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Refuse workers and automotive mechanics maneuvered heavy trucks in tight places displaying their skills during events at the City’s first Opala Olympics held Sunday at the Pearl City bus yard.

The City and County of Honolulu and the United Public Workers (UPW) union co-sponsored the very successful event that featured employees from Department of Environmental Services’ Refuse Collections and the Department of Facility Maintenance’s Automotive Equipment Service.

“I was extremely pleased with the support of the UPW in making the Opala Olympics a reality.  We not only showcased the skills of our employees, but strengthened the bonds of our City ohana, and that made this all the more worthwhile,” Mayor Hannemann said.  “I’d like to thank the nearly 500 volunteers and family members who turned out to enjoy great fellowship, competition and entertainment.  I’m looking forward to the next Opala Olympics.”

Five six-member teams participated in five skilled events that included a driving course, truck inspection, cart repair, recycling and knowledge quiz.  

Kailua Collections won the inaugural title and bragging rights.  Just Press and Opala Wa‘a (Honolulu baseyard) placed second and third place, respectively.  Waianae Pride and Opala Gold (Pearl City) rounded out the squads.

The festivities during the day included keiki events by E.K Fernandez, Honolulu Police Department keiki ID, Shimazu Shave Ice, catered lunch and musical guest Fiji.



Markus Owens, 768-3454

Monday, August 04, 2008

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