Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Monday, June 20, 2005

Contest dangles toys and money at babies

Hawaii babies could win a $2,500 U.S. Savings Bond, toys and other prizes in the 52nd annual Meadow Gold Healthy Baby Contest.

All contestants must be Hawaii residents born between Dec. 9, 2002, and Jan. 9, 2004. They will be judged on appearance, health and personality.

Preliminary rounds will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 at the Town Center of Mililani and July 16 at Ala Moana CenterStage and will feature a performance by 12-year-old Makaha singer Paul Robbins, who appeared twice on the "Oprah Winfrey Show." The finals held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24 at Ala Moana CenterStage will feature a performance by 17-year-old singer and actress Tani Lynn Fujimoto, who will star in the Discovery Kids program "29 Down."

The deadline to enter is Friday. To enter:

» Log on to www.lanimoo.com.
» Call the Meadow Gold Consumer Line 944-5944 to request a registration form by mail or fax.
» Pick up a registration form at the Ala Moana or Town Center of Mililani customer service centers.

Fourth of July show among nation's biggest

Ala Moana Center's Fourth of July fireworks display is expected to be the third largest in the nation this year, behind New York and Boston.

The show started 14 years ago and also features music, food and shopping.

"Each year, the event is bigger and better than the year before, as we aim to wow the crowd gathered to enjoy the live entertainment and fireworks," said Jasmine Tso, marketing and promotions director for Ala Moana Center.

The mall has hired California-based Pyro Spectaculars by Souza to produce the display. The company has created fireworks shows for theme parks and cities across the country, including the Olympics, the Super Bowl and Disneyland.

On Independence Day, entertainment will start at noon at Ala Moana's CenterStage, followed by a 6 p.m. free outdoor concert at the mall level, makai parking deck fronting Sears. Performers include the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band, the Makaha Sons and Go Jimmy Go.

The fireworks display will start at 8:30 p.m.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Swimmer punches shark off Kamaole

WAILUKU, MAUI » A swimmer said he punched a 7-foot-long tiger shark on its snout Saturday as it cruised up toward him about 35 yards off Kamaole I beach park in South Maui.

"He was two feet away from my face when I threw the punch. It was pretty amazing," said Brad Grissom, 49, of Kula.

"Then I just bolted straight to shore."

Grissom, who swims regularly as part of his triathlete training, said he feared what might have happened to him if he had not struck the shark.

Grissom said the water was a little murky that day. County lifeguards closed the nearby beaches after hearing about Grissom's encounter at 7:45 a.m. Saturday. The beaches were reopened after about 4 1/2 hours.

Man allegedly runs over girlfriend's legs

Police have arrested a man for attempted murder after he allegedly ran over his girlfriend's legs in Honolulu late Saturday.

Police said the suspect, 29, and his girlfriend, 19, were arguing about their relationship while they were sitting in a vehicle about 10 p.m. The victim got out of the vehicle and lay down behind the vehicle on the roadway in an attempt to prevent the suspect from driving off.

Police said the suspect put the vehicle in reverse and "ran over" the victim's legs. He then put the vehicle into drive and ran over her legs a second time.

Police said the 29-year-old man left the area before ambulance and police arrived. Police said the 19-year-old woman was taken to the Queen's Medical Center and treated for minor injuries, which included abrasions to her legs.

51-year-old driver dies after car crash

A 51-year-old man died yesterday after his car struck two rock walls and a large tree in Aiea.

Police said the man was driving northbound on Aliipoe Drive in a green 1987 four-door Pontiac about 8:35 a.m. yesterday when he veered off the road onto the shoulder.

The driver struck a small shrub and the rock walls before hitting a tree near Hokea Street. He was taken to Pali Momi Medical Center in critical condition and pronounced dead at the hospital.

The man was wearing his seat belt, and speed and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash.

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