Deal OK'd to raise fish in high-tech sea cagesThe state Board of Land and Natural Resources has authorized a 15-year ocean leasing agreement for commercial production of fish in offshore sea cages.
A first of its kind in the state and the nation, the ocean lease agreement approved Friday is for 28 acres about two miles off Ewa Beach.
The high-tech cages will be stocked with moi, a valuable local species that has great export potential for markets in Japan and the U.S. mainland.
"This historical agreement will provide a great boost to Hawaii's growing aquaculture industry," said Gov. Ben Cayetano.
"Work on this project could very well lead to large-scale expansion of the local aquaculture industry, not only in raising moi, but also other premium market fish."
Small-business teams go on road to give infoFinancial aid and business development programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration that can boost business performance and profits will be explained by teams of small business specialists this month.
The SBA Community Outreach Walk will cover Ewa and Makakilo on Wednesday and Pearlridge, Pearl Kai and Pearl Highlands on March 21.
"Not everyone can stop by the federal building or spend a day in a class to discover the tools that SBA can provide for them," said Jane Sawyer, SBA assistant district director for entrepreneurial and business development.
For further information or to schedule an appointment with the team, call 541-2983.
Ex-UH dean to be feted at fund-raising dinnerEleven educational organizations will host a benefit dinner Friday in honor of Hubert V. Everly, former dean of the University of Hawaii-Manoa's College of Education.
Funds raised at the dinner, called "Thanks a Million Hu," will be added to an endowment for a professorial chair in Everly's name.
A distinguished scholar would be brought each year to the College of Education to research, teach courses and give public lectures.
For more information, call Sarah Moriyama at 732-2512 or Karen Muronaka at 247-4202.
Aloha Patrol to walk WaikikiThe Waikiki Business Improvement District Association embarked on a program this month to bring hospitality and security services to the streets of Waikiki.
Beginning Thursday, Aloha Patrol officers will walk throughout Waikiki to provide an added measure of safety.
The association has contracted with Burns International Security Services to provide personnel for the program.
The patrol officers will work closely with the Honolulu Police Department and private security personnel to create a friendly presence in the area.
Also, they will act as "sidewalk ambassadors" providing help and information to tourists about Waikiki and Hawaii.
Aloha Patrol officers will be stationed daily at the Waikiki Police Substation from 10 a.m. to midnight. They will patrol both sides of Kalakaua Avenue.
Starting May 1, patrols will be expanded to cover the Kalakaua-Kuhio corridor.
Family support grants offered for new ideasThe State Council on Developmental Disabilities and cooperating agencies are offering more than $100,000 in grants for development of new approaches to family support in Hawaii.
Recipients of the "Po'ohala Family Support Grant" must develop policy recommendations to influence changes in systems for better family support and community living.
They must also collect data on the outcomes of their projects.
April 30 is the deadline to apply. Forms are available at the council, 919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 113, Honolulu 96814.
For more information, call 586-8100 on Oahu; 974-4000, ext. 68100, on Maui and Hawaii; 274-3141, ext. 68100, on Kauai; and 1-800-468-4644, ext. 68100, on Molokai and Lanai.
TomorrowSome events of interest
7 p.m., CFS Building Community Center, Ewa Pedestrian Coalition meeting, 91-1841 Ft. Weaver Road. For information, 586-6360.
7 p.m., Waikiki Community Center: Waikiki Neighborhood Board meeting, 310 Paoakalani Ave.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Wanted Fugitive awaiting murder trialCrimeStoppers and the Department of Public Safety need your assistance in locating 42-year-old Vernon E. King. King was on supervised release while awaiting the April 2, 2001, trial for the alleged murder of his then wife's two year old daughter.
King is a 5'-8" black male and weighs 180 lbs, with a medium build.
At the time of the incident in 1985, King's wife was on active duty with the Navy. A bench warrant has been issued with a bail amount of $100,000.
King had been located and extradited from Indianapolis, Indiana previously.
Woman killed, man hurt in Hilo one-car accidentHILO -- A woman was killed and a 73-year-old Hilo man critically injured when their car overturned on Saddle Road above the Kaumana subdivision in Hilo yesterday.
The car was going east on Saddle Road at 11:49 a.m., 0.8 mile west of the 17-mile marker when the man lost control and the car hit the embankment and overturned on the mauka side of the roadway.
The driver was transported by Fire Department helicopter to Hilo Medical Center and later flown to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
The woman, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m. at the Hilo Medical Center. Both were wearing seat belts.
Police say speed was a factor in the accident.
It was the county's second traffic fatality, compared to seven the same time last year.
Maui man dies as truck he's riding in crashesWAILUKU -- A Lahaina man died at Maui Memorial Medical Center after the truck he was riding in crashed last night in central Maui.
Bradford Chung died after the pickup truck went off a curve while traveling west on Pulehu Road and struck a utility pole before rolling over an embankment.
The 7:53 p.m. accident occurred about 2.3 miles east of Hansen Road, said traffic investigator William Hankins.
Hankins said the 19-year-old operator of the vehicle refused treatment and was released.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.
The death was Maui's 6th traffic fatality this year.
HFD finds student's body near Kaiser surf spotHonolulu Fire Department divers recovered the body of an 18-year-old University of Hawaii student from Oregon yesterday morning off Portlock Point near the Kaiser surf spot outside the former Kaiser Estate.
The victim and another 21-year-old man were swept into the ocean and washed against the rocks in the area of Maunalua Bay known as "China Walls," said fire Capt. Richard Soo. The 21-year-old was treated for facial injuries.
Soo described China Walls as an unpublicized danger zone where young people dive off the cliffs. He said the water appears placid until large waves come in.
The Coast Guard and firefighters searched until 10:41 p.m. Saturday night but were unable to locate the man.
The Coast Guard and firefighters resumed searching at first light yesterday morning.
Fire department divers spotted the body at 9:09 a.m. and removed it at 9:23 a.m. yesterday.
Suspect, 53, arrested in Waikiki knife threatA 53-year-old man was arrested Saturday night after he reportedly threatened another man with a silver-colored knife.
The 45-year-old victim told police he was sitting on a wall at Kalakaua and Kealohilani avenues when the suspect approached him at 11:40 p.m.
The victim fled and flagged down on an officer driving by.
The suspect was identified and arrested for first-degree terroristic threatening.
Kalihi man, 25, arrested after hitting police carPolice arrested a 25-year-old Kalihi man who reversed his car into a police car Saturday night.
A Waikiki Crime Reduction Unit officer saw the suspect driving near the Ilikai Hotel with the car lights off about 7:30 p.m.
The officer checked the license plates and discovered the car was stolen.
The man, who has 11 prior arrests, then struck the officer's car, which was parked behind him, police said.
The man was arrested on auto theft, firearms and drug charges. Cash and drugs were recovered, police said.
The vehicle, which was stolen Feb. 2, was returned to its owner.
Police arrest one, seek 2 in attempted robberyOne man is in custody and police are looking for two other suspects who allegedly tried to rob a 25-year-old man and his wife when they went to pick up their daughter at her grandparent's home in Pearl City yesterday morning.
The couple left their car parked in front of the house on Koaheahe Place and returned to find three men in their car and a white pickup truck parked next to the car, police said.
When a 20-year-old suspect left the car, the 25-year-old man gave chase. The suspect brandished what appeared to be a gun before being captured by the man, police said.
The two other men fled in the pickup truck.