Salvation Army to open holiday giving activities
The Salvation Army will kick off its annual holiday giving programs tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in downtown Tamarind Park on Bishop Square.
The event is the first of the Salvation Army's Christmas drive activities, and features the Red Kettle bell ringing campaign. Other activities include the Angel Tree program, the Lokahi Giving Project and the Toys for Tots program.
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann will drop the ceremonial first donation into the red kettle.
Melveen Leed and Na Kupuna Makua Alii senior halau will provide musical entertainment.
"We're looking forward to starting the holidays by letting people know that their holiday donations really make a difference to brighten Christmas for many struggling families in Hawaii," said Maj. Dave Hudson, Salvation Army divisional commander. "We are deeply grateful for the tremendous generosity that each one provides to benefit so many families who are less fortunate."
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Traffic accident closes Kamehameha Highway
Police were investigating a critical four-car accident at 7:30 p.m. last night near Dole Plantation that closed Kamehameha Highway in both directions.
Traffic was being rerouted at Weed Circle and Pineapple Triangle Park to Kamananui and Kaukonahua roads.
Speeding motorcyclist dies in crash in Ewa
A 23-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier died early yesterday after he lost control of his motorcycle on a wet roadway and crashed while trying to pass a car in Ewa, police said.
The accident happened on West Loch Drive south of Iroquois Road at 12:35 a.m. when the man lost control of his 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle on a blind curve and hit a concrete barrier, police said. He landed in a grassy area near the roadway and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said speed was a factor and the motorcyclist, who suffered head injuries, was not wearing a helmet.
26-year-old driver dies in crash on Lanai
A 26-year-old man died yesterday in a one-vehicle accident on Lanai, Maui police said.
Boyd Dean Walker was driving a 1967 Ford military Jeep on Manele Highway north of Manele Service Road at 4:15 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a sharp turn, lost control and flipped the vehicle on its side.
Walker and three passengers were taken to Lanai Community hospital, where he was pronounced dead as a result of injuries. The three passengers were treated and released.
Family safe after fire at Niu Valley house
A home in Niu Valley suffered $100,000 in damage from an early morning fire yesterday.
Firefighters received a call at 4:20 a.m. and arrived at the home at 4:28 a.m. to find a carport area burning, said Capt. Tenison Tejada. The fire destroyed one car parked in the driveway and caused about $100,000 damage to the home and $20,000 damage to contents, he said.
A man and a woman who live in the house at 215 Halemaumau St. were able to get out to safety, Tejada said. Their two adult daughters, who also live there, were not home at the time of the fire.
The cause has not been determined. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.