Water main break snarls traffic
Honolulu Board of Water Supply officials were expecting to complete repairs to a broken water main at 1035 Kapiolani Blvd. before this morning's rush hour.
The shutdown of all six lanes of Kapiolani Boulevard between Kamakee Street and Ward Avenue caused traffic tie-ups during rush-hour yesterday.
Motorists were rerouted onto Ward Avenue on the Ewa end of Kapiolani and onto Kamakee at the Diamond Head end.
The 12-inch water main broke at about 4:30 a.m. yesterday near Kamakee Street.
"BWS believes the sudden flow of water from the broken pipe may have caused extensive road damage, including possible undermining of the road," according to a news release by the Board of Water Supply.
Five businesses have been affected by the ruptured water main. The Board of Water Supply provided water from a water wagon to customers whose service was interrupted.
The Board of Water Supply hired a private contractor to do the repairs and resurfacing of the damaged portions of Kapiolani Boulevard.
Landfill opponents meet tonight in Maili
Waianae Coast residents will hold a "Community Meeting to Stop the Landfills" at 6:30 p.m. tonight at St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, 87-227 St. John's Road in Maili.
Concerned citizens who oppose any additional landfills in the Waianae Coast area, including any extended use of the existing city Waimanalo Gulch Landfill, talk about ways to get their message across, said co-organizer Lily Cabinatan.
Before the meeting, at 4:30 p.m., there will be sign-waving at the intersection of St. John's Road and Farrington Highway, she said.
City and state officials and environmentalists have been invited to the meeting, Cabinatan said. For more information, call her at 668-8767.
Bovine TB briefing to be held on Molokai
Molokai residents are invited to an informational meeting about bovine tuberculosis at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kaunakakai School cafeteria, the state Department of Agriculture has announced.
The meeting's purpose is to update ranchers, hunters and others about surveillance and testing for the disease on Molokai.
The island has twice in recent years -- in the 1980s and again in 1997 -- had cows test positive for the disease, triggering eradication of all cows on the island in order for the state to regain the USDA's TB-free status, which is required for interstate shipment of cows.
No infected cattle have been found on Molokai since 1997. However, wildlife surveys on the island indicate that an estimated 1 percent of wild pigs have the disease. The USDA requires cattle on eastern Molokai to be tested for bovine tuberculosis every year.
Veterinarians from the state and U.S. agriculture departments and bovine tuberculosis experts from Washington state and Colorado will attend the meeting, according to information from the state.
For more information, contact Janelle Saneishi at 973-9560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NTSB investigates copter's "hard landing"
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking today into a "hard landing" made by an Euro AS35 helicopter in a sugar cane field near Kahului, Maui last night.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that all seven people on board were not injured but that the helicopter had "substantial damage."
The "hard landing" occurred 10 minutes after the helicopter took off from Kahului Airport and was forced down in a cane field five miles southeast of the airport, officials said.
» The Kane S. Fernandez Perpetual Education Fund
has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Josiah Kua,
Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii's Youth of the Year.
» The McInerny Foundation has given $10,000 to the American Lung Association of Hawaii for its Open Airways for Schools program. Open Airways teaches students asthma management skills.
» The Malama Learning Center has received $50,000 from Hawaiian Electric Co. to go to development of strategic plans and material needed before the start of a capital campaign to raise $10 million to build and operate the center in Kapolei. Included in the center's goals are encouraging students to pursue careers in conservation and sustainable technology and visual and performing arts.
» The Oahu chapters of Alpha Delta Kappa presented $1,500 to Honolulu Theatre for Youth; $500 to A Keiki's Dream, a children's support group on Maui; and $1,500 to the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo.
» Chris Hikaru Narihara of School Street earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 49, which was chartered by the Honpa Hongwanji.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man held after alleged brass-knuckle punch
Assault charges are pending against a 23-year-old Kalihi man after he allegedly struck his roommate in the face with brass knuckles yesterday.
Police said the suspect, who lives at an Ohu Street boardinghouse, got into an argument over a debt of money with a 48-year-old man who also lives there.
The older man was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for his injuries, police said.
Police arrested the suspect at 3:04 p.m. yesterday for suspicion of second-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon.
Neighbor allegedly kills dog with gunshot
Honolulu police arrested a Wahiawa man who allegedly shot his neighbor's pit bull with a rifle Sunday.
The Nakula Street man had allegedly been bitten by a dog owned by a 19-year-old female neighbor of his at about 3 p.m. The suspect allegedly went back to his neighbor's house several hours later while no one was home and shot the dog.
A neighbor witnessed the incident and called police, who arrested the suspect on suspicion of first-degree burglary and animal cruelty.
Motorcycle fatality was Waimea man, 36
Big Island police identified the 36-year-old man who died Sunday from injuries received in a motorcycle crash as Thad Dumas of Waimea.
Dumas was riding a motorcycle south on Route 190 near the 1-mile marker in Waimea when he ran off the road and struck a sign at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. He was not wearing a helmet, police said.
Fire rescue personnel took Dumas to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he died early Sunday.
Police release suspect in woman's killing
Kauai police released a 34-year-old Lawai man who was suspected of killing Sandra Galas of Eleele, the mother of two young children.
Police arrested the man Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder, but he was released Saturday pending further investigation. Galas' two children, ages 3 and 5, are being cared for by their grandparents.