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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, August 6, 2003


Japanese center hosts summer fest

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will hold its annual summer festival, Natsu Matsuri, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring traditional dancing and music. Admission is free but nominal fees will be charged for activities.

An indoor bon dance with some of Hawaii's most popular bon dance groups and musicians will be held in the Moiliili Ballroom on the fifth floor.

The Hawaii Matsuri Taiko Group and the Shinnyo-En Taiko will perform taiko drumming while dancers of the Miyazono Minyo Buyo Kai and the Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai will also perform. Members of the Kilauea Minbu Kai will lead a traditional folk dance called the Soran Bushi.

Festivities also include dressing up in a yukata, or summer festival kimono, for a photo. There will be games for children, food and crafts.

The festival is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. For more information, call the center at 945-7633.





Police/Fire

Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin staff

HONOLULU

Man sought in Friday robbery of airport-area bank

Police want help identifying the man who robbed the airport branch of Hawaii National Bank on Friday.

Art Police said the suspect entered the bank and demanded money, saying he had a gun. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The suspect was described as in his late 40s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a heavy build. He was also wearing clear prescription glasses.

Anyone with information should call Robbery Detective Michael Ogawa at 529-3357 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

2 people allegedly beat man with bottles

Police are looking for a man and a woman who assaulted a 19-year-old Kaimuki man with beer bottles and a bat and drove off with the man's car early yesterday.

The victim told police he picked up a woman in Waikiki Monday night then drove her to Makaha where she directed him to pick up her brother. The man told police after he picked up the woman's brother that they demanded money, then assaulted him in his car about 3:20 a.m. He said the suspects drove off with his car after was able to get away.

Police found the victim on the side of Farrington Highway near Kili Drive after he called 911. He was bleeding from cuts on his face and head. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center-West.

The victim described the suspects as a man and woman, both in their 30s. Police said the man was unable to provide more details of the incident because he was intoxicated.

The man's car is a champagne color 1994 Nissan with license plate FWA 622.

LEEWARD OAHU

Windshield dispute leads to shovel attack

Police arrested a 42-year-old Kalihi man for investigation of assault Monday after he allegedly hit another man on the head with a shovel because he thought the other man broke his car windshield.

The suspect was camping with his family at Lualualei Beach Park when he awoke about 10 p.m. to find his windshield smashed, police said. He chased after the man he thought was responsible and hit him with a shovel, police said.

The victim, a 45-year-old man with no local address, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center-West for a cut to the back of his head. Police later discovered that someone else had broken the windshield.

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