Star-Bulletin Features


The Works Progress Administration left
its mark on Honolulu sidewalks.


WPA kept busy with
old-time Honolulu
public projects

Burl Burlingame
Eagle-eyed ex-Star-Bulletin reporter Lyle Nelson was apparently watching the sidewalk in Ala Moana Park -- trying not to trip over his own shadow -- and noticed that virtually every square of concrete featured the letters "WPA" and the year "1939."

Now Lyle is of a certain age, let's say. He's old enough so that the letters WPA actually mean something, and the date confirms them.

The Works Progress Administration was part of President Roosevelt's New Deal program. Its philosophy was to put unemployed Americans back to work on projects benefiting the community instead of simply giving them handouts. The WPA package was approved by Congress on April 8, 1935, and lasted until 1943.

The WPA eventually employed more than 8.5 million people on more than 1.4 million public projects, including photographing farmers, building bridges, recording ethnic music, and ... building sidewalks in a Honolulu park.

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The "14th Annual Makaha Bash Y2K1" airs at 7 p.m.
tomorrow on KFVE. The show, taped at the Waikiki
Shell, has performances by Ale'a, Colón, Three Plus,
Roy Sakuma's Ukulele Kids, Amy Gilliom, Robi
Kahakalau, Darlene Ahuna, Chinky Mahoe's Halau
Hula O Kawaili'ula, Dennis Pavao, Rocky Brown,
Jerry Santos, Cyril Pahinui and, of course, the
Makaha Sons, above. From left, Louis "Moon"
Kauakahi, and John and Jerome Koko.

Your pet can be a pin-up

July 31 is the deadline to enter your pet's photo in the 2002 Pet Pin-up Calendar. Prints should be horizontal, measuring 6-by-4 inches or smaller, and contain only pets (no people). For a $15 donation, your pet's photo will be included in the Hawaiian Humane Society's calendar. Fourteen photos will become full-page features; other photos will be featured in the Best Friends Collage. Send entries to: Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96826. Call 946-2187 Ext. 370.

Here are 10 tips for taking a great pet, or any other photo:

>> Use high-speed film, such as ASA 400 or 800. This will give you a larger depth-of-field so more of your picture will be in focus.

>> Get up close. If you think that the shot looks good taken at 10 feet, it will look better at 5 feet.

>> Use your flash even when taking pictures outdoors during the day.

>> Get down to your pet's level, even if it means kneeling on your knees to get close.

>> When taking shots of dogs, get below their eye level. Look up at them. Shots taken looking up give your dog a regal look.

>> Most dogs look better with their tongues in their mouth, not sticking out.

>> Try profile shots or shots taken at an angle. The pet doesn't need to be looking straight into the camera.

>> Keep the background simple or as plain as possible to avoid a cluttered look

>> Capture your pet's personality. Get him to do things that are natural to his personality.

>> Pick a time when your pet is cooperative. You will lessen your and his frustrations when he is in a good mood.

PIC seeks programming

The Pacific Islanders in Communications' Media Fund 2001 is looking for programs focusing on Pacific Islander issues for national public television.

Documentary, performance, dramatic, narrative, animation, children's or cultural affairs programming are welcome.

Receive up to $50,000 for production and post-production. Research and development and scripting phases may receive up to $15,000. Applications are due Aug. 3.

Applications and guidelines are available online at Call Gus Cobb-Adams at 591-0059 or

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