Developer purchases shopping center plot
HILO » Development company Kurisu & Fergus has bought 29 acres of the 32-acre site designated for the Keaau Gateway shopping center, according to seller W.H. Shipman Ltd.
The remaining three acres are designated as roadway, Shipman's president