A6 NEWS HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN / SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2008 UH has big building plans maintenance spending. New construction CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT The university hopes to in- and maintenance are University of Hawaii’s proposed capital crease its spending by $36 mil- improvement budget lion next year above its current part of a two-year, Fiscal year $728 million general fund operat- $614 million request 2009-10 2010-11 ing budget. Repair and maintenance $168 million $109 million Yet to be determined is how By Craig Gima much a new contract with fac- email@example.com New buildings $133 million $189 million ulty will cost the university. The Other improvements $13 million $2 million University of Hawaii Profes- MIKE BURLEY / MBURLEY@STARBULLETIN.COM The University of Hawaii is Total $314 million $300 million sional Assembly, the state and hoping to provide a boost to the STAR-BULLETIN UH administrators are negotiat- Paliku Winchester, 5, who has lymphoma, bashfully construction industry with a ing a new contract. pressed his head to his grandfather Maury Duque at his budget that calls for about $614 not asking for any new construc- school’s accreditation. Even with the increased re- grandparents’ house yesterday afternoon. Paliku’s brother, million in building projects over tion and concentrating on reduc- UH administrators said they pair and maintenance spending, Pikai, is playing for Waipio in tomorrow’s Little League na- the next two years. ing an estimated $351 million tried to balance the campuses’ the total capital improvement tional championship game, which Paliku will watch on tele- The budget request under backlog in needed repairs and needs with the need to fix al- budget request for the next two vision. consideration by the Board of maintenance on the 10 UH cam- ready existing buildings. years comes to about $614 mil- Regents is for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 and increases spend- ing to $272 million on deferred maintenance to fix aging build- puses. But he said the Gover- nor’s Office would like to see new construction to help stimu- late the lagging Hawaii economy. New buildings also add to the cost of maintaining the existing campuses. UH estimates it needs to spend about $60 million a year lion, which is about $85 million lower than the request two years ago. The budget will likely be pre- Boy’s cancer battle ings. Most of the money would come from taxpayer-financed bonds. Left out of the next proposed biennium budget, however, are some major projects, including a on repairs to keep the buildings in their current condition. The proposed operating bud- sented to the regents again next month for final approval and then will be submitted to the inspires Waipio team The budget also includes re- new Pharmacy School building get for the university also asks governor and the Legislature. quests for a $116 million class- at UH-Hilo and a performing arts for an additional $16 million next If past experience is a guide, The little brother of a room building at UH-Manoa and complex/parking structure and year for maintenance and equip- Gov. Linda Lingle will likely re- Little League player TO HELP $32 million for a new College of a new College of Education ment, in part to account for the duce the regents’ budget, and Those interested in Hawaiian Language building at building at UH-Manoa. costs of maintaining its new the Legislature will also make has been undergoing helping the Winchester UH-Hilo. UH-Hilo Chancellor Rose buildings and to hire staff to significant changes, including chemotherapy family with Paliku’s UH President David McClain Tseng said not funding the phar- manage the new building proj- adding some spending not in medical bills can make a told regents he had considered macy building could affect the ects and increased repair and the budget proposal. By Rosemarie Bernardo donation to any Bank of firstname.lastname@example.org Hawaii branch. Checks can be made out to Waipio Little League base- “Friends of Paliku.” ball player Pikai Winchester’s drive to play his best today will be for his younger brother their hair in support of Paliku. who is battling cancer. “We felt the aloha from the “He has dedicated every- team,” said Rena. thing to him,” said their Side effects from the treat- mother, Rena, during a phone ment have caused Paliku to interview form Williamsport, become lethargic and moody. Pa. It also causes him to have Paliku Winchester, a kinder- cravings for some of his fa- gartner at Holy Family vorite foods like shrimp tem- Catholic Academy, was to pura and meat jun, which watch his older brother on grandparents Maury and Eve television at the Mililani Golf Duque have happily provided. Clubhouse with his grandpar- Paliku’s grandmother said ents and many of the team’s the year has been a whirl- family and friends as the base- wind, but so far, Paliku is do- ball players compete for the ing well. national championship today. Like his older brother, Pa- It has been a challenging liku played baseball with a year for Paliku, who was diag- team called the Waipio Dirt- nosed with pre-B cell lym- bags earlier this year. phoma shortly after his fifth “He’s a slugger,” said