I recall reading an article concerning a program for troubled youth. The youth are sent to Hawaii to work in the pineapple fields under strict but reliable supervision.

If there is such a program, I would appreciate any information you could find out for me on this. - L.D., Orem.Youth Developmental Enterprises, phone number 943-1752, arranges for young men ages 15-18 to harvest pineapple on the island of Maui for a company called Maui Pineapple.

They work five days a week, eight hours a day and gross $6 an hour; $4.25/day is taken out of their wages for room and board. Transportation to various places on the island for leisure-time activities, where the boys go as a group, is provided.

There are two programs. The boys can work from either August to December, or from February to December.

Participants pay $1,300 in advance to cover round-trip air fare to Hawaii, accident insurance, equipment (a backpack and a T-shirt), and project development (maintenance on the buildings where they live, etc.).

They live in groups of 15 with two live-in supervisors. They are required to attend the church of their choice every Sunday.

This is not, however, a program for "troubled youth."

"We're not a rehabilitation center in any way," says a spokesman for the company. "We hire the best young men we can find. We won't take anyone with a major drug or alcohol problem."

Reading between the lines one realizes that most 15, 16 and 17-year-olds are in school and unavailable for full-time, out-of-state work during those months.

Though participants who are those ages might not necessarily be classified as "troubled," some of them might not yet have self-discipline and good work habits.

The experience, even though it isn't geared toward rehabilitation, might foster some of those qualities in the participants.

Anyone who's interested may attend an orientation meeting at the Whitmore Library (2197 E. 70th South) at 1 p.m., April 20.

The organization has been in business 20 years.

Expensive cars

Despite endless advertising about rebates and other promotional deals, the price Americans pay for their new cars continues to rise faster than their family incomes, says Changing Times, the Kiplinger magazine.

Some of this is due to luxury options and safety features. But the bite car prices take out of incomes has grown dramatically since the late 1960s and is expected to grow even more in '91.