About 200 evacuated because of foul odor
Between 200 and 300 downtown workers were evacuated from a downtown building yesterday afternoon after reports of a foul odor.
Firefighters, including a hazardous-materials unit, were called at 2:32 p.m. to the Pacific Tower at Bishop Square on the corner of Alakea and North King streets.
Floors 14 to 30 were evacuated before firefighters arrived.
No detectable readings of any hazardous fumes were found, said fire Capt. Kenison Tejada.
Fire personnel completed their investigation shortly before 4 p.m. and allowed the evacuees to return to the building.
81 students take part in Japan competition
Teams of high school students from across the state will take part in the Japan Wizards Competition today in Waikiki, testing their knowledge of Japan and vying for a chance to visit the country this summer.
The Japan-America Society of Hawaii sends the top two public and top two private school teams on a free trip to Japan after each year's competition. This year, 81 students and 20 advisors, including eight neighbor-island teams, are taking part.
To prepare for the contest, student teams research and study Japanese culture, economics, government, geography, history, transportation, sports, language and beliefs.
The contest runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
The nonprofit Japan-America Society of Hawaii promotes friendship between Japan and the United States.
East-West Center to show Philippine art
An exhibit of traditional art, contemporary photographs and paintings from the northern Philippines goes on display at the East-West Center on Wednesday through May 2.
The "Custom and Creativity: The Arts of the Upland Philippines" exhibit was organized in connection with the centennial of Filipino immigration to Hawaii, according to the East-West Center. Traditional art of the region including basketry, ceremonial items, wood carving and weaving will be on display.
Another highlight will include the video display of traditional ceremonies by award-winning visual ethnographer Joel Arthur Tibaldo, visiting East-West Center artist-in-residence from the Philippines, according to a press release.
An opening reception featuring Tibaldo is scheduled for Feb. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The East-West Center will sponsor a series of presentations on topics related to the northern Philippines over the next months.
Confiscated vehicles to be auctioned Friday
Aloha Auto Auction will auction off vehicles seized by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The auction begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Aloha Auto Auction, 1001 Ahua St. Interested buyers may inspect vehicles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday.
» Dr. Elise Lew-Louie
, who has more than 15 years' experience in eye care, with a special interest in contact lenses, has joined EyeSight Hawaii, Dr. John Olkowski, medical director and chief surgeon, has announced.
Louie received a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California at Berkeley and spent most of her professional career practicing in Beverly Hills and Palm Desert, Calif.
She will examine patients at both the Honolulu and Maui locations of EyeSight Hawaii.
» Dr. John G. Pearce, cited by the Consumer's Council of America as one of America's Top Radiologists, has joined the Queen's Medical Center's Women's Health Center.
Pearce formerly was at Lehigh Valley Hospital and the Healthcare Network in Allentown, Pa., where he headed a large Breast Imaging Service with more than 50,000 patients per year, according to a news release from Queen's.
He was at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for 20 years before his seven years at Allentown.
"Dr. Pearce is a passionate advocate for quality women's health services, especially in the field of breast imaging," a key service of the Queen's Women's Health Center, the news release said.
He has served on advisory committees for the National Cancer Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Federal Corrections and the Food and Drug Administration.
» Msgr. Daniel J. Dever received a doctor's degree in humane letters from Chaminade University of Honolulu for his 52 years of educational and pastoral service to the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. He also served 43 years as superintendent of Catholic schools.
» Eric Yamamoto, a William S. Richardson School of Law professor, has been named Outstanding Law Teacher for 2005 by the Society of American Law Teachers. The organization recognized Yamamoto's innovative teaching, social justice legal scholarship and mentoring of many law students and new lawyers.
» Deborah Dahl, a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at Windward Adventist School, has been named a Disney Teacher Award nominee for her creativity and success in the classroom.
» Kasey Rieta, a student at Moanalua Middle School, has been accepted into the People to People Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 6-15. The summit focuses on leadership, team building, community service, college admission and professional aspirations for students.
» Juliana Ho, a Sacred Hearts Academy junior, has been selected to be a U.S. Senate page in Washington, D.C., in 2006. She is one of 30 students picked to attend the U.S. Page School and serve as a page.
» Clint Frakes of Honolulu has been given the James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry at Hawaii Pacific University for his poem "Mail from Tunis." He will receive $500.
Police, Fire, Courts
1-car crash on H-3 kills man and closes freeway
A man died last night in a one-car crash on the H-3 freeway, police said.
Traffic police closed the freeway's Kailua-bound lanes from the Likelike Highway offramp to the Kamehameha Highway offramp at about 9:05 p.m. to investigate the crash.
Traffic was being diverted to the Likelike Highway offramp, police said.
Police did not have an approximate age of the victim or details on how the crash happened. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Male suspect sought in bank robbery
Police are looking for a man wanted for robbing the Territorial Savings on McCully Street at about 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.
CrimeStoppers is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a male wanted for robbing the Territorial Savings Bank at 1111 McCully St. on Tuesday.
At about 4:10 p.m. a male wearing a white nylon stocking mask entered the bank, demanded money and revealed a silver weapon.
The suspect fled on foot.
Police described him as 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing between 120 and 140 pounds. He was wearing a light-colored floppy hat, blue long-sleeved T-shirt and off-white pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Discovery of stolen car leads to arrest
Police arrested an 18-year-old man after the husband of an auto-theft victim found the stolen vehicle at the scenic lookout near Kapena Falls on Thursday.
Police said the victim's husband was at the lookout at about 12:15 p.m. and spotted his wife's vehicle and called police. While he was waiting for officers to arrive, he saw a group of young males approaching the vehicle, but they turned and walked away in the opposite direction when they saw him, police said.
Responding officers detained the group. Police said two boys identified the suspect as the driver of the vehicle and that he confirmed that. Police then arrested him for investigation of auto theft.
Man, 53, is arrested in assault of girl, 11
Police arrested a 53-year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.
Police were alerted to the case by a school counselor with whom the girl had talked Thursday, police said.
The man allegedly assaulted the girl in her home on three separate occasions, in November, December and last month.
The man was arrested Thursday for investigation of one count of first-degree sexual assault.
Argument leads to attack on boyfriend
Police arrested a 47-year-old Kalihi woman after she allegedly slashed her boyfriend with a box cutter Thursday.
The suspect and the victim have been dating for the past year and were involved in a heated argument at about 10 a.m., according to police. During the argument, the suspect grabbed the box cutter and allegedly slashed the victim twice on his left shoulder-blade area.
Police later arrested her for investigation of second-degree assault.