The Honolulu Marathon has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1973.
World-famous footrace began with 162
Back then, the race had 162 entrants, 151 of whom finished.
Twenty years later, in 1993, some 29,514 were entered. Of those, 22,000 completed the race from Ala Moana Park to its Kapiolani Park endpoint, says the "Hawaii Fact and Reference Book," by Anthony Michael Oliver.
Celebrating its 27th year in December, the Honolulu Marathon today is among the world's largest. The 1995 race, in fact, was the biggest in the world that year: It had 34,422 entrants and 26,986 finishers.
The marathon's speed record was set in 1986 by Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya, who did the 26-plus-mile course in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 43 seconds.
A sad note: In 1993, a 52-year-old runner from Japan collapsed and died.
Brewer exec to meet with citizens on spillBrewer Environmental Industries has agreed to meet with community members Wednesday to explain the 35-ton spill of sulfuric acid on Thanksgiving Day.
Brewer Environmental President Stephen Knox will talk about how the company is handling the spill and possible changes the company will make to prevent similar incidents.
The meeting, open to the public, starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Laulima Room of the Campbell Estate Building.
Medical marijuana use topic of meetingThe first American to legally use marijuana for medicinal purposes, Robert Randall, will speak on "Should the Hawaii Legislature Legalize Marijuana for Medical Use?" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Park.
A panel of local individuals representing the Legislature, the medical profession and federal, state and county law enforcement have been invited to present their perspectives.
The Drug Policy Forum is sponsoring the discussion.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Baby hurt; parents arrestedA 2-month-old boy with a skull fracture has been placed in protective custody while police have arrested his parents for questioning.
A 21-year-old Marine and his wife, 23, were booked yesterday on two counts each of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a minor.
The woman was arrested at 11:20 a.m. at her Prince Edward Street apartment while her husband was taken into custody three hours later on Liliuokalani and Tusitala streets.
Indicted mother in custodyDorothy Marie Faufata, indicted in November for second-degree murder in connection with the 1994 death of her 2-year-old daughter, is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the state Special Services Division cellblock at District Court.
Faufata surrendered to state officers Friday. David C. Martinez, the infant's father who was indicted with Faufata, remains at large. Anyone with information on Martinez is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
Traffic victim identifiedThe medical examiner's office has identified the man killed in Saturday's early morning car crash on Fort Weaver Road as Shannon K. Kamaka, 29, of Ewa Beach.
Kamaka was reportedly the front-seat passenger in a car that struck a traffic signal pole near Renton Road at 3:35 a.m.
Two other men who were in the car, both 22, are in critical condition in Queen's Hospital.