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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, November 10, 1999


Millennium Moments

Millennium special

'Termite Palace'

SAY "Termite Palace" and people of a certain age here will recall fond memories of a night out at the ol' ballgame.

Honolulu Stadium stood in Moiliili for 50 years, cornered by South King and Isenberg streets; today, the site is a state recreational area with colorful playground equipment dotting its manicured greens.

Opened Nov. 11, 1926, the wooden-benched stadium on April 20, 1961, hosted the first game of the new home-team Hawaii Islanders, a minor-league pro baseball franchise of the Pacific Coast League. The Islanders beat the Vancouver Mounties 4-3.

Termite-infested, Honolulu Stadium was demolished in 1976 after the Aloha Stadium at Halawa was built in 1975.

As for the Islanders, after 15 successful years at Honolulu Stadium then a dozen more at Aloha Stadium, the team played its last game Aug. 20, 1987, before 3,819 diehard fans.

Tapa

Damage delays Endeavour's
departure for Kauai

NAWILIWILI, Kauai -- The replica HM Bark Endeavour will dock at Nawiliwili Harbor instead of Port Allen, and a day has been trimmed from its planned stay on Kauai.

The ship is currently in Honolulu. It is open for tours at Pier 9 at Aloha Tower Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. It will leave Monday for Kauai.

At a meeting between officials from the Endeavour, state and U.S. Navy on Monday, John Longley, chief executive officer of the HM Bark Endeavour Foundation, said the Kauai stop would have to be canceled unless the ship could be moved from Port Allen, where it was scheduled to go on display Tuesday.

The Endeavour was damaged at Kailua-Kona where a surge slammed it against its berth, breaking some timbers, and conditions at Port Allen are similar.

It was noted that most 18th-century sailing ships were designed to be anchored offshore rather than at a pier.

Nawiliwili, Kauai's major port, is much more protected. A specially designed boarding platform used at Kona is being barged to Kauai for use there.

The Endeavour will repaired before it leaves Honolulu.

The ship now is scheduled to be open to the public on Kauai from next Wednesday to Nov. 21.

Ceremonies at Waimea, Kauai, where Capt. James Cook first came ashore in Hawaii, are being rescheduled for Nov. 22.

Tapa

Narcissus hopefuls for Year of Dragon will meet the public

Nine young women vying for the title of Narcissus Queen in the coming Year of the Dragon will make their first public appearance at a reception tomorrow.

The event will kick off the 51st annual Narcissus Festival and will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Tropics Showroom of the Alii Tower from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Narcissus Queen pageant is Jan. 15 at the Neal Blaisdell concert hall and will be hosted by "Baywatch Hawaii's" Kalai Miller.

The festival's theme is "Commemorating the New Millennium and Welcoming Every Success in the Year of the Dragon" and is sponsored by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

The Chinese will welcome the new year on Feb. 5.

Air ambulance service renewed for two years

The state and the Army today renewed their biennial agreement for air ambulance service.

During the last 25 years, Army helicopters from the 68th Medical Company at Wheeler Army Air Field have performed more than 4,800 medical evacuation missions.

Army to rededicate Gallery of Heroes

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii will reopen and rededicate its Gallery of Heroes at Fort DeRussy at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Veteran's Day.

The Gallery of Heroes, first opened in 1988, honors Hawaii's recipients of the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. It has been moved to a larger space on the gun deck of Battery Randolph at the museum.

Workshops scheduled on development plan

Public comments and suggestions on the city draft Primary Urban Center Development Plan are sought at three workshops this month. The schedule for the 6:30-9:30 p.m. workshops:

Bullet Tuesday, Pearl Ridge Elementary School, 98-940 Moanalua Road, Aiea.

Bullet Nov. 24, Washington Intermediate School, 1633 S. King St., Central Honolulu.

Bullet Nov. 30, King Liholiho Elementary School, 3430 Maunaloa Ave., Kaimuki.

