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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, June 8, 1999


Millennium Moments

Millennium special

From Hiki to Iniki

THE first officially recorded hurricane in Hawaii, in August 1950, was named Hiki. Slamming Kauai with 68 mph sustained winds, the hurricane killed one person.

But the most destructive was Iniki in September 1992, which hit Kauai head-on and caused four deaths, injuries to some 1,000 people and damage estimated at $1.6 billion. Its sustained winds were 92 mph with gusts at 227 mph.

Iwa was another notorious Hawaii hurricane, striking in November 1982 and again, hitting Kauai hardest. Iwa killed one person and caused an estimated $250 million in damage. Sustained winds were clocked at 65 mph, with gusts at 117 mph.

The only other fatal Hawaii hurricane on record was Nina, which killed one person when it hit Kauai in Dec. 1-2, 1957.

Typically, June through November is hurricane season here; historic data shows that August, in particular, is prime time to batten down the hatches and stock up on batteries.

Tapa

Rescued hiker admits group saw kapu sign

They decided to take a "leisurely hike," despite seeing one sign telling them that the Hauula trail was closed and declared unsafe, said one of the five hikers charged with illegally entering Maakua Gulch.

The trail had been closed due to possible hazardous conditions after eight people died and 50 others were injured in a landslide at Sacred Falls a week earlier.

Roy Brewer, 25, of Laie and Adrian Aiu, 25, of Salt Lake today entered pleas of not guilty to charges of entering an area closed due to possibly hazardous conditions before Kaneohe District Judge Patricia A. McManaman. Their trial has been scheduled for July 9.

The other men charged -- brothers Robert Billings, 22, and Benjamin Billings, 28, both of Salt Lake; and Zachary Billings, 30, of Phoenix, Ariz. -- did not appear.

All five men face 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine if convicted. They could also be billed for the cost of the rescue, said Gary Moniz, acting enforcement chief for the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Brewer, a University of Hawaii student, said he had hiked the trail many times without incident and that it was Zachary Billings' fault for getting injured. Billings suffered a knee injury during the hike and had to be transported out by Fire Department helicopter.

While the charges are petty misdemeanors, the gravity of the offenses cannot be emphasized enough, Moniz said.

"We will continue to vigorously prosecute anyone found to be in violation of the closed-area regulation," he said.

People who enter areas officially closed for public-safety reasons not only jeopardize themselves, but also the rescuers who "needlessly risk their lives," Moniz said.

Lecture will examine prostate cancer options

"Prostate Cancer: The Role of Radioactive Seeds" is the subject of the Queen's Medical Center's "Speaking of Health" community lecture series at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the hospital's Kamehameha Auditorium.

Dr. John Lederer, medical director of the Queen's Nae'a Radiation Oncology Department, and Dr. David Kuchenbecker, urologist, will discuss the disease and treatment options.

Lederer will focus on the role of permanent radioactive seed implants, one of the newest techniques in prostate cancer treatment.

Prostate cancer, the most common cancer in males, takes one life every 13 minutes in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

For reservations and information, call 537-7117.

City offering free food for kids during summer

Kids can get free grinds this summer in the Summer Food Service Program for Children, sponsored by the city Department of Parks and Recreation.

Meals will be offered to youths under age 19 attending city park programs, or just enjoying the parks.

The first meals will be served Thursday at Maili Community Park, Makaha Community Park, Pililaau Community Park and Waianae District Park.

The following sites will begin offering meals June 17. Call each site for serving times:

Bullet Ewa Beach Community Park;
Bullet Kaimiloa Elementary;
Bullet Nanakuli Rec Center;
Bullet Wahiawa Rec Center;
Bullet Waipahu Rec Center;
Bullet Whitmore Community Park.

And these sites will start offering meals June 21:

Bullet Palolo Recreation Center;
Bullet Beretania Community Center;
Bullet Fern Community Park;
Bullet Kalakaua District Park;
Bullet Kalihi Uka Community Park;
Bullet Kalihi Valley District Park;
Bullet Lanakila District Park;
Bullet Kahaluu Community Park;
Bullet Kailua Recreation Center;
Bullet Ben Parker Elementary;
Bullet Hauula Community Park;
Bullet Kahuku Gym;
Bullet Laie Elementary;
Bullet Waialua District Park;
Bullet Waimanalo Beach Park;
Bullet Waimanalo District Park.

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Police, Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Man accused of 4 years of sexual assaults on girl

Police yesterday charged a 47-year-old California man in connection with numerous sexual assaults on a 15-year-old girl during a four-year span.

Bradley Ian Michaelson was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault, police said. He is being held on $250,000 bail.

He has allegedly sexually assaulted the girl in Waialua since 1995, police said. He was arrested Sunday night near Sunset Beach.

Michaelson told police he is a filmmaker.

In other news ...

Bullet A 49-year-old man was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing more than $300 worth of Pokemon cards from 7-Eleven. The man reportedly took a case of cards, containing 70 packs, from the Waialae Avenue 7-Eleven at 5:25 a.m., police said. He then rode away on his bicycle. Police arrested the man 15 minutes later near the store and recovered the cards, which were valued at $347.19.

Bullet A 71-year-old Waikiki man was in critical condition after a fall from the third floor of a Nahua Street apartment building.

The man was taken to Queen's Hospital by city ambulance after the 7 p.m. fall yesterday at the Hawaiian Prince apartments.

Bullet A robber demanded money from two tellers in an afternoon holdup at the Bank of Hawaii's Ewa Beach branch on Papipi Road. He was described as being in his early 30s, of heavy build, with short brown hair, a mustache and a goatee.



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