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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, September 22, 1999


Millennium Moments

Millennium special

Castle clan

THE Castle family's influence in Hawaii started in 1837, when patriarch Samuel Northrup Castle, a New Yorker, came to Honolulu with the Eighth Company of American missionaries. Castle soon would parlay his banking skills for the mission, to build a business with fellow missionary Amos Starr Cooke -- Castle & Cooke. Thriving with mission trade, Castle & Cooke grew into one of the "Big Five" firms -- and continues thriving today.

Castle also was a longtime trustee for Punahou School, a campus which has buildings named for the family: Castle Hall, built in 1913 in honor of Samuel N. and Mary Tenney Castle; and James B. Castle Hall, built in 1923 and named after Samuel and Mary's financier son.

Also named for James B. Castle are Castle High School in Kaneohe and Castle Street in Kapahulu, according to "Place Names of Hawaii" by Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert and Esther T. Mookini.

And still a third generation son left his mark: Castle Hospital in Kailua was named for Harold K.L. Castle, who donated the land.

Tapa

Child porn suspect, 55, to be held without bail

Circuit Judge Victoria Marks has ordered a 55-year-old man accused of videotaping girls' breasts and buttocks held without bail.

Stuart Novick was initially held on $1 million bail.

He will go to trial the week of Dec. 6, charged with 59 counts, including child abuse and third-degree sexual assault involving two girls ages 12 and 13. The videotaping allegedly occurred between June 1995 and July 1996.

The state had argued that Novick was a danger to the community, given the seriousness of the charges, and a flight risk.

The state also wanted to ensure he had no further contact with his alleged victims and other girls he had recruited for his environmental group, Protect the Planet.



Hokule'a logo

Hokule'a is on its way to remote Rapa Nui

The voyaging canoe Hokule'a is on its way to Rapa Nui after setting sail from Mangareva yesterday with less-than-favorable winds.

But navigator Nainoa Thompson felt it was better to leave sooner than later.

He wants to reach Rapa Nui during the October full moon when it will be easier to see the 50-square-mile isle, the most remote inhabited island in the world.

The voyage is expected to take 30-40 days.

Thompson is concerned that the traditional voyaging canoe could miss its destination because of the island's small size and remote location.

The Hokule'a will also be sailing against the wind.

Thompson and his co-navigators will be setting course by using the stars, waves and other signs of nature rather than modern navigational instruments, just like the ancient Polynesian navigators who settled every inhabited island in the vast Pacific Ocean.

The canoe left the Big Island June 15 on its historic sail to Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island.

This last sail of the century will complete the Polynesian triangle -- the immigration routes the ancient Polynesian navigators followed.


The public can track the progress of the Hokule'a by looking on the World Wide Web site http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/pvs/
Photographs from the Hokule'a are slated to be available at http://www.hokulea.net


Doctor loses license to practice in isles

Dr. Kim Beauchamp has lost his license to practice medicine, which was revoked by the state Board of Medical Examiners, the state said.

Documents reveal Beauchamp was licensed as a physician and surgeon in California in 1971.

"The respondent was an obstetrician/gynecologist by training and -- at least in the late 1980s and early 1990s -- the primary specialization within his practice was on low-cost therapeutic abortions in the greater Los Angeles area," according to a release.

Beauchamp was licensed to practice in Hawaii in 1982.

A California decision in 1997 found he had "committed serious and multiple violations of the California Business and Professions Code by his repeated acts of negligence and incompetence in treating two of his patients, by his falsification of a patient's chart and by his use of unauthorized fictitious names in advertisements."

The decision revoked Beauchamp's license as a physician and surgeon in California and further ordered him to pay the Medical Board of California $50,202.29 for the recovery of its reasonable costs incurred in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

A hearing later took place in Hawaii, and the hearings officer recommended Beauchamp lose his license to practice medicine in Hawaii for five years.

The charges in Hawaii included accusations of professional misconduct, hazardous negligence and incompetence. The license revocation was effective June 18.





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Maui man dies of injuries from Sept. 12 accident

WAILUKU -- A 31-year-old Maui man died yesterday from injuries he received in a traffic accident that occurred on Sept. 12.

Robert Y. Tanaka of Wailuku had been in critical condition at Maui Memorial Hospital since the accident in South Maui.

Police officer Jamie Becraft said Tanaka was driving a pickup truck traveling west on Piilani Highway when it rolled over several times near the intersection at Mokulele Highway at 1:23 a.m. Becraft said police suspect speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash.

9-year-old boy suspected of attempted sex assault

Police are investigating whether a 9-year-old boy attempted to sexually assault a 10-year-old boy in a treehouse on Monday.

The older boy and a friend visited the suspect's home at about 4:30 p.m., police said.

The three boys went up in the treehouse, and the younger boy attempted to sexually assault the 10-year-old, according to a police report.

The case has been classified as first-degree attempted sexual assault, kidnapping and first-degree terroristic threatening.

High-schooler arrested in assault on guard

Police yesterday arrested a 16-year-old girl at Campbell High School for allegedly assaulting a school security guard on Monday.

The guard, 31, struck her head when she was pushed into a golf cart just after noon on Monday, police said. She was trying to break up a fight between students.

Female arson suspect sought in store fires

Police believe one woman is responsible for three fires at various Oahu retailers this month.

Fires were reported at the Ala Moana JC Penny on Sept. 11, Liberty House in Kailua on Sunday and Daiei in Pearl City on Monday.

In each of the fires, a woman was seen leaving the store when the blaze broke out, said arson investigators. Police believe the fires may have been set as a diversion to occupy security and store personnel while the woman stole other items from the stores.

The suspect is described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall, 135 to 150 pounds, with black hair and a fair complexion. She was wearing a white T-shirt, bluejeans and black work boots. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.






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