WIE GIVES CLINTON $500,000
FOR GULF HURRICANE VICTIMS
Former President Bill Clinton received a check for $500,000 from Michelle Wie yesterday for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. The check was presented at Southern Highlands golf course in Las Vegas, where the two played a round of golf after the presentation. Clinton called the Hawaii teen pro "truly an inspiration on and off the course."
New members sought for humpback council
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants to fill eight primary seats and eight alternate seats for its advisory council.
The application deadline has been extended to Nov. 15.
Managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the sanctuary needs to fill these vacancies: education, fishing, Hawaii County resident, Honolulu resident, Kauai resident, Maui resident, native Hawaiian and research.
The general public is welcome to apply for the nongovernmental seats, but they must be Hawaii residents.
Applications can be obtained by contacting coordinator Keeley Belva at 397-2651, ext. 248, or by e-mailing Keeley.Belva@noaa.gov. They are also available at hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov.
Mail completed forms to Keeley Belva, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, 6600 Kalanianaole Highway, Suite 301, Honolulu, HI 96825.
HECO and co-sponsors giving away small trees
Hawaiian Electric Co. and its co-sponsors are giving away 2,200 trees and shrubs Saturday morning in honor of Arbor Day at six sites on Oahu.
The supply is given away on a first-come, first-served basis and is usually exhausted within the first two hours.
The potted trees are small enough to be carried easily by hand.
Experts will be on hand to give advice on selecting the appropriate plant for different climates. Also available will be free brochures on siting, planting and caring of the plants, and a guide on "Common Hawaiian Trees" that can be purchased.
Co-sponsors of the annual event include the Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program under the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Urban Garden Center, the Wahiawa Botanical Garden of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, and the Waimea Valley Audubon Center.
For more information on Arbor Day, visit www.arbordayhawaii.org. Plants will be distributed at these locations:
» Waianae -- 7 a.m., HECO Kahe power plant, 92-200 Farrington Highway.
» Pearl City -- 7 a.m., Urban Garden Center, 955 Kamehameha Highway.
» Honolulu -- 7 a.m., HECO facility, 820 Ward Ave.
» Kailua -- 7 a.m., HECO Koolau base yard, 1387 Ulupii St.
» Wahiawa -- 7 a.m., Wahiawa Botanical Garden, 1396 California Ave.
» North Shore -- 9 a.m., Waimea Valley Audubon Center, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Pedestrian hit by pickup dies in Kahuku
A pedestrian in his 60s died last night after being struck by a pickup truck on Kamehameha Highway in front of the Kahuku Sugar Mill.
It was the weekend's third traffic-related fatality.
The accident happened in the Haleiwa-bound lane of the highway about 7:04 p.m., and vehicle-homicide detectives were investigating the crash last night. They did not immediately have details on what caused the crash. An Emergency Medical Services dispatcher said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police closed the Haleiwa-bound lane from the sugar mill to Pualalei Street for several hours last night as they investigated. Traffic was being diverted onto a private access road parallel to Kamehameha Highway.
On Saturday, 73-year-old Ok Nam Lee died at the Queen's Medical Center after she was struck by a 1997 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle driven by an off-duty Honolulu police officer. Lee was struck near the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Atkinson Drive about 5:39 a.m.
Police said the 52-year-old detective driving the SUV was heading Waikiki-bound to a special assignment when the accident happened.
Also, a 51-year-old woman who was struck by a jeep on Friday while crossing Kalanianaole Highway died Saturday at Queen's. The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office identified her as Patricia M. Adams of Kailua. About 9:27 p.m. Friday, police said, Adams was crossing Kalanianaole Highway in a crosswalk at Kanapuu Drive when she was struck by jeep operated by a 44-year-old Waimanalo woman traveling south on the highway.
Adams was taken to Queen's in critical condition. An autopsy will be performed today. So far this year, 65 pedestrians have died on Oahu roads, compared with 54 at the same time in 2004, police said.
Stabbing victim critical after brawl near club
A 30-year-old man was taken to a hospital in critical condition Saturday after he suffered a stab wound in a brawl that occurred in front of a Kalihi nightclub.
About 1:46 a.m. Saturday, police said a fight broke out between several men fronting a nightclub at 508 Waiakamilo Road.
Police arrived and located two men with injuries. One of the two victims appeared to have a stab wound. A third men, who also had an apparent stab wound, was seen fleeing the scene in a vehicle.
A fourth man later returned to the scene and told police that he was assaulted with beer bottles and a cue stick.
Police said it was unclear whether the victims were also suspects in the brawl. One of the four victims, a 30-year-old man, was taken to a hospital in critical condition from a stab wound. There were no arrests.
Couple found safe after night in woods
A couple in their 30s were rescued yesterday in a remote spot of Kualoa Ranch after spending a night in the woods.
The two are believed to be visitors from the mainland, but that could not be immediately confirmed. They were both taken to the Castle Medical Center in stable condition yesterday afternoon.
Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Emmit Kane said Kualoa Ranch employees heard the two yelling for help about 3:15 p.m. yesterday. The couple had gone out hiking about 10 a.m. Saturday but apparently had not been reported missing.
An Emergency Medical Services supervisor said the man slid down a 60-foot embankment and sustained some injuries to his legs. Both the man and the woman suffered from slight dehydration.
Boyfriend is charged in alleged choking
A 32-year-old man was charged for allegedly choking his girlfriend. He is identified as Michael P. Gibbs of no local address. About 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, police said, the couple, who have been together for 13 years, were arguing at a Mililani home when Gibbs choked her until she passed out, and then took her car. Police said she sustained bruising to her neck and upper chest.
Gibbs was charged Saturday for second-degree assault, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and second-degree escape. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.