Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Radio stations back on the air

Two radio stations whose North Shore frequencies were knocked out in a heavy thunderstorm last month went back on the air yesterday.

The storm, on Oct. 30, knocked out electricity to a tower for Hawaii Public Radio's 88.7 FM and KTUH's 91.3 FM, both of which also have frequencies that serve other parts of Oahu.

Hawaiian Electric Co. had to fly a transformer up to the tower's remote location in the Waianae Mountains to restore power, said Jay Hartwell, media adviser for KTUH, which is run by students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Palestinians will observe anniversary

A local peace group will demonstrate Monday afternoon outside the state Capitol and the Prince Kuhio Federal Building as a "Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People."

The demonstration marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1947 United Nations partition plan for Palestine that called for establishment of independent Jewish and Arab states.

It is sponsored by the Friends of Sabeel in Hawaii, a group that advocates peace and justice for residents of the Palestinian territories.


» Smith Barney, a division of Citicorp, has given $500 to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church's Corporal Outreach Program.

» Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Junior Achievement of Hawaii in support of its K-12 education programs on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.

» The Kuakini Foundation has received $10,000 from Japanese entertainer Itsuki Hiroshi, a longtime Hawaii resident who also lives in Japan.

» The YWCA of Oahu has received $5,000 from the Friends of Hawaii Charities to support its Dress for Success Honolulu program, which helps low-income women make the transition into the work force. The money was raised at the January 2004 Sony Open.

» Avis Rent A Car System Inc. has donated $3,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaii, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical |conditions.


Postal Service releases suggested holiday mailing dates

There are still 29 shopping days before Christmas, but it's not too early for Hawaii residents to be thinking holiday thoughts if they are planning to mail gifts to friends and relatives on the mainland or overseas. Below are the suggested holiday mailing dates for mainland, military and international destinations.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Man in critical condition after crash

A 43-year-old man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition last night after a two-car accident at the intersection of North King Street and Waiakamilo Road.

Police said the accident happened about 5:12 p.m. when a car ran a red light at the intersection, broadsiding the victim's vehicle. No other injuries were reported.

The intersection was closed for several hours last night as police investigated the crash.

Short-circuiting fan likely cause of blaze

A fire early yesterday that destroyed a McCully home was likely caused by a short-circuiting fan, fire officials said.

The official cause of the blaze, which started about 4:30 a.m. at 1813 Algaroba St., has not yet been determined.

The fire caused an estimated $340,000 in damage to the home and its contents. Firefighters put out the flames within 10 minutes.

Driver dies after slamming into pole

An 18-year-old Haleiwa man died early yesterday in a single-car crash on Kamehameha Highway near Shark's Cove, police said.

The accident happened about 4 a.m. when the 1994 beige Nissan Maxima the man was driving Kahuku-bound on Kamehameha Highway veered onto the left shoulder and hit a utility pole.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man did not appear to be wearing a seat belt, police said. It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

2-car collision kills North Kohala woman

A 34-year-old woman died yesterday afternoon in a two-car collision near the 31-mile marker on Hawaii Belt Road, Big Island police said.

The victim was identified as Aileen Purdy of North Kohala.

The accident happened about 1 p.m. when Purdy, driving a 2000 Toyota four-door sedan toward Hilo, struck a guardrail on the mauka side of the road, hit a concrete railing on the Kaholo Bridge and then crossed the center line, colliding head-on with a 2003 Ford F-350 pickup truck.

Two children in the Toyota, ages 3 and 14, were taken to the Hilo Medical Center and North Hawaii Community Hospital. The extent of their injuries was unknown.

The truck's 57-year-old driver, of Hilo, and his wife were taken to the Hilo Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. It is unclear whether speed was a factor, police said.

Match-playing child starts home blaze

A child playing with matches caused a fire that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to a single-family home in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island on Thursday, officials said.

Firefighters were called to 76-0295 Kanaka Place about 8:17 a.m. No one was hurt in the blaze. The fire was contained to the master bedroom and garage, but there was smoke and heat damage to the entire house, fire officials said.

Apartment fire causes $70,000 in damage

WAILUKU » A fire caused an estimated $70,000 in damage to the structure and contents of a second-floor, one-bedroom apartment Thursday afternoon in Central Maui.

Fire Battalion Chief Alan Pascua said no one was injured and the renter was not home when the fire at 508 Pohai St. in Kahului broke out about 3:50 p.m.

Pascua said the cause of the fire, which began in the living room, was being investigated.

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