Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Monday, May 23, 2005


A plane flew between explosions during a re-creation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor at the 2005 Millville Air Show yesterday in Millville, N.J. The re-enactment -- called "Tora! Tora! Tora!" -- was produced by the Commemorative Air Force of Midland, Texas, and serves as a live history lesson using authentic planes, pyrotechnics, and an elaborate commentary including the radio address by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Akaka proposes plan to understand cultures

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D) introduced a bill Thursday to help develop and implement a foreign language strategy to increase understanding of other cultures.

Akaka believes the creation of a national language director and a National Foreign Language Coordination Council will ensure implementation of key recommendations of the 2004 National Language Conference, including:

» developing policies and programs that build the nation's language and cultural understanding capability;

» engaging federal, state and local agencies and the private sector in solutions;

» identifying and increasing education of language and cultures;

» strengthening educational programs and tools in foreign languages and cultures;

» integrating language training into career fields and increasing the number of language professionals.

"We need to be able to see the world through the eyes of others if we are going to understand how to resolve the complex problems we face," Akaka said.

Mayor Kim reportedly OK after chest pains

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim was hospitalized briefly at the Queen's Medical Center after suffering chest pains, but has since been released and is reported to be fine.

Hawaii County Managing Director Dixie Kaetsu said Kim was expected to return to the Big Island yesterday after spending Friday at the Queen's Medical Center.

On Thursday morning, Kim was treated at Hilo Medical Center for "some pressure in his chest," Kaetsu said. She said he was taken to Queen's on Friday for additional testing and observation.

HPD 2005 civic award goes to Matt Levi

Matt Levi received the Honolulu Police Department's 2005 Citizenship Award last week for his contributions to the community.

The award is presented annually to a private citizen, business firm, or civic organization that has contributed directly or indirectly to HPD's achievement goals and objectives.

In 2004, Levi organized activities such as martial arts, book fairs, hiking trips and basketball clinics for youth at Puuwai Momi.

For the past 11 years, Levi, a private investigator and former KGMB reporter, has organized activities serving Kuhio Park Terrace's youth. Levi established a martial arts and mentoring program that taught karate and life skills to hundreds of young residents. Levi was also the chairman of the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honokaa man dies after Jeep overturns

A 24-year-old man died yesterday after he was involved in a car crash in Kapulena.

Police said the victim, of Honokaa, was one of three passengers in a 1979 Jeep, driven by a 40-year-old man, that was traveling northbound on Kapulena Air Strip Road near Route 240 about 10:38 p.m. Saturday.

Police said the driver lost control of the vehicle when he turned left and the Jeep overturned. The driver was flown to Hilo Medical Center in critical condition.

The other male passengers, ages 18 and 34, were taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea in stable condition.

Police said speed and alcohol appeared to be factors in the incident.

Witness steps in to halt mugging in Iwilei

Police arrested a 36-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted another man yesterday.

Police said the victim, 47, was sitting in front of the Department of the Medical Examiner on 835 Iwilei Road about 3:30 a.m. when he was approached by two males.

The two suspects demanded money from the victim. Police said the suspects began to hit and kick the victim when he refused to give them money.

A witness intervened and one of the males fled. Police said the witness held one of the suspects until police arrived. The 47-year-old man sustained a cut to his forehead.

Police arrested the 36-year-old man on suspicion of second-degree robbery.

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