DLNR photo calendar features reef life
"Papa Ko'a - The Reef and Hawaiian Culture" is the theme of the 2006 Department of Land and Natural Resources calendar.
Colorful photos show the vital beauty of the Hawaiian reef seen from the air, at sea level and beneath the waves. They picture reef fish weke, ulua and alaihi, as well as monk seals, limu, turtles, seabirds at Mokumanamana (Necker Island), fishing koa, pencil urchin, koloa and the reefs at Kapoho, Nualolo Kai, west Maui, Anahola, Hanauma Bay and Hookipa.
Calendar text highlights the value of the reef in traditional Hawaiian culture. The Hawaiian creation chant Kumulipo tells that life begins with the coral polyp, and all other life forms follow. In addition to biological and cultural information about Hawaiian reefs, the calendar is a tide chart and gives boating and ocean recreation safety tips.
"Papa Ko'a" calendars may be purchased for $10 from the DLNR Division of State Parks office at 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 310, in Honolulu. No mail orders are available.
The calendar was produced with the Hawaii Heritage Center, in conjunction with the "Hawaii's Living Reef" awareness campaign.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Man dies after falling from Big Island bridge
A 20-year-old man died yesterday after falling 50 feet from the Big Island's Piihonua Bridge to a pond below.
The man was identified as Puna Kamelamela.
Police said the man was attempting to dive from the bridge about 3 p.m. when it apparently gave way, sending the man plunging into the pond's 10-foot waters. The man's exact cause of death was not immediately clear, police said.
Firefighters got to the pond, in the Kaumana district, about 3:12 p.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man allegedly tries to run over 3 men
Big Island police have charged a 56-year-old man with second-degree attempted murder and three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening after he allegedly tried to run over two teenagers and a 21-year-old man on New Year's Eve.
The incident happened about 12:20 p.m. on Mahiai Street in Hilo after John Damo, Sr., allegedly threatened to run over an 18-year-old man, his 17-year-old brother and 21-year-old cousin.
Damo drove down the roadway, made a U-turn and then drove on the shoulder towards the men. The 18-year-old was forced to jump out of the way, sustaining a minor scrape to his right foot.
Damo then allegedly made a second U-turn, making his way back towards the three and passing by them closely.
The suspect was released after posting a $23,000 bail.
Driver arrested after crash kills pedestrian
The 43-year-old man who ran over a pedestrian with his pick-up on New Year's Eve on Hawaii Belt Road was arrested for first-degree negligent homicide and driving under the influence.
The pedestrian, a 65-year-old Hilo man, was pronounced dead at the Hilo Medical Center.
He was identified yesterday as William Alika Travis.
The crash happened near the Wainaku Scene Point about 3:30 p.m. when the 2000 Ford pick-up that the suspect was driving ran off the side of the road and struck the victim.
The driver of the vehicle was released pending an investigation.
The traffic fatality was the 36th on the Big Island in 2005, compared to 41 at the same time in 2004.