Kauai beaches close in face of big surf
HANALEI » High surf on the northern and eastern shores yesterday prompted Kauai lifeguards to close North Shore beaches to swimmers.
Kaleo Hookano, Kauai Ocean Safety Bureau supervisor, said the surf, in the 8- to 15-foot face-height range with bigger sets, was causing strong rip currents all over the North Shore. That prompted lifeguards to prohibit swimming from Hanalei to Haena, officials said.
Surf at some of the less accessible spots on Kauai's northeastern shore had big sets rolling in, some with wave faces as big as 25 feet. Hookano said lifeguards were busy in Hanalei and Haena, but they did not make any rescues.
The north swell is expected to slowly subside today, and lifeguards are expected to reopen beaches to swimmers this morning, officials said.
Stadium manager position still open
The deadline to apply for the position of Aloha Stadium manager, which includes planning, directing and coordinating events at the outdoor arena, is Dec. 20. It is an immediate vacancy and pays up to $79,866 a year.
Applicants should have any "combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for acceptable job performance," according to the position's job description.
Applications must be mailed to the Stadium Authority; Attention: Personnel Office; P.O. Box 30666; Honolulu, HI 96820.
Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Applicants must be available for a personal interview. For more information, contact Deborah Ishihara at 486-9503.*
Maui's DLNR office is moving Monday
The Maui office of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources' Boating and Ocean Recreation is moving to 210 Imi Kala Drive, Suite 205, in the Millyard Industrial area of Wailuku, effective Monday.
During the transition this week, Maui boaters needing assistance are asked to call the Lahaina Harbor office at 243-5818 or the Maalaea Harbor office at 662-4060. The Wailuku office phone number will remain 243-5824.
» The University of Hawaii's Air Force ROTC Detachment 175
beat more than a dozen units to win the High Flight Award in the Southwest Region. The award recognizes the unit with the highest level of excellence in a number of leadership categories. Capt. Mario Perez
received individual recognition as the region's Admissions Officer of the Year.
» The Hawaii State Federal Credit Union awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 16 outstanding students from its membership. The recipients and the schools they are attending: Shannon Lau, Creighton; Farrah Sefo, Chaminade; Jamie Tomita, Oregon State; Patricia Bufalini, University of San Francisco; Sharon Lum, University of Hawaii; Brian Goo, University of Denver; Maria Nerissa Sadaya, Hawaii; Jeffrey Akamine, UCLA; Joleen Oshiro, Stanford; Bryson Hori, Hawaii; Lily Ching, UH-West Oahu; Tishanna Supnet, Hawaii Pacific University; Jared Yokoyama, St. John's College; Yancey Rowe, Kapiolani Community College; Wilbert Adams Jr., University of Phoenix; and Collin Siu, Willamette University.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
» The Aloha Stadium Web site does not have information on the vacant stadium manager position. A Newswatch item on Page A3 yesterday incorrectly said information about the position was available on the Web site.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Falling rock in Lualualei strikes boy on head
A boy approximately 12 to 14 years old was struck by a football-size rock while on a mountainside in Lualualei yesterday afternoon.
The boy was with a group of youths shooting a video on the side of a mountain on Hakimo Road, fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said.
The rock dislodged above the youths and hit the boy on the head, and he tumbled or slid down the mountain, Tejada said. The boy was airlifted to safety and taken by ambulance to the Queen's Medical Center.
Waipahu man reports drive-by shooting
A 23-year-old man told police he was hanging out with friends at his Waipahu home when someone fired shots at his house and vehicle Sunday night.
Police said the man and his friends heard the shots at about 10:30 p.m. and then saw a black vehicle drive away. After checking the area, the man found bullet holes in his home and vehicle, police said.
Police arrest 7 in Maili at alleged cockfight
Honolulu Police Narcotics/Vice officers arrested seven men Sunday during an illegal cockfight in Maili.
All seven men were arrested for investigation of having prohibited gaffs -- sharp metal spurs attached to the leg of gamecocks -- at 87-847 Apuupuu Road. They were later released after posting bail ranging from $500 to $1,000.
4 hikers call for help on Pupukea Trail
Four hikers on Pupukea Trail called for help after they were stranded by darkness at about 8 p.m. last night.
The Honolulu Fire Department sent a helicopter, a rescue crew and other units to search for the hikers.
The four adults were in a clearing, and fire rescuers hoped to rescue them last night, HFD Capt. Kenison Tejada said.
Tejada said the hikers set out at about 4 p.m. and were not well equipped. They called for help from a cell phone.
"People need to expect the unexpected to happen," Tejada said. "If anything throws their schedule off, they end up in dark."
Bus rider arrested for interfering with driver
A man was arrested after police said he yelled at a city bus driver for taking a detour because of a parade Saturday morning.
The suspect, 44, allegedly demanded that the bus driver go the normal route through East Oahu and yelled and cursed at him and using racial slurs. The suspect also spit in the driver's face and tried to punch the driver twice but missed, according to police. The suspect was arrested for interfering with the operator of a public transit vehicle but was later released pending an investigation.
Koko Head boat fire's cause was electrical
Fire officials determined the cause of Sunday's boat fire off Koko Head was electrical in nature.
The 25-foot recreational fishing boat carrying two men and a boy caught fire Sunday morning about a mile off Koko Head.
A man and boy received serious burns. The three jumped into the water to escape and were rescued by good Samaritans in a nearby fishing boat about 8:50 a.m. Sunday.
Coast Guard fought the flames at about 9:45 a.m., and fire personnel assisted. The boat caught fire a second time as it was being towed near Kalama Valley Shopping Center.
Drivers report buses hit by rocks at Kualoa
Three Polynesian Cultural Center tour bus drivers reported their buses were hit with rocks between 5:30 and 5:46 p.m. last night.
Police said a Lion's Limos bus was near Kualoa Ranch when its windshield was struck on the driver's side and shattered.
Drivers of a Lion's Trans bus and a Polynesian Adventures bus both reported similar incidents when driving north of Kahana Boat Ramp.
Police said it was unknown if the rocks came from a car or from someone on the side of the road.
Police have opened first-degree criminal property damage cases.
Kailua man arrested for alleged sex assault
Police arrested a 28-year-old Kailua man for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl early Sunday.
The incident took place at about 3 a.m. in Kailua, and police said the victim knew the suspect.
Police arrested the man for investigation of third-degree sexual assault.
19-year-old arrested in Kailua car theft
Police arrested a 19-year-old man after he took a friend's car from her house in Kailua on Saturday night.
The victim, 21, returned to her Wailepo Street home at about 10:30 p.m. when she found the suspect there. The suspect allegedly asked to borrow one of the victim's vehicles, and when she refused, he assaulted her.
The victim escaped through the back door and took one of her cars, then returned several hours later to find another one of her vehicles missing.
The suspect was found sleeping in the victim's vehicle at Windward Mall and was arrested for investigation of kidnapping and auto theft.