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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, December 18, 1999


Estate renames school
'Kamehameha School'

Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate has officially changed its name to "Kamehameha School."

Robert Kihune, chairman of the estate's interim board of trustees, said yesterday that the change was recommended by acting Chief Operating Officer Nathan Aipa and Kamehameha Schools President Michael Chun in response to a formal request from the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association.

In a letter to Kamehameha alumni, parents, employees and others, the board explained the reasons for the name change:

Bullet Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop specified the name;

Bullet Kamehameha Schools reinforces the understanding and perception that the institution is, above all else, a school;

Bullet By focusing on that name, employees will have "clear reinforcement" that they are part of "the same team, striving for the same goal."

The name change takes effect Jan. 1

Bishop Estate Archive

Refueling tanker from Hawaii off to Turkey

About 15 Hawaii Air National Guard personnel and a KC-135 tanker are taking part in Operation Northern Watch, the state Department of Defense said.

They were deployed yesterday to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. The tanker will refuel U.S. and other allied nation aircraft patrolling the northern no-fly zone of Iraq.

The participating Hawaii crews from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron volunteered for the mission. They are scheduled to return in January.

The squadron was the lead refueling unit when Operation Allied Force, the NATO bombing of Serb targets in Kosovo, began in March 1999.

Roads will stay open during holiday season

No lanes will be closed on certain roads over the Christmas and New Year's holidays to allow drivers to reach destinations without delays, the state Transportation Department said.

The lane closures stopped as of 3 p.m. yesterday, and none will resume until midnight Jan. 2, the state said.

The plan went into effect on the H-1 Freeway from Paiwa Interchange to Kahala Mall; Kalanianaole Highway from Kahala Mall to Lunalilo Home Road; Kamehameha Highway from Acacia Road to Valkenburgh Street; Nimitz Highway/Ala Moana from Valkenburgh Street to Kalakaua Avenue; Kalihi Street/Likelike Highway from Nimitz Highway to Kamehameha Highway; Pali Highway/Kailua Road from Vineyard Boulevard to Kailua Town; and Vineyard Boulevard from Palama Street to Punchbowl Street.

The only exception will be closure of the ZipLane from Dec. 26-30 for annual maintenance work.

Ships and subs will be decked in holiday lights

The annual Pearl Harbor Holiday Lights Tour will be held Dec. 20-23 at Pearl Harbor Naval Station, featuring ships and submarines dressed in holiday lighting.

The 25-minute boat tour around the harbor will take visitors near the Battleship Missouri and the USS Arizona Memorial.

Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. with a boat departing every 20 minutes. The last boat will depart at 8:45 p.m.

Guests depart from the Halawa boat landing near the Halawa Gate entrance, adjacent to the Arizona Memorial Visitors Center. Parking is available outside the gate.


Correction

Tapa

Bullet A Jan. 11 public hearing on a proposal to ban the feeding of wild animals is at 6 p.m. at the state Capitol. A story in the Dec. 11 Star-Bulletin had an incorrect time.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Man, 52, sentenced to 20 years in drug sting

A man convicted in one of the state's biggest "reverse" drug stings was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in federal prison.

Robin Saya, 52, could have faced a longer prison term if he had not taken responsibility for the charges a jury convicted him of almost a year ago.

His sentencing before U.S. District Judge Alan C. Kay ended a case that was marred by a mistrial, a change of venue and allegations of jury tampering and intimidation.

Saya yesterday admitted to conspiring and attempting to possess with intent to distribute 50 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, or ice. He also admitted, upon prompting by the court, that $230,000 he brought to the Waikiki condominium of an associate in October 1995 was from "gambling and small kine drug deals."

The government had questioned the source of the money since Saya did not have any verifiable employment at the time.

U.S. Attorney Steve Alm said the amount of money Saya and five co-defendants came up with in a short time showed the attraction of crystal methamphetamine.

Kay, in determining the sentence, also considered Saya's diminished mental capacity at the time of the offense -- a result of injuries from an earlier assassination attempt -- and the government's over-representation of his criminal history.

Waipahu woman stabbed; police question boyfriend

A woman was stabbed in the abdomen early today during a domestic argument at a Pupunohe Street apartment building in Waipahu. The incident was reported to police at 2:31 a.m.

The woman, 20, was taken to Queen's Hospital. At the request of the patient, the hospital is not releasing information on her condition.

Police arrested the woman's 23-year-old boyfriend for questioning near the scene and recovered a weapon. He was booked for attempted murder.

Pizza delivery man robbed in Kaneohe; suspect held

A pizza delivery man was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash last night on William Henry Road in Kaneohe, police said.

Police located and arrested a suspect a short time after the robbery was reported at 8:47 p.m.

The complainant told police he was confronted by the suspect, who was armed with a hunting knife, after making a delivery.

Man hit by pickup truck in critical condition

A 38-year-old man struck by a pickup truck while crossing Nimitz Highway near Sumner Street Tuesday night remains in critical condition in Queen's Hospital. The man was not in a crosswalk, investigators said.

Meanwhile, a woman motorcyclist, 50, who was injured in a Dec. 7 collision while turning onto Kawaihae Street in Hawaii Kai, has been taken off the critical list at Queen's.

Early morning fire damages Big Isle house

HILO -- Fire started by a short circuit caused $25,000 damage to a house in the remote Ocean View subdivision on the Big Island about 5 a.m. today, the Fire Department said.

Volunteer firefighters put out the blaze, saving property estimated at $30,000 at the home owned by Bill Gustafson, they said.

Police net 113 plants in Kona pot operation

KAILUA-KONA -- Police and other law enforcement agencies conducted a marijuana eradication effort in Kona from Monday through Thursday but found only 113 plants, they reported.

Detective Harley Hee said cloudy weather in the uplands prevented helicopters from flying there, and fewer plants are grown in the winter than the summer.

Besides police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Hawaii Air National Guard, and state Department of Land and Natural Resources participated in the operation.






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