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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, September 16, 1999



Millennium Moments

Millennium special

Kamehameha not forgotten

THE legacy of King Kamehameha lives on today, in Hawaiian spirit and native pride.

His name, also, is evident all around us, reminding modern-day people of this warrior king who unified the Hawaiian islands in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Literally "The Lonely One," Kamehameha is namesake of various present-day sites, including:

Bullet The Kapalama campus and schools endowed by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop's trust.

Bullet The Oahu highway which runs from Honolulu to Castle Junction.

Bullet The "Heights" in Honolulu sandwiched between Kalihi Uka, Alewa and Lanakila.

Bullet Fort Kamehameha, the military reservation at the Pearl Harbor entrance established in 1909, now an Army housing community.


Hunt for missing skiff in Micronesia fruitless

The Coast Guard has suspended a search for an 18-foot skiff with four men and two women who have been missing at sea for more than 10 days in Micronesia.

The search effort, which ended yesterday, covered 30,000 square nautical miles after the skiff was reported missing Sept. 5. The boat, powered by a 40-horsepower outboard engine and with 20 gallons of gasoline, had left Nama Island was supposed to travel 40 nautical miles to Weno and was carrying an injured man.

The victim was suffering from a head injury from an earlier boating accident.

Volunteers sought for shoreline cleanup

"Get the Drift & Bag It!," say organizers of the Hawaii part of this month's International Coastal Cleanup effort.

Oahu volunteers for the 8:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 18 coastal cleanup are asked to call 823-0128. Neighbor-island volunteers may call coordinators on their own islands -- Kauai, 823-0128; Maui, 877-2524; Big Island, 961-8431.

Last year's Hawaii effort attracted 4,279 volunteers who collected 227,759 pounds of debris from 153 miles of shoreline. Debris included cigarette butts, plastics, glass, bottles, paper, food bags and wrappers, cans and caps and lids.

Maui swim club to host Kapalua challenge

On Sept. 19, Maui Masters Swim Club will host the second-annual Kapalua Fun Swim Challenge.

A part of the proceeds will benefit the Hawaii Wildlife Fund for endangered hawksbill turtles.

Swimmers age 19 and older will compete in a one-mile swim. Swimmers ages 15-18 will compete in a 3/4-mile ocean swim. Check-in and late registration are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. Races begin at 9 a.m.

Call Kapalua Nature Society on Maui at 669-0244.

Pearl City pool closing for renovations

The swimming pool at Pearl City District Park will be closed from Sept. 20 to Oct. 22 for renovations to the filtration system, according to a city announcement.

Koko Head parks subject of meetings

The Koko Head district and regional parks are the subjects of community-based meetings being held by the city.

A meeting on the Koko Head District Park takes place Sept. 21. The Koko Head Regional Park will be on the agenda Oct. 4 and 11. All meetings are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kaiser High School cafeteria.

Education walk to be held Oct. 2

Hawaii's first "Walk 4 Education" begins at 7 a.m. Oct. 2 at Kapiolani Park.

The fund-raising family event features a 5.6-mile walk, food booths, a crafts fair, prizes, entertainment and games.

Pledge packets are available at all 7-Eleven stores and Times supermarkets. All walkers will receive a limited edition T-shirt and are eligible for prizes such as a Disneyland package and neighbor island trips.

For more information or to receive a walk packet, call 239-4431 or 625-2815.

Funds will go toward providing schoolchildren character education and enhancing skills and tools to face challenges in the 21st century.

Help clean up Heeia Stream

The Friends of Heeia State Park is asking for volunteers Saturday to take part in caring for Heeia Stream by removing alien vegetation and litter from its banks and floating debris.

Registration for "Get the Drift & Bag It!" will start at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18 in front of Heeia State Park Visitors Center at 46-465 Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe.

Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Refreshments, gloves and trash bags will be provided.

The work should be done by noon. For details, call 247-3156.

Thomas Square earns award

Thomas Square has been recognized as one of 362 landscapes nationwide that improves the quality of life.

The Honolulu park will receive an American Society of Landscape Architects Medallion Award, said Mayor Jeremy Harris.

The society, as part of its 100th anniversary, is making the special awards across the nation. The Hawaii chapter of the society will make the presentation in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Besides Thomas Square, other medallion honorees in Hawaii are the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, the Spalding House (Contemporary Museum) and the Hawaii Capitol Special District. Each was nominated by the Hawaii chapter to a national review committee.

Medallion winners already have been named nationally. The sites will be featured in an exhibit at the society's annual meeting and 100th anniversary convention in Boston this month.

Thomas Square is Honolulu's oldest community park. It was conceived in 1843 as the first public park on the island of Oahu by Adm. Richard Thomas, its namesake.

Work to begin on Big Isle well

POHOIKI, Hawaii -- Puna Geothermal Venture was to begin drilling a new well today which will allow the company to expand its capacity to 30 megawatts from the current 25 megawatts, company representative Barry Mizuno said.