Copies of the draft plan may be reviewed at public libraries or the Web site http://cchnl.oceanic.com

Call Gordon Wood, 527-6073, or Pamela Davis, 523-4807.

Voyaging society part of environmental fair

The Polynesian Voyaging Society will give a presentation on the recent trip to Rapa Nui at the Community Networking Fair for the environmentally conscious Saturday at Leeward Community College Cafeteria.

Hawaii's Thousand Friends received a $5,000 federal grant to sponsor the Community Networking Fair.

A panel of local speakers will talk about Waimanalo's environmental injustice, Unisyn Biowaste Technology, and whether Village Park's water is safe.

Lunch and refreshments are free. Call 947-1523 for information.

Bake sale to benefit Ewa Healthy Start

A Gentry companies bake sale and craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19-20 at the Gentry Pacific Design Center at 560 N. Nimitz Highway.

All proceeds will go to Ewa Healthy Start, a program started by the Hawaii Family Support Center.

The sixth annual bake sale will feature hourly drawings for door prizes.

Admission is free, with free parking available in Gentry Pacific Design Center's parking lot on Nimitz Highway.

MDA patients can receive flu shots

The Muscular Dystrophy Association will offer free flu shots to people affected by any of 40 neuromuscular disorders.

MDA has one clinic in Hawaii, at Castle Medical Center. Patients registered with MDA may be eligible to receive transportation assistance, or MDA may pay a local doctor to administer the shot.

For more information or to set up a flu shot, call Kathleen Hurtubise at 486-2697, MDA headquarters at 800-572-1717, or visit http://www.mdausa.org


Corrections

Tapa

Bullet Palama Meat Co. is building a food-processing plant in Kapolei, not a slaughterhouse as was reported yesterday.

Bullet AirTran Airways is based in Orlando, Fla., and operates from an Atlanta hub. A Hawaii Inc. story in some editions yesterday had incorrect information.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Two men die in traffic accidents on Big Island

HILO -- Two people were killed in traffic accidents on the Big Island yesterday, police said.

About 9:30 a.m. a motorcycle ridden by Miles Fujiyama, 29, of Paradise Park subdivision, hit a sports utility vehicle driven by Merrill Murakami, 60, of Hilo, at an intersection on Railroad Avenue, police said. Murakami made a left turn in front of Fujiyama, they said.

Fujiyama, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Hilo Hospital, where he died at 10:31 a.m.

After being hit by the motorcycle, Murakami's vehicle veered into another vehicle waiting at the intersection.

That driver, Brian Ogawa, 39, of Keaau, was not injured. Murakami received minor injuries but declined treatment.

About an hour later, on the other side of the island on Queen Kaahumanu Highway at Puako, another man died in a two-vehicle accident, police said.

A small car driven by Jeremy Serrano, 23, of Kohala Estates, crossed the center line and hit an ice cream delivery truck driven by Clayton Fung, 23, of Papaaloa, knocking the truck on its side.

Serrano was pronounced dead at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Fung suffered a fractured ankle.

The highway was closed for four hours while police investigated the accident. The deaths brought the Big Island traffic toll for the year to 28 compared with 34 at the same time last year.

Moped rider injured; struck garbage can

A 32-year-old California man was critically injured in Waikane yesterday when he crashed his rental moped into a garbage can.

The man, from Aqora, Calif., was headed north on Kamehameha Highway when he struck the container near Haupoa Street at 3:45 p.m.

He was taken to Queen's Hospital with severe head injuries.

Suspect held in theft at Ala Moana restroom

Police arrested a Kalihi Valley woman, 31, for reaching over a restroom stall and allegedly stealing a woman's purse at Ala Moana Center.

A woman, 28, said she placed her handbag on the toilet paper dispenser and the suspect, in the next stall, reached over and grabbed the purse.

The victim said she pounded on the stall the suspect was in, and mall maintenance workers detained the suspect until security arrived.

The suspect, of Noe Street, was booked for second-degree theft, which is a felony.






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