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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, July 26, 1999


Making a big splash


By Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin
Danny Williams sprays water on 1-year-old Kawehe Kohatsu,
who seems to be enjoying the refreshing spray on a hot day
at Keehi Lagoon.



Millennium Moments

Millennium special

Isle shipwrecks

Among the earliest recorded shipwrecks in Hawaii's history was that of the Konaliloa, at Keei on the Big Island's Kealakekua Bay.

In his 1882 chronicle of marine casualties, Thomas G. Thrum noted that the incident, in which the captain and his sister made it safely to shore, occurred about 1620. Some, though, say it may have happened a century earlier.

The first recorded Western ship lost here was in October 1796, according to "Firsts and Almost Firsts in Hawaii" by Robert C. Schmitt. The British brig Arthur, commanded by Capt. Henry Barber, dashed onto rocks after hitting a coral shoal off Laeloa on Oahu, killing six of the 22 aboard.

That site became commonly called Barbers Point until this month, when closure of the naval facility there renewed the area's Hawaiian name, Kalaeloa.

Tapa

Radio's Hamada fine; station still off the air

Radio station KHVH-AM 830 will continue to be off the air until sometime tomorrow while engineers await parts from Nova Scotia to repair a broken transmitter.

Meanwhile, KHVH General Manager Rick Hamada is alive and well.

The news, talk, traffic and weather station went off the air at 1:30 p.m. yesterday. Dale Machado, director of engineering at AM-FM Radio, which owns KHVH, said several components in a transmitter filter burned out yesterday, and disabled it.

AM-FM Radio President Bob Longwell said engineers called around but could only find a replacement part in Canada It's being express mailed and expected to arrive tomorrow.

Longwell said since the station went off the air there have been false rumors that Hamada had died and that was the reason KHVH went off the air. Hamada has been out sick but not that sick, he said.

"You can say Rick Hamada is alive; the transmitter died," Longwell said.

AM-FM Radio was formerly known as Pacific Star Communications, which owns six other radio stations in Hawaii, including KSSK (AM/FM) and KIKI-FM (I-94).

Paty named civilian liaison to U.S. Army

Bill Paty has been appointed as civilian aide at large for the Pacific region by Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera.

The announcement was made by Lt. Gen. E.P. Smith, commander, U.S. Army, Pacific.

His responsibility stretches from the West Coast to the east coast of Africa.

Paty served as Hawaii's civilian aide to the secretary of the Army from 1994 to 1998.

As a civilian aide at large, Paty will serve as a liaison to the secretary of the Army, advising him on important issues affecting soldiers throughout the Pacific region.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Police arrest 2 of 3 men suspected of robbery

Police arrested two of three men who allegedly forced their way into a Kaimuki residence at gunpoint early today and robbed four young adults of cash, cellular telephones and other personal property.

The robbery at 1011 4th Ave. was reported at 12:30 a.m.

Two suspects were arrested after East Honolulu patrol units spotted a vehicle matching the description of one used in the robbery at the Zippy's restaurant in Kapahulu.

An Aiea man, 33, was arrested at the restaurant at 1:40 a.m. while a Kailua man, 26, was caught at Campbell Avenue and Martha Street at 3:41 a.m.

Both were booked for first-degree robbery after being identified by the victims in a field lineup.

Some of the stolen property has been recovered and police will execute a search warrant later today on the suspect vehicle.

A third suspect is still at large.

Moped driver critically hurt in Round Top Drive collision

A 19-year-old man was critically injured yesterday in a head-on collision between a moped and a van on Round Top Drive near the Manoa lookout.

The man, who was operating the moped, suffered head and internal injuries in the 6:20 p.m. collision and is at Queen's Hospital in critical condition.

Police vehicular homicide investigators said the moped crossed the dividing line of the two-lane roadway into the path of the van.

A 46-year-old man driving the van was not injured, police said.

Investigators said speed appears to be a contributing factor.

Man suffers critical injuries at Kahuku motocross track

A 24-year-old man injured yesterday at the Kahuku motocross track is in critical condition at Queen's Hospital.

Sunset Beach firefighters and city Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene at about 2 p.m. The man was transported by air to Queen's Hospital.

Teen-age boy ends standoff at Wahiawa apartment

Police crisis negotiators convinced a 16-year-old boy to surrender yesterday following a domestic incident at an Wahiawa apartment building at 186 Ohai St. that led to a standoff.

The boy, who was involved in a dispute with family members, reportedly armed himself with two knives as police responded to the scene at about 3:30 p.m. The boy reportedly cut himself to keep officers at bay.

It took several hours to resolve the situation and the boy was treated for minor injuries at Wahiawa Hospital.

Woman charged with theft of 3 chain saws from Eagle

Police yesterday charged 47-year-old Teresa Mirquet-Klein for allegedly stealing three chain saws Saturday from Eagle Hardware in Waikele.

Mirquet-Klein is charged with second-degree theft and is being held lieu of $15,000 bail. She was caught with the stolen property outside of the store by security officers.






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