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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, November 30, 1999


Millennium Moments

Millennium special

Keahi Point once famous
for fragrant fish

THERE was a time when Keahi Point was known as one of the best places on Oahu to catch 'o'io, prized as one of the finest fishes to eat raw. The fish sold readily in Honolulu's markets and the ones from Keahi had "a unique fragrance, somewhat like that of limu lipoa, and this made it particularly desirable," says "The Beaches of Oahu" by John R.K. Clark.

Before the channel into Pearl Harbor was dredged and widened, Keahi was also famous for its surfing waves.

Keahi today is part of the U.S. Navy's "Capehart Housing" on the Ewa side of Pearl Harbor, and the area is known as Iroquois Point.

Accessible to military personnel, the site includes a beach recreation area and picnic grounds.

Tapa

Resolution would delay naming city places

Hope to have your name memorialized by having it etched on a city edifice?

You would have to be dead at least five years before that can happen, under a resolution expected to pass the City Council tomorrow.

Currently, a new or existing park, site or facility can only be named only after an individual who is dead, with no consideration given to the time passed.

The key criterion is that the facility be named "for a person, or for a belief, idea, concept or historical event of significance to the community (city, nation or world)."

A facility also can be named for a person who had a "significant association" to the facility, or for someone honored for their armed forces service.

Box-jellyfish watch issued for south shore

A box-jellyfish watch went into effect today for waters along Ala Moana Beach Park and Waikiki.

Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay and Makaha Surfing Beach also are vulnerable to invasion. The influx is expected to peak tomorrow and Thursday, with most jellyfish gone by Friday.

Lifeguards will keep watch at the affected beaches, the city ocean safety division said.

City fines councilman for weddings in home

City Councilman John Henry Felix has been fined $500 for holding weddings in his Aina Haina home.

He will be charged an additional $100 a day if by Dec. 9 he does not stop operating a commercial wedding business at his Kalanianaole Highway home, under a citation issued by the City Department of Planning and Permitting.

Felix, who is appealing the citation to the city's Zoning Board of Appeals, believes he is allowed to conduct wedding services under the city's definition of "home occupation."

Ex-inmates sue state, alleging sex assault

Two former female inmates at the Women's Community Correctional Center are suing the Department of Public Safety, alleging sexual harassment and assaults.

Cynthia Arruda and Anna Marie Ventura filed separate lawsuits yesterday in Circuit Court.

Arruda alleged that between March and June 1998, a recreational specialist forced her to perform oral sex on six occasions and other sex acts in exchange for special privileges.

Ventura, incarcerated in 1991, alleged that a corrections officer threatened her with punishment or promises of drugs, alcohol or special privileges in exchange for sex. She said the guard resumed his harassment when she returned to the prison in October 1998.

The suits allege department officials failed to properly train and supervise employees or implement policies and procedures and discipline for improper behavior.

Safe-driving poster's winners to be named

"Live and Let Live," a Waianae Coast community campaign, begins its 14th year at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waianae Police Station, as winners of a poster contest, sponsored by Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council, will be named.

The campaign reminds drivers of the hazards of drinking and driving. Wrecked cars will be displayed along the highway near Nanakuli Beach Park, Maili Beach Park and Waianae Boat Harbor through December.


Corrections

Tapa

Bullet Korean Airlines has been flying Boeing 777 jets to Hawaii since February 1998. A Hawaii Inc. story Wednesday said incorrectly that United Airlines will be first to the islands with the 777 in a new San Francisco-Maui service next year.

Bullet The director of the Sierra Club Hawaii chapter is Jeff Mikulina. His last name was misspelled in a story Saturday.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

One killed in shooting near Maui's Seven Pools

WAILUKU -- One person is dead in a shooting in Kipahulu about 8 last night, according to Maui police.

Police Sgt. Clarence Kenui said detectives this morning were still investigating and there was no information yet on the identity of the victim or the circumstances leading to the death.

Initial reports indicated the shooting took place on private property about a half-mile west of an area known as Seven Pools.

Man in critical condition after shooting in Haiku

WAILUKU -- A man was in critical but stable condition at Queen's Hospital after being shot in the arm at a Maui residence at about 6:50 p.m. yesterday.

A Haiku resident said he shot the man, who came to the residence with a stun gun, Police Lt. Glenn Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the resident was arrested, then released pending further investigation.

Aiea boy, 13, arrested for robbery with knife

A 13-year-old boy was arrested yesterday at Aiea High School for allegedly demanding a dollar from a classmate while holding a knife, police said.

He was booked for first-degree robbery yesterday and released.

Search begins for boaters who left Lanai yesterday

WAILUKU -- Coast Guard officials planned to start searching this morning for an overdue fishing boat carrying a Maui man and his 14-year-old son.

John Grossman and his son were expected to arrive at Mala wharf last night after fishing in Lanai waters, Coast Guard Petty Officer Jason Hagen said.

The two had stayed Sunday night because of the foul weather and left Lanai's small boat harbor yesterday aboard a 26-foot sampan, according to Hagen. He said small craft advisories and gale warning were in effect yesterday.

Kaneohe family gets aid after fire destroys home

The Red Cross provided disaster aid to a family victimized by fire in Kaneohe yesterday.

Three generations of the family received lodging, clothing and food after the fire at 45-342 Mealele St. caused an estimated $200,000 damage to the building and $40,000 to contents.






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