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6 MARCH 17, 2021
 Waipahu Park Memorializes The Life Of William ‘Bill’ Balfour Jr.
 The life and legacy of Wil- liam “Bill” Balfour Jr. is now commemorated at 94-230 Pāiwa St.
states city Councilman Bran- don Elefante. “Renaming this park symbolizes so much about Bill ... mostly, his con- nection to people.”
 Bill Balfour Jr. Waipahu District Park honors the for- mer city Department of Parks and Recreation director, who spent four decades in the sugar industry — as plantation man- ager for O‘ahu Sugar Planta- tion and senior vice president for Amfac Sugar Kaua‘i — before heading up DPR under former mayor Jeremy Harris. Balfour also did a stint as civil defense administrator for for- mer mayor Mufi Hannemann, and was interim director for Honolulu Zoo before Linda Santos took the helm.
Aside from the latest insig- nia postmark, park-goers can also revel in a newly planted ni‘i gold shower tree, which is located mauka of the sign.
“Bill was a dedicated pub- lic servant for several de- cades and someone who al- ways had a can-do attitude,”
“Bill loved being outdoors amongst his workers and the facilities he oversaw to provide a personal, hands- on style of management,” states Balfour’s wife Dee. “The Balfour-Kalahui ‘oha- na are proud, honored and humbled by this recognition, especially in an area known for its diverse, hard-working residents that share the sugar plantation heritage and Na- tive Hawaiian historical sig- nificance.”
Waipahu District Park has been renamed Bill Balfour Jr. Waipahu District Park to commemorate a former city Department of Parks and Recreation director.
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