Huge waves expected overnight and tomorrow
Surf on north shore could reach 30 feet
A high surf warning is in effect for the north and west facing shores of Oahu, Kauai and Molokai and the north shore of Maui.
The National Weather Service is predicting waves of 35 to 30 feet tomorrow on the north shore. Surf along west facing shores is expected to increase overnight to heights of 10 to 20 feet tomorrow.
The high surf is expected to last until Monday and start to decline on Tuesday.
The surf was generated by a hurricane-force storm about 2,500 miles northwest of Hawaii.
New director named for Keck Observatory
KAMUELA » Taft E. Armandroff has been appointed director of the W.M. Keck Observatory to succeed Frederic H. Chaffee, who has run the Big Island observatory for the last 10 years.
Armandroff is a research astronomer in the fields of dwarf spheroidal galaxies, globular clusters and dark matter. He has ties to Hawaii through his work with the Gemini Observatory in Hilo.
"It is truly an honor and a privilege to be asked to lead such a dynamic and accomplished organization as the W.M. Keck Observatory," Armandroff said.
The observatory at the 13,769-foot summit of Mauna Kea is the home of the Keck I and II telescopes, the most powerful optical telescopes in the world. The observatory also has offices in Kamuela.
Armandroff will take the helm July 1, according to the Wednesday announcement from the board of the California Association for Research in Astronomy, the governing body for the observatory.
Chaffee served two five-year terms as the observatory's director. He implemented an adaptive optics science program there and worked with NASA to improve the resolution of the telescopes.
Police, Fire, Courts
1 dead, 1 stabbed in domestic fight
A 39-year-old man bludgeoned a woman to death and then stabbed himself yesterday in Waianae, police said.
Police officers got to 86-351 Mailiili Road about 5:30 p.m. The woman, who was in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect was taken to the Waianae Comprehensive Center in critical condition and then airlifted to the Queen's Medical Center, an Emergency Medical Services supervisor said.
Police said the woman was killed after a domestic dispute between the two. The suspect allegedly tried to shoot the woman, but his gun apparently didn't work, police said.
No rounds were found at the scene.
An unknown weapon was recovered at the home, which is on agricultural land near the Mailiili Channel.
Suspect surrenders in alleged kidnapping
A 32-year-old man turned himself in to Kailua police Friday night after allegedly kidnapping a woman at knifepoint from a busy downtown sidewalk.
The incident apparently happened after a domestic dispute between the two, police said. About 1:55 p.m. Friday, witnesses saw a man and woman arguing in a red sport utility vehicle in front of the Executive Centre Hotel on Bishop Street.
The woman got out of the car and the man followed her, then allegedly put a knife to her throat and forced her back into the car. The suspect turned himself into the Kailua police station about 9:30 Friday night.
The victim was uninjured, police said.
Police cite excessive speed in H-3 fatality
Police say excessive speed was a factor in a one-car crash on the H-3 freeway on Friday night, which killed a 26-year-old Waimanalo man.
The victim was driving a 1996 four-door Honda east on the freeway near the Likelike Highway off-ramp about 8:30 p.m. Friday when he apparently lost control and slammed into a concrete barrier.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The traffic fatality is the seventh on Oahu this year, compared to six at the same time in 2005.