his birthday in February. A lump grandfather. “He was hitting found behind his left ear was so well.” He stopped playing determined to be cancerous. while undergoing treatment The youngster has been un- and misses the sport. “When dergoing chemotherapy at Ka- he’s in a good mood, he’ll say DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARBULLETIN.COM piolani Medical Center for ‘I want to play baseball.’” Women & Children since im- After undergoing treatment Alan Inaba started working in 1938 at his father’s tire shop. In 1994, Lex Brodie asked Inaba to help out, and Inaba stayed un- mediately after his diagnosis yesterday, Paliku entertained til yesterday. Here, limo driver Jay Lee, left, waited as Inaba shook hands with Scott Williams, Lex Brodie’s general manager. of the cancer, which spread to himself with his Transformers his neck and left armpit. toys and Nintendo DS game in Hitting the road While in San Bernardino, the living room of his grand- Calif., where the Waipio team parents’ Kapolei home, taking competed in the Little League a moment to tell his grand- Western Regional, Paliku lost mother that he was hungry. all his hair and suffered from As she watched her cheru- severe dehydration. bic-faced grandson play with He was immediately taken his Nintendo, she said, “He Alan Inaba calls it quits, almost, after a life in tires to the hospital where he stayed for a night. Soon after, looks up to Pikai, not realizing that he’s Pikai’s hero.” his parents traveled back to His grandmother said he By Allison Schaefers customer service after the way that he Honolulu where Rena’s par- gets excited when he watches email@example.com took care of his customers,” Orr said. “He ents are caring for him until his brother on television. THE COST OF THINGS treats every single customer like family, they return from Pennsylva- “Every time he hits a home After 70 years in business, most people and he wants to make sure that they get National average of wages and nia. Rena’s sister is helping to run, it’s for his brother,” she would be ready to get out the door on re- the best value. Regardless of the cost or costs in 1938, the year that Alan care for their youngest son, said. tirement day. application, no one questions Alan.” Inaba started working: Waipehe, 2. For Pikai, 12, a sixth-grader But that’s not true of Alan Inaba, who For Inaba, high-end customer service is Once they heard of his at Holy Family, his first began working with tire customers in Annual wage: $1,730 a family tradition, Orr said. plight in San Bernardino, sev- thought when he steps up to 1938. Inaba worked right up to the end of A new house: $3,900 “I knew his father, too. When he died, eral of his brother’s team- bat today will be for his his shift yesterday at the Lex Brodie’s Tire, A gallon of gas: 10 cents there were probably 2,000 people at his fu- mates as well as the team’s brother. “This is for you, Pa- Brake and Wheel Co. on Queen Street and Monthly house rent: $27 neral, and many of them were his cus- coach, Timo Donahue, shaved liku,” he said. then tried to do more. Loaf of bread: 9 cents tomers,” he said. When Jay K. Lee of Jay’s Limousine Ser- New car: $763 Artie Wilson, former University of vice pulled up to the tire company at noon Source: www.thepeoplehistory.com Hawaii basketball star-turned-Realtor, was in a big, white stretch limo, it was quitting time for Inaba, but he grabbed his clip- board anyway and started writing up a I think he thought that I would be here for another of Inaba’s longtime customers in attendance during the final hours of his friend’s last official day on the job. Team revels in support new work order for his longtime customer. one or two years, but I ended up being “When I first came to UH on a basketball By Rosemarie Bernardo of Kiha Akau. Imagine Inaba’s surprise when he discov- here ever since,” Inaba said. scholarship, he was one of the first men firstname.lastname@example.org “It’s unbelievable. They’re ered that the limo was there to help him At the tire company, Inaba’s reputation that I met, and he became like a father to doing it, not us. They don’t get begin the next journey of his life in style. for awesome customer service is leg- me,” Wilson said. “He’s generally one of The Waipio Little Leaguers frazzled. We’re very proud of “I pulled up in the limo, and he said, ‘Oh, endary, Williams said. the best human beings that I’ve known in are enjoying themselves in them,” said Kiha Akau. OK, what do you need today?’” said Lee, “While on a tire dealer trip in Florida a Hawaii. There’s not a better man in the Pennsylvania, but they miss It is the first trip for the who has been a Lex Brodie’s customer few years ago, I met a dealer that Alan had state of Hawaii.” the food from home. baseball players and their fam- some 15 years. “He was working all the helped out 20 years earlier in Hawaii,” he From Inaba, Wilson said, he learned the “Everybody is missing rice ilies to Williamsport, Pa., al- way to the last minute. Now that’s true loy- said. “Twenty years later they still remem- importance of caring for others more than and poke,” said Raena Dona- most 5,000 miles from Hawaii. alty.” bered him. It blew me away. It’s a reflec- caring for himself. hue, mother of shortstop And it has been a