Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

U.S. immigration office moves support center

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's Honolulu District Office will relocate its application support center tomorrow to the Ala Moana Building, formerly known as the Gold Bond building.

The center takes the fingerprints of applicants for immigrant benefits and receives applications for renewal of expiring resident alien cards, or "green cards."

The new facility, at 677 Ala Moana, Nos. 102/103, will be larger than the current facility, which is also on Ala Moana, and be able to handle procedures more efficiently.

The center will offer free validated parking and is one block from the Immigration District Office. Hours of operation will continue to be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Private firm contracted for Navy repair services

The Navy has signed a contract with a private company to provide repair and maintenance services to Navy ships at Pearl Harbor.

Honolulu Shipyard Inc. will provide the services for one year, with the option to extend its contract for an additional four years, a year at a time.

"This is good news for our economy," U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, said earlier in the week. "It means jobs and paychecks for island families, and the ripple effect will be felt by dozens of small businesses."

Search continues for fisher who fell off boat

Coast Guard officials continued to search for a 32-year-old fisherman after he fell off a boat today 114 miles southwest of Oahu.

The Coast Guard received a distress signal at 2 a.m. Thirty minutes later, the Coast Guard's cutter, Jarvis, heard a mayday call of a man overboard while on security patrol.

An HC-130 plane was dispatched at 3:24 a.m. assist with the search.

The fisherman has been identified as Wayne Eliam, said Lauren Smith, spokeswoman for the Coast Guard. Eliam, one of seven people aboard the 54-foot power fishing vessel Two Star, was not wearing a life jacket, she said.

The other six people are still aboard the vessel.

After 14 hours the cutter and an HH-65 rescue helicopter continue to search for the missing boater.

[Taking notice]

>> The Hawaii Youth Symphony Association has elected new board members: Kerry Jean Muranaka and Leslie Murata.

>> The Salvation Army has received a $37,500 grant from the McInerny Foundation to support families facing hardship because of the economic downturn.

>> Hawaiian Swimming has been awarded $3,200 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Hawaii Preservation Services Fund. The seed grant will help fund a design for an exhibit that will trace the history of competitive swimming in Hawaii.

>> The USS Missouri Memorial Association has received a $25,000 grant from the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation for its capital campaign for restoration and development.

>> The Mental Health Association in Hawaii has received contributions and grants totaling $8,500 from three organizations. The Public Health Fund of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii donated $5,000. AstraZenica Pharmaceuticals and the Servco Foundation donated $2,500 and $1,000, respectively, through the Aloha United Way. The Mental Health Association in Hawaii is also an Aloha United Way agency.

>> Red Lobster and the Ho-nolulu Police Department have raised $2,198 for Special Olympics as part of the restaurant's Cops and Lobsters program. HPD officers served customers at Red Lobster and donated the tips they received to Special Olympics. Since 1995, Red Lobster has raised $6 million nationwide through the Cops and Lobsters program.

>> Read Aloud America has received a $5,000 grant from the Atherton Family Foundation. The money will be used to expand RAP to a new school site in 2001. Since 1999, RAP has served over 27,000 students through 12 programs in Hawaii public schools.

>> The U.S. Department of Defense, in conjunction with the Joint Venture Education Forum, has awarded the Hawaii Public School System $288,000. The money was given to purchase textbooks for more than 14,000 K-3 students at 50 public schools in the state. In addition, the schools involved were able to raise partial matching funds, increasing the total available to $436,000.

>> Hawaii County has won two awards from Hawaii's electrical utilities for energy efficiency projects: 27 county police and fire stations that were retrofitted with more energy-efficient lighting, and the county Traffic Division's conversion of red traffic signals from 100-watt incandescent lamps to more energy-efficient 22-watt LEDs.

>> The Good Beginnings Alliance has awarded continuing educational scholarships from the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps Early Childhood Hawaii program. Six recipients are teachers in licensed early childhood programs: Jodi Hata of St. Clement's School, Stacie Lynn Myers of Nuuanu Baptist Preschool, Melanie Pine of Central Union Preschool, Mele Silsby of Kaimuki Christian Preschool, Jennifer Ueno of First Baptist Church of Haleiwa and Michelle Wofford of Kamaaina Kids-Ewa. Three licensed family child-care providers were also among the first set of recipients: Donna Howard of Wahiawa, Pragya Pandey of Honolulu and Darron Spencer of Wahiawa.

>> The American Cancer Society has received $5,000 from Ralph Rosenberg Court Reporters Inc. for camp programs for children with cancer.

>> Susan Lee of Kailua has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C.

Corrections and clarifications

>> David Maki is the Hanapepe beekeeper who was an extra in the movie "To End All Wars." He was incorrectly referred to as Robert Maki in a report yesterday on the movie's premiere.

>> Former Star-Bulletin editor Riley Allen was married in his later years. A Today story Friday about Allen's Red Cross adventures in the film "The Children's Ark" said incorrectly that he never married.

>> Earth, Wind and Fire tickets are on sale at the Blaisdell box office and Ticket Plus outlets at $55 and $45. A brief in yesterday's Today section said incorrectly that the tickets would go on sale this Saturday.

Corrections and clarifications

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Publisher and Editor in Chief John Flanagan at 529-4748 or email him at

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By Star-Bulletin staff

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Woman, 18, dies after car hits telephone pole

An 18-year-old woman died yesterday when her car ran off Farrington Highway near the Ko Olina golf course.

At about 8 a.m. the driver was traveling eastbound in a red 1991 Pontiac LeMans when she lost control and struck a telephone pole, police said.

She was taken by ambulance to the Queen's Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.


Male suspect charged with stabbing 2 in Kalihi

A 30-year-old man was charged Sunday night for allegedly stabbing two men in Kalihi on Saturday.

Benjamin Iosiuo was charged with two counts of assault. His bail is set at $100,000.

At about 4:45 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a disturbance at Kahanu Street and Puuhale Road. Police said two men were arrested for the stabbing of two Kalihi men. The victims' wounds were not life-threatening, police said.

The other suspect, also age 30, was released pending investigation.

Sunday motorcycle crash fatal for Pearl City man

A 54-year-old Pearl City man died at the Queen's Medical Center yesterday from severe head injuries suffered Sunday in a motorcycle accident in the Mapunapuna area, police said.

Investigators said the man's 1995 Harley-Davidson failed to make a right turn on the Ahua Street offramp and slid into the curb about 10 a.m.


Samoan woman killed in Hilo accident is ID'd

HILO >> Police have identified a woman killed in a Saddle Road car accident Saturday as Savaliatoa Ape, 26, of American Samoa, a student at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Ape, a passenger, was thrown from the car when it went off the road and overturned several times, police said.

Five other women, including the driver, were in fair condition after the crash.

Police are asking witnesses to call 326-4277 or 961-2332.

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