Great story on the efforts of KoAloha ‘Ukuleles to the redevelopment of Kapalama [“KoAloha ‘Ukuleles,” May 23]. They justly deserve high praise for their efforts. KoAloha ‘Ukuleles, however, will not lead to “Kalihi’s redemption.” They are in the center of Kapalama, on the Ewa side of the Kapalama Canal and mauka of the Kapalama Shopping Center. Bishop Museum, too, is part of Kapalama, not Kalihi. Kalihi, literally “the edge,” starts at Kalihi Street and stretches in the Ewa direction. Kapalama Elementary School sits on the Diamond Head-makai corner of Kalihi and School streets. And though Place Names of Hawaii locates Kalani Street in Kalihi-Kai, when the properties were consolidated to build the massive warehouse project now partly occupied by Lion Coffee, the application clearly noted Kapalama as its location. Maybe a better headline would have been One Day in Kalihi and Kapalama. Tamashiro’s? Yes, that’s in Kapalama, too.

Ralph Kam

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