monthlong When Scott Williams, general manager tion of his customer service.” “He’s a shining example of giving and ex- Christian, 13, and wife of Timo, journey to the national cham- of Lex Brodie’s, told Inaba, “No, this limo is Inaba might not remember how many pecting nothing in return,” Wilson said. the team’s coach. “Everybody pionship. for you,” Lee said that Inaba was charac- tires he has changed or how many cus- “He taught me that you give because it’s is missing the food over every- Parents made sure their teristically humbled by the display. tomers he has helped in Hawaii, but few of the right thing to do.” thing else.” children’s time spent in Penn- Lee made a quick stop at Zippy’s so In- them have forgotten him. Over the years Inaba, who will celebrate his 82nd birth- The team has made frequent sylvania was packed with fun aba could run in to pick up lunch for him- many of Inaba’s clients, who include the day Wednesday, is loath to leave his cus- trips to McDonald’s for ham- with trips to Knoebels Amuse- self and his wife, Gladys, the high school likes of June Jones, Artie Wilson and Fred tomers. He reduced his hours to part time burgers and fries. To the play- ment Resort and Clyde Peel- sweetheart he married in 1950. Even with Orr, have become part of his extended a few years ago after suffering a minor ers’ disappointment, fruit ing’s Reptiland. the limo, it was a pretty unassuming end ohana. stroke and even now in retirement has punch and saimin were not on The team has gained to an illustrious career that began when “He literally looks at his customers as worked out a deal with Lex Brodie’s that the fast-food menu. “The kids celebritylike attention. automobiles were first coming to Hawaii. family,” Williams said. “He takes care of will allow him to continue to help those are shocked, asking, ‘How can Many, including coaches Inaba started in the tire business when them as if they were his own children, and customers who insist on his personal at- you not have fruit punch?’” from other teams, have sup- he was 12 years old while working in his fa- they have complete and utter trust in tention. said Donahue. ported the Hawaii team. E- ther’s Tire Recap shop on Oahu. At the him.” “His longtime customers can call him at Back-home food is so impor- mails have poured in from time, according to national estimates from Fred Orr, general manager of the Shera- home, and he’ll assist them,” Mitchell said. tant that family members re- people internationally and na- a Web site called the People History, a new ton Princess Kaiulani and longtime friend “We’ll give him a good percentage of the cently had a luau at a tionally including some from car could be bought for around $763, and of Inaba, has been a customer for more profit from these customers.” bed-and-breakfast inn where Hawaii expatriates. a gallon of gas cost just 10 cents. than 40 years. Orr, who will host an Alan Inaba is not sure what path he will fol- some are staying, the same Among the e-mails was one “I started in this business washing and Inaba night at the Creation Dinner Show at low in retirement. He is vice president of place where some players from Layson “Kaeo” Aliviado painting tires for my dad,” said Inaba, who the Princess Kaiulani, said he met Inaba the Iwakuni Bon Dance Club and has been from the Ewa Beach world and his father, Layton, coach later took over the family business. back in the days when he was a struggling a supporter of UH sports. championship team stayed. of the Ewa Beach team, which Inaba, who ran the family business until college student. “I still haven’t decided what I’m going to “Somebody roasted a pig. won the world championship 1994, sold tires to Lex Brodie and his par- “I was waiting for my tires to be do, but I might take my wife on a trip,” he Somebody sent fish from three years ago. ents before they started their own tire changed, and he took the time to talk to said. “I want to enjoy life and not work un- home,” said Waipio assistant “This is farther than any ex- company. me and to show me around his tire busi- til the last minute until I step in the grave.” coach Kiha Akau. pectation we thought that When Inaba decided to close his family ness,” Orr said. “He took a personal inter- Inaba said he is sure that he will spend Meanwhile, the players’ par- would happen for us,” said business, he worked out a deal with Lex est in me.” plenty of time enjoying his son and daugh- ents are experiencing the jit- Donahue. Brodie to work as a senior salesman so Orr, who was at Lex Brodie’s to mark his ter and his five grandchildren as well as ters. “I think most of the Her husband thanked every- that he could continue to assist his loyal mentor’s last hours, credits Inaba with his extended ohana. parents are very excited, a lit- one for their support for the customers. teaching him the true meaning of cus- “I have so many customers that I cannot tle anxious about the game,” team. “We’re going to do our “After I retired from my business in tomer service. keep track,” Inaba said. “I have as many as said Cindy Akau, mother of best out there. (Today) we’ll 1994, Mr. Brodie asked me to help him out. “I run a hotel and have modeled my three generations coming to me.” catcher Iolana Akau and wife see what happens,” he said.