2 churches to host Kwanzaa celebrations
A public celebration of the African-American cultural holiday of Kwanzaa will be held tomorrow at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.
A program of African dance and musical entertainment will be presented during the Family Kwanzaa Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. on the church grounds at 3950 Paine Circle. Craft lessons for children, dramatic performances and ethnic food will be part of the festivities sponsored by the Links Inc., a women's professional organization.
A Kwanzaa program also is planned for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Unity Church of Hawaii, 3608 Diamond Head Circle. The event will feature musical entertainment and ethnic food.
The Kwanzaa holiday, observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, is focused on family values, community responsibility and self-improvement. It was founded in 1966 as a time of reaffirmation of African ancestors and culture.
More help is welcome in Hanauma Bay cleanup
Friends of Hanauma Bay will conduct a cleanup of the famous snorkeling beach, park and nearby Kalanianaole Highway the morning of Jan. 15.
Volunteers are welcome to join in from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Meet at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve's upper picnic area near the new visitor center.
Friends of Hanauma Bay is a nonprofit organization whose volunteers help provide educational information about the bay to visitors.
For more information about the cleanup, contact Harvey Shapiro at 395-1217.
Recycling fundraiser to help environment
The Windward Ahupuaa Alliance will accept donated HI-5 bottles and cans at a fundraiser Jan. 7 on Kapaa Quarry Road.
Beverage containers can be dropped off between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the white tent across the road from the model airplane field. Money raised will be used to remove invasive plants from the area.
Volunteers can participate in a landscaping workday during the same hours. For more information, call 247-6366, ext. 2.
Federal agency offers conservation grants
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has $6.5 million available for private land conservation funding in 2006.
Private Stewardship Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in voluntary conservation efforts on private lands that benefit imperiled species of plants and animals.
In 2005, private landowners in Hawaii were awarded $580,198 to help conserve and restore native habitat for a wide range of species from endangered Hawaiian forest birds on the Big Island to endangered plants on Maui.
Hawaii, often noted as having more endangered species than any other state, has been awarded more money through this program than any other state.
Applicants are encouraged to seek guidance before submitting a proposal, by contacting Craig Rowland at 808-792-9450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on submitting proposals can be viewed at endangered.fws.gov/grants/private_ stewardship/index.html. Completed proposals must be submitted by Jan. 23 to PSPG Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 911 N.E. 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97232-4181.
» The Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu
has awarded 14 high school students $2,500 scholarships, to be distributed over two years. The recipients include Hermaleen Amond, Sachini Guruluwana, Serena Mattos
and Andrew Wilkinson
of Kaimuki High School; Robert Kaimalie
and Agnes Tomoti
of Farrington High School; and Edmund Li, Michael Magdadaro, Melanie Marquez, Angela Miguel, Danyl Pang, Sasha Pule, Tiffany Rainey
and Anna Vong
of McKinley High School.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Candle blamed in Princeville fire
PRINCEVILLE, Kauai » A candle on a wicker stand left unattended caused a fire that substantially damaged a Princeville condominium Christmas night, officials said.
According to Kauai Fire Department officials, Emmalani Court resident Deborah Dinkel lit a candle in her bathroom and placed it on a wicker stand just before taking a bath.
Dinkel told firefighters that she closed her eyes for a second, and when she opened them there were flames everywhere.
The fire spread quickly, but Dinkel, who was the sole occupant of the one-bedroom condo, managed to exit her home and then alerted nearby residents about the fire.
Two other units in Emmalani Court sustained minor damage from the fire, fire officials said.
No one was hurt by the blaze, which was brought under control by firefighters at around midnight.
The condo rented by Dinkel is owned by California residents.
Big Isle woman sought on Drug Court warrant
Big Island police want help finding an 18-year-old woman who is wanted on a Drug Court bench warrant.
Sunshine Koleila Santos is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, about 120 pounds, with a tan complexion, medium build, brown eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call officer DuWayne Waipa at 961-2350 or the nonemergency number at 935-3311. Calls may also be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in or 329-8181 in Kona.
Hunter missing 2 days is found uninjured
Big Island fire rescue personnel found a hunter yesterday who had been missing since Monday.
Fire officials said Raymond Chang had been hunting along the Morita Trail. Fire rescue personnel and one forestry worker searched for Chang near the 16-mile marker off Saddle Road.
Fire rescuers began searching yesterday for the man at 6:24 a.m. and located him at 8:30 a.m.
A fire helicopter crew extricated Chang, who was reportedly uninjured.
Shots allegedly fired in domestic triangle
Honolulu police arrested a woman who allegedly shot at her ex-boyfriend multiple times Tuesday night in Pearl City.
The victim, 34, told police that he had been following his ex-girlfriend as she was driving when he was confronted by her male friend, who was with her. He said his ex-girlfriend's friend pulled a gun from his waist and shot at him -- but missed -- at about 6:20 p.m. near the Waimalu Safeway. Later, the ex-girlfriend told police that she had fired the gun.
Police arrested her for investigation of four counts of second-degree attempted murder.