Heavy rain forecast for Windward Oahu
The National Weather Service predicted heavy Windward showers for this morning but did not expect a repeat of the Sunday night downpour that dumped nearly 11 inches in Punaluu.
The forecast is for "numerous" showers brought by a band of clouds and moisture that was approaching the islands from the east at about 20 mph and expected to arrive early today.
"We expect them to move off to the west rather than becoming anchored," said forecaster Tom Birchard. Changes in wind patterns caused the rain to be anchored over the Koolaus early yesterday, he said.
Korean star donates $5,000 for Waianae
A $5,000 donation from Korean pop music star Kim Bum Soo will help fund a substance abuse support services program in Waianae, state officials announced yesterday.
Kim, who was in Honolulu for the recent K-Drama Music Festival, announced the donation at a news conference with Gov. Linda Lingle and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona.
"I'm well aware of the terrible effect that drugs can do to those that abuse it," Kim said in a statement. "It's not just an issue in one area, but an international dilemma.
"I would like to use my celebrity status as a positive influence to others about their decisions to stay drug-free."
Kim's single "Hello Good-bye Hello" first cracked the U.S. Billboard chart in 2001, and his fan base spreads from Korea to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Hawaii.
His donation is earmarked for Malama Recovery Services at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center, a program that provides social and financial support to people who are coming out of drug or alcohol abuse treatment.
"This money will be put to very, very good use," Aiona said, "because most of the people who are in these services either have very limited funds, don't have funds at all or have no insurance coverage."
Manoa board takes up flood's effect on kids
State counselors, education experts and Red Cross officials will talk at tomorrow's Manoa Neighborhood Board meeting about how disasters affect children.
The discussion comes after residents raised concerns about how youths were coping with last year's Halloween eve flood.
"Residents wanted to know what services were available to help children cope with what happened during the flood and the after-effects," said Nadine Nishioka, chairwoman of the Manoa Neighborhood Board.
Representatives from the state Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, Honolulu Family Guidance Center, Red Cross and state Education Department will speak at the 7 p.m. meeting.
» The Hawaii Psychological Association and American Psychological Association have announced the following winners of Healthy Workplace Awards in the fifth statewide program to promote psychological health in the workplace:
Easter Seals Hawaii, nonprofit; Kailua Public Library, government; 15th Medical Group, Hickam Air Force Base, military; M. Dyer & Sons Inc., business, and First Insurance Co., large business. Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard was honored with a new "Best of the Best" Exemplary Practices Award.
Drake Beil, member of the awards committee, said: "With more than 60 percent of workplace absences related to psychological problems and more than 90 percent of all accidents caused by personal and stress-related problems, a healthy workplace is everybody's business.
"These awards foster awareness of what excellence in the workplace looks like, establishing objective criteria based on sound research and recognizing great companies to work for in Hawaii."
» Carrie Sato, a teacher at Kaiser High School, was among 15 teachers from the United States chosen to take part in a summer study seminar in the Netherlands and England sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
» The East-West Center has awarded $31,400 from its Tsunami Relief Fund to the Ar-Raniry State Institute for Islamic Studies in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to enable the institute's students in the tsunami-ravaged provincial capital to complete their college degrees in Jakarta.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Kauai car crash kills 1, injures 4
One person died and four were injured yesterday morning in a two-car crash on Kuhio Highway near mile marker 1 in Kapaia.
Police said the four injured persons were taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital where they were treated. One of them was medevaced to the Queen's Medical Center.
Police said speed was a factor in the crash.
It was the sixth traffic fatality on Kauai this year.
HPD seeks driver of stolen car in Kaneohe
Police were looking for the driver of a stolen vehicle who was seen speeding along Kamehameha Highway and Mokulele Drive in Kaneohe early Sunday.
A patrol officer stated that he saw the suspect vehicle speed past him at 2:25 a.m. and measured it going 75 mph in a 35 mph zone. When stopped, the driver, a male, fled on foot, as did a female passenger.
A check of the vehicle showed the ignition missing and locks on both doors also damaged. Police later found and arrested the 23-year-old female suspect for investigation of auto theft.
Man arrested in family assault
Police charged a 26-year-old Kamehameha Heights man after he allegedly slapped and punched three family members while at a church function last weekend.
Joshua Milo was charged with second-degree assault after allegedly becoming angry at his daughter and slapping her, then allegedly slapping his wife when she tried to intervene on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. Police said the suspect's brother also tried to intervene, and the suspect punched him in the nose and broke it. Milo was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Forgery suspect caught on Kalakaua
Police arrested a 54-year-old man Sunday after he allegedly tried to purchase two ice cream bars at a convenience store with a counterfeit bill.
The suspect entered 7-Eleven on Kalakaua Avenue about 2:50 a.m. Sunday and presented a counterfeit $10 bill for two ice cream bars.
The suspect was detained until police arrived. The man later presented a city bus pass that had been altered.
The 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree forgery.