City offices will close for training
Some city offices and services will be closed for special employee training on Monday, which is also the federal Columbus Day holiday.
The city and state will not be observing the holiday, and will operate as normal with several exceptions. Services closed for training include:
» All satellite city halls.
» All motor vehicle licensing, registration and permit offices.
» The city print shop.
» The city Information and Complaint Offices.
» The municipal library, records management and bookstore.
The state public library system will follow its regular schedule.
Brudda Iz's 'Facing Future' goes platinum, a first for Hawaii
The Mountain Apple Co. reports that the label's "Facing Future" album by the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has become Hawaii's first certified platinum album, selling more than a million CDs in the United States, according to figures furnished by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Kamakawiwo'ole released the CD in 1993 after a career with the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau. His other recordings were "E Ala E," "N Dis Life," "IZ in Concert: The Man and His Music" and "Alone in IZ World." His music, including "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World," has been used in movies and TV shows. "Brudda Iz" died June 26, 1997, at age 38.
» Hui Laulima in Kona recognized Francesca Weems
and Michael Monroe
of Kealakehe High School for overcoming major challenges with persistence and determination and being positive role models.
The community group consortium also recognized Jean Hull for 15 years of dedicated service in the culinary field, and the Hawaii Mass Transit Agency for improving public transportation.
» Campbell Estate has donated $100,000 to Kapolei's six public schools to improve science curriculum and technology. Kapolei High received $20,000; Kapolei Middle, $20,000; Kapolei Elementary, $15,000; Barbers Point Elementary, $15,000; Makakilo Elementary, $15,000; and Mauka Lani Elementary, $15,000.
» Megan Murai received the Bernard Kutner Award from Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Murai graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in athletic training and received the award, which recognizes a student who exemplifies scholarship and service to school, students and the community.
"Taking Notice" also runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Woman who crashed into light pole dies
A 31-year-old local woman died Tuesday from injuries suffered in an accident Sunday on Old Farrington Highway.
Police said the woman was driving westbound on Old Farrington Highway a quarter-mile west of Old Fort Weaver Road when she apparently lost control of the car and began traveling in the opposite direction and crashed into a wooden light pole.
The woman was extricated from the vehicle and taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition but later upgraded to serious condition. She died Tuesday at Queen's.
Police said speed was an apparent factor in the accident. The driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
This was the year's 59th traffic fatality on Oahu, compared with 48 last year.
Man masturbated in public, police say
A 45-year-old Nanakuli man was charged with masturbating in front of a 22-year-old woman last month.
Police said John H.P. Peahi confronted the victim at a Pearl City park on Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m. The victim later identified the suspect in a photographic lineup, and he was arrested and charged Tuesday with fourth-degree sexual assault. Peahi was later released yesterday morning on $2,000 bail.
Brother of woman who will lose eye arrested
Police arrested a 19-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted his sister and caused injuries that will result in her losing her right eye.
According to police, the suspect and the victim got into a fight on Sept. 14 in Kalihi, resulting in the victim suffering a fractured nose and eye socket. Medical exams later showed that the victim will lose her right eye permanently, and police arrested the suspect for first-degree assault.
Castle student nabbed in murder threats
A 17-year-old Windward high school student was arrested for extortion and robbery after he allegedly threatened another student to get money last month.
Police said that on Sept. 23 the suspect confronted the victim, a 16-year-old boy, on the Castle High School campus, claimed the victim owed him money and threatened to kill him if he did not come up with it the following week.
Police said the suspect confronted the victim again on Sept. 29 and demanded money or he would kill him. The suspect was later identified and arrested for first-degree extortion and second-degree robbery.
Helicopter airlifts injured Kauai hiker
Kauai fire personnel airlifted an injured 45-year-old woman from the Na Pali Coast trail Tuesday afternoon.
The woman was hiking to Kalalau with a companion when she reportedly broke her ankle at about 12:30 p.m. yesterday, according to a preliminary report, a fire official said.
The woman was about 1 3/4 miles in on the trail at Hanakapiai, a fire spokesman said.
Fire rescuers brought the woman out by helicopter at about 2 p.m. yesterday.