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November 7, 2005

Press Release

Healthy Hawaii Coalition (HHC) announced today that they’ll be teaming up with members of the Honolulu Fire Department – Kaneohe Fire Station to repaint the Omega Building, a favorite target of graffiti “taggers” in Haiku Valley, Kaneohe.

Volunteers will meet at 9:00 on Monday morning, November 7, at the gate on Haiku Road and will drive back in the valley to the Omega Building.

Mike Gabbard, HHC’s founder and president, said “We’ve gotten many calls from H3 commuters on their way to Pearl Harbor and West Oahu complaining about how the pristine, spectacular view of the mountains just before the tunnel has been ruined by punk taggers who feel pride in seeing their names plastered all over the Omega Building. We thought this would be a simple way of giving back to the community and restoring the view of the gorgeous natural landscape.”

The Omega Building has become a favorite target for graffiti taggers because of its prominent location off of H3. The building was used by the U.S. Coast Guard to house radio equipment, but since the arrival of new satellite technology it has no longer been needed. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands now owns the building.