fairy. Class runs 10 a.m. to noon April 26. Materials: $9.99.

>> Mother's Day Message Egg

This special class features Eileen Tokita (a.k.a. The Egg Lady) from Seattle, Wash., who will show you the lost art of making an intricately ornate gifts out of nature's most perfect package, the egg. A truly unique craft for those up to the challenge! Class runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27. Materials: $49.95.

>> Children's Day Fish

Make a celebratory koi for Children's Day, May 5. Runs 10 a.m. to noon April 28. Materials: $5.99.

>> Orchid Ribbon Lei

Another lei for the graduate. Class runs 10 a.m. to noon April 29. Materials: $19.95.

Tiptoe through garden

The Garden Club of America will present a horticulture and flower arranging competition evoking the old radio show "Hawaii Calls," April 27 through 29 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Arrangements will be judged in categories such as "My Little Grass Shack" (miniature landscapes) and "Sweet Leilani" (scented plants). Display hours will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the 27th and 28th, 1 to 5 p.m. on the 29th.

Admission will be free for residents; $7 for non-residents; $4 for non-resident seniors, students and military; free for children under 12.

Do It Electric
Click for online
calendars and events.

Send WatDat? questions, stories
or any other story ideas or comments to:
Features, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, P.O. Box 3080,
Honolulu, HI 96802 or send a fax to 523-8509
or E-mail to
Please include your phone number.

E-mail to Features Editor

Text Site Directory:
[News] [Business] [Features] [Sports] [Editorial] [Do It Electric!]
[Classified Ads] [Search] [Subscribe] [Info] [Letter to Editor]

© 2001 Honolulu Star-Bulletin