The drilling to a depth somewhat deeper than 7,000 feet is expected to take about 60 days, he said.

State permits allow the drilling to make up to 70 decibels of noise at the nearest house, about the sound of freeway traffic.

However, the company hopes for considerably lower noise levels by wrapping the drill rig in heavy fabric sound blankets, Mizuno said.

Company capacity was once up to 30 megawatts using its two current production wells, but discovered that the sustainable level of usage for the pocket of hot water and steam that it tapped into is no more than 25 megawatts, he said.

The company will drill on a slant from its present site to tap into another pocket of water which geologists have identified.

The company supplies about a quarter of the Big Island's electricity.

Tapa

Health Briefs

'Keiki Asthma Fair' scheduled at Waianae

Learning will be combined with fun at a free "Keiki Asthma Fair" from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Waianae District Park.

Straub Foundation is sponsoring the event with the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center because of a high incidence of asthma in the Waianae area.

Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization and school absenteeism for children ages 5 to 12, but they can lead normal lives with correct treatment and medication, Straub says.

Families who pre-register will receive a free T-shirt for a child 6 years and older participating in the fair. Space is limited. Call the Straub Foundation at 524-6755.

Free screenings offered for prostate cancer

Free screenings for prostate cancer will be offered Saturday at St. Francis Medical Center to men 50 and older who have never been screened for such cancer.

Men who are 40 and older with a family history of prostate cancer also will be eligible for the free screening, consisting of a prostate specific antigen blood test and a physical exam by a urologist.

The screenings will be from 8 a.m. to noon in the hospital's Mama Lau Cancer Care Center, Weinberg Building. Appointments are required and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis for men meeting the criteria. Call 547-6870 for an appointment.

Bone marrow recruits sought in church drive

A bone marrow recruitment drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Saint Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific at 930 Lunalilo St.

Donors must be between 18 and 60 years old and in general good health. A small blood sample is collected for tissue typing, and potential donors then are placed on the Hawaii and National Donor Registries. Donors need to register only once.

The Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry at St. Francis Medical Center matches registered marrow donors with residents who have terminal blood diseases like leukemia and need bone marrow transplants.

The registry wants to sign up as many potential donors as possible, particularly Asian residents and Pacific Islanders because of a donor shortage among those groups.

Hawaii Lions plan 'Wellness Fair'

A "Wellness Fair" sponsored by the Hawaii Lions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at Kapalama School at 1601 N. School St.

Free screening will be offered for cholesterol, glucose, vision and blood pressure. Health demonstrations and information also will be provided.


Corrections

Tapa

Bullet The top-ranking Navy officer in Hawaii during the Pearl Harbor attack was Adm. Husband E. Kimmel. An incorrect first name was given in Monday's millennium special.

Bullet Winston Gample is president of Kahala Caterers. Luis Camacho is president of Cartagena Enterprises. Gample's title was incorrectly attributed to Camacho in yesterday's Millennium supplement.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Armed man robs Kalihi store, flees in stolen car

Police are searching for an armed man who robbed a Kalihi 7-Eleven store this morning.

The man, approximately 18 to 20 years old, held up the cashier at the 1717 N. King Street store for money and cigarettes at 2 a.m., police said. Two customers then walked into the store, and they were robbed as well.

The suspect then took a customer's keys and stole a car.

He is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 to 140 pounds with a medium build. He has short black hair and was wearing a gray T-shirt.

The stolen car is a gray and white 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix two-door sedan, license plate FTS-202.

Kalihi stabbing death results in murder charge

Police yesterday charged Addison Cabanting, 25, with second-degree murder in connection with Monday's fatal stabbing of Alexander Faleafine during a fight in Kalihi.

Cabanting, who was arrested Tuesday in Kalihi, is being held in lieu of $100,000.

Witnesses told police that Cabanting and Faleafine were fighting at about 12:30 a.m. at 755 McNeil St. The suspect fled the scene in a car following the stabbing.

Police want public's help solving school burglary

KEAAU, Hawaii -- Police are seeking the public's help in solving the burglary of $15,000 worth of equipment from a construction site at Keaau School Monday night or early Tuesday.

Police say employees of Sonomura Contracting discovered thieves stole items, including a caulking pump, a pressure washer and two laser levels, after breaking into three shipping containers and two portable office buildings.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 966-5830 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

Police seek information on dead woman

HILO -- Police also are seeking information on a woman whose bones were found in an abandoned quarry off Leilani Street in Hilo in December.

The woman was identified in July as Kristine Petersen, 38, who was last seen in 1991 when police picked her up for a psychiatric exam.

A forensic anthropologist estimated Petersen died about 1994. Her bones were found with a campsite and what appeared to be the remains of a sleeping bag.

Police say they have not ruled out foul play, and want information from anyone who saw the woman before she disappeared.






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