Mayor withdraws nominee for city job
Mayor Mufi Hannemann has withdrawn the nomination of Richard Schiavoni as the next director of the city Department of Design and Construction.
In his letter to the City Council, Hannemann did not give a reason for the withdrawal. But in an e-mail to the Star-Bulletin, Schiavoni wrote, "I withdrew my nomination for family issues."
City spokesman Bill Brennan said that the search is on for a new nominee.
2 file to run for Case's congressional seat
Two Democratic state legislators officially filed to run for U.S. Rep. Ed Case's 2nd Congressional District seat yesterday, bringing the number of declared candidates to three.
Case is running for the U.S. Senate and said he will not run for re-election.
Filing for Congress yesterday were Sen. Ron Menor (D, Mililani) and Rep. Brian Schatz (D, Tantalus-Makiki).
State Sen. Gary Hooser (D, Kauai-Niihau) filed earlier this week.
Several other current and former politicians are also expected to run for the vacant seat.
Included in the list of possible candidates are state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa (D, Waianae), former state Sen. Matt Matsunaga, former City Councilman Duke Bainum, Councilman Nestor Garcia and former Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono.
Menor said his campaign has already drawn the support of two fellow senators, Lorraine Inouye (D, Hilo-Honokaa) and Will Espero (D, Ewa-Kapolei-Ewa Beach).
As a legislator for 22 years, Menor said he had the qualifications to represent Hawaii in Congress.
Workshops will teach use of mind in healing
An authority on using the mind to heal illnesses and reduce suffering will present two workshops here tomorrow as part of the Hawaii Cancer Lecture Series.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts professor emeritus of medicine and creator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, will present "mindfulness" training from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Spalding Auditorium, University of Hawaii-Manoa campus. The cost is $5; no pre-registration is required.
Kabat-Zinn teaches a form of mental training that helps to control a person's thoughts and support healing in conditions such as asthma, psoriasis, heart disease and prostate cancer, according to Laura Crites, founder of the Turning Point Cancer Center. Kabat-Zinn established a mindfulness-based stress-reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts that has served more than 11,000 patients.
Thanh Huynh, radiation oncologist and University of Hawaii medical school faculty member, also will conduct a workshop on "Mindfulness for Wellness" from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 18 at Kapiolani Women's Center. Call 535-7000 for information.
Information about Kabat-Zinn's workshops can be obtained by calling Crites at 941-8253 or at www.turningpointcancercenter.com. Information about mindfulness meditation groups, retreats and related articles is available at www.vipassanahawaii.org or www.mbsrhawaii.com.
Prom dress sale aids group fighting abuse
The Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline will hold a prom dress sale at La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls' courtyard, 2933 Poni Moi Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Proceeds from the nonprofit organization's first "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" event will go toward raising awareness of domestic violence.
In November a group of students from private schools collected used prom dresses from their fellow classmates to prepare for tomorrow's event.
Prices for nearly 250 new and used prom dresses range from $10 to $175.
Designer Debra Wohlschlegel of Attitudes by Debra donated 25 new beaded dresses, which have a retail value of $275 to $400. Her dresses are priced at $125 to $175 for the event.
Kona Specialty Clinic to receive blessing
A blessing and open house were scheduled today for the Kona Specialty Clinic, which opened in October in Kealakekua with rotating specialists from Oahu helping to provide services.
The Queen's Health Care Centers and Diagnostic Laboratory Services joined in establishing the clinic to improve community access to specialty care, according to a Queen's press release.
Specialists from Oahu sometimes provide services in the clinic that might not be otherwise available in the area, according to Queen's. The clinic has four exam rooms and two offices.
Pali tunnel cleaning will close some lanes
The Honolulu-bound lanes of Pali Highway will be closed from 7 p.m. tomorrow until 7 a.m. Sunday so that state transportation workers can clean the tunnels.
The highway will be closed between Kamehameha Highway at Castle Junction and Waokanaka Street in Nuuanu.
What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:
Local guy on big screen
McKinley High School graduate Kalana Queypo plays Pocahontas' brother in the new film, "The New World."
Spotlight on Chinese opera
The form of Chinese opera called "jingju" brought Madame Shen Xiaomei to Hawaii 25 years ago to lead a new generation of performers in the art form.
Pro Bowlers play ball
It's an NFL star-studded weekend as players take the field at Aloha Stadium for Sunday's Pro Bowl. Our special guide will give a rundown of the matchup, which starts at 1 p.m.
