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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, April 13, 1999


University plans cultural celebration

THE Fort Street Mall will guide walkers around the world Friday with the observance of Hawaii Pacific University's Intercultural Day, an annual celebration of students from more than 90 countries.

The daylong festival held in downtown Honolulu will feature students wearing traditional costumes singing, dancing and presenting exhibits to introduce their cultures.

Events at the festival, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

Bullet A parade of costumes that will include music and chanting is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. down the length of Fort Street Mall to Merchant and Bishop streets.

Bullet Performances starting with brief discussions about each country will be conducted from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m.

Hawaii Pacific University is composed of 8,500 students from nearly 100 countries and all 50 states.

"Hawaii Pacific University is a global village that exemplifies the very concept of cultural diversity," said Ann Newton, university director of International Student Services.

'Baywatch' producers look for local talent

OK, Hawaii, it's time to show off those pects.

If you've ever dreamed of appearing on "Baywatch," here's your chance. The first casting call for "Baywatch Hawaii" will be held from 7:30 a.m to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Kakaako Room at Ward Warehouse.

Registration begins at 7 a.m.

Here's what producers are looking for:

Bullet Age 18-28 "or can lie about it."

Bullet Handsome and beautiful.

Bullet Physically fit, good athlete, great swimmer.

Bullet Good attitude, positive person.

For more information, call 591-4232.

Celestial voyagers turn canoe toward Guam

The Big Island voyaging canoe Makali'i has left Satawal after several days of celebration and is headed for Guam.

The voyage through Micronesia is being made to honor Mau Piailug, who taught Hawaiians the ancient skill of celestial navigation in the 1970s after it had almost died out.

Piailug is from Satawal, a tiny atoll in the Micronesian islands that is located 500 miles south of Guam.

Isle man gains 2nd term on U.S. trade agency

WASHINGTON -- Honolulu's Delmond Won, one of the highest-ranking Hawaii residents in the Clinton administration, will be reappointed to the Federal Maritime Commission.

The White House announced yesterday that Won, 45, will serve a second term on the five-member panel.

Won was first appointed in July 1994.

The Federal Maritime Commission is an independent federal agency that regulates international and domestic commerce on the seas. Appointments must be approved by the Senate.

Father rejects charge of hurting 6-week-old

Samita William Hall Sr. pleaded not guilty yesterday to attempted murder in the second degree for allegedly shaking his baby on three occasions in March and causing brain damage to the infant.

He faces trial Oct. 18 in front of Circuit Judge Wilfred Watanabe. Hall told police that he shook his 6-week-old baby, the last time holding him upside down by the ankles and swinging him.

The hospitalized baby is blind and deaf.

Tapa

UPDATE

UH seeks accord

By Lori Tighe, Star-Bulletin

The University of Hawaii problem regarding hazardous-waste violations is now in the hands of lawyers negotiating a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The university's fine for violating hazardous-waste laws last year increased in March from $1.3 million to $1.8 million after leaking pesticide containers were found on the Big Island and Kauai.

"UH doesn't feel they can pay that much," said Gary Gill, deputy director of environmental health.

So state Health Department lawyers, UH lawyers and EPA lawyers are discussing cleanup projects UH can do to supplement cash payments, Gill said.

Gill said he expects the lawyers to reach an agreement within a few weeks.

The chemicals found at UH facilities can be harmful, deadly or can explode when released.

Tapa


Correction

Diamond Head-bound drivers leaving the ZipLane have a merge lane about a mile and a half in length and don't have to merge immediately in the car-pool lane. A graphic in some editions of yesterday's Star-Bulletin indicated otherwise.


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Police, Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Visitor from Washington drowns off Kauai beach

ANAHOLA, Kauai - A visitor from Battleground, Wash., drowned yesterday while bodyboarding with his fiance and friends at Anahola Beach, Kauai, police and fire officials said today.

Investigators said Alan Moss, 31, was pulled unconscious from the surf by his companions, who had been teaching him to bodyboard, at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday. Paramedics were unable to revive Moss. He was declared dead at 7:19 p.m. at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

Missing man's car found in Pearl City

Police recovered and are examining the car of a 41-year-old electrician who has been missing for almost a month.

John Wailehua-Hansen's 1987 gold Honda Accord was found abandoned yesterday near Hookanike and Kaahumanu streets in Pearl City, police said.

Wailehua-Hansen was last seen doing electrical work in Waialua on March 19.

He is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 190 pounds, muscular build with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last wearing a red T-shirt and gray jeans.

Anyone with information can call police at 529-3115 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Waianae man allegedly hit 13-year-old boy

Police yesterday arrested a 38-year-old Waianae Valley man for reportedly assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

The man allegedly hit the boy with an air pump at a home on Puuhulu and Puhuwai roads at 2 p.m., police said. He was upset because the boy, who suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder, had slow reactions.

The boy was treated and released at the Waianae Comprehensive Health Center.


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