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MAY 21, 2001


Fulfilling a commitment in his State of the City speech in January, Mayor Jeremy Harris announced today that the city has provided computers for use by the public, beginning at four Oahu district parks.

“I firmly believe that our world today demands that everyone be computer literate,” the Mayor said. “Computers should not be just tools of government or business. They should be readily available to citizens, and especially our students, whether or not they can personally afford them.

“Computers can enhance our quality of life. They enable us to connect with each other more easily. For students, a computer can be an enormously useful tool for learning.”

The city's ultimate goal is to place four computers in each of 20 district parks on Oahu so students can access the Internet for their studies and adults can go online for government information and services. The parks will inherit old, but still usable, computers that have been replaced with newer models in city offices. The Department of Information Technology is coordinating the acquisition and installation of the computers and networks.

Computer sites are now available at the district parks for Kalihi Valley, Kaneohe, Palolo and Pearl City. Each site provides Internet access, word processing, spreadsheet and printer services. Operational hours of the computer rooms will be posted at each park.

The city is seeking help from organizations and volunteers to monitor the computer rooms and assist with their operations.

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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