[ THE COURTS ]
Waianae man indicted in killing with hammer
A Waianae man who allegedly bludgeoned his ex-girlfriend to death with a hammer during a domestic dispute, then stabbed himself, admitted to relatives that he had killed her.
According to prosecutors, Clayton Higa, 39, told several people, including the woman's aunt and his own mother, what he had done.
An Oahu grand jury indicted Higa yesterday on a charge of second-degree murder, punishable by life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.
Higa remains in the hospital from self-inflicted injuries. According to prosecutors, the woman died of multiple blows to the head with a hammer.
"He is extremely violent, volatile and a danger to the victims," said Deputy Prosecutor Vickie Kapp in requesting high bail. Circuit Court Judge Derrick Chan confirmed bail at $100,000.
Police said Higa tried to shoot the woman, but his gun apparently did not work.
Higa is expected to be arraigned in Circuit Court as soon as he is released from the hospital.
Mother sues in dog attack on toddler
The mother of a boy who was attacked when he was 2 1/2 years old by a Rottweiler at Kahala Beach sued the dog's owner yesterday in Circuit Court.
Veronica Tomooka alleged in the lawsuit that a Rottweiler named Bobo was on a leash, but its owner, Mariko Bereday, allowed it and another dog to roam along the beach near the Hunakai Street entrance.
Her son, Keeton Manguso, now 4, was playing in the sand when the Rottweiler "spotted him and began stalking him from a distance," the suit alleges.
Although the owner had to drag the dog away when it sat near Manguso and stared at him, she remained on the beach with her dogs, the suit said. When Tomooka was leaving the beach with her son, the dog knocked Keeton to the ground and attacked him, biting his back, arm, elbow and waist, the suit said.
The boy received a puncture wound on his hip, a deep cut on his waist and multiple cuts, the suit said.
It alleges Keeton has suffered personal injuries as a result of the attack, permanent disfigurement and endured pain, suffering and emotional distress.
The Hawaiian Humane Society issued a dangerous-dog citation and a written warning to the owner.
The suit also alleges that seven dogs belonging to Bereday, including Bobo, attacked a 3-year-old girl March 17, 2003.
Police, Fire, Courts
Dispute over auto repairs ends in alleged gun threat
Police arrested a man Wednesday after he allegedly pulled out a handgun in a dispute over auto repairs at a car dealership.
Police said the man began arguing with maintenance employees of the Kapiolani Boulevard dealership at about 3:30 p.m. after they told him that he would have to pay for repairs to his car because the warranty had expired.
Police said that during the argument the man pulled out a what looked like a handgun and threatened a maintenance representative and then shoved another worker before fleeing.
Police later located the man near Pauahi and Maunakea streets in Chinatown and arrested him for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening, a firearm offense and a misdemeanor harassment offense.
Man allegedly attacks neighbor with chain
Police arrested a 48-year-old man Wednesday after he allegedly attacked his neighbor with a chain.
Police said the suspect and the victim, a 30-year-old man, live next to each other on Piikoi Street and were arguing at about 4 p.m. During the argument, the suspect pulled out a chain studded with bolts and hit the victim several times, police said.
The suspect also allegedly struck the victim's girlfriend with his fist when she came outside to check out the commotion. The suspect then ran home and was arrested later by police for investigation of second-degree assault.
Police need help identifying this man who is wanted for questioning for the fire that occurred at the Department of Health building.
Images of arson suspect released
Honolulu police have released security-camera photos of a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with a deliberately set fire at the Department of Health building on Jan. 31.
The fire started at about 6:20 p.m. near the entrance of the building at 1250 Punchbowl St. State deputy sheriffs responding to the scene said that, according to witnesses, the suspect had fled on foot.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Alleged machete threat results in man's arrest
Police arrested a 48-year-old Mililani man after he allegedly threatened his wife with a machete Wednesday night.
Police said the couple was arguing in their Kipapa Drive home at about 11:30 p.m. when the husband brought out the machete and threatened his wife, 50.
Police were called and arrested the husband for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Drowning suspected in death of baby girl
Maui police are investigating the apparent drowning Tuesday of a 7-month-old girl in a bathtub at a Kihei Villages home.
Police said the girl's 16-year-old mother reported the incident at about 11:15 a.m. The baby was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition and later died.
Police spokesman Lt. Glenn Cuomo said detectives are investigating the case as an accidental death.