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									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-
cgima@starbulletin.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
                                                                                                                                                              rbernardo@starbulletin.com           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
   aschaefers@starbulletin.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              rbernardo@starbulletin.com            “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.

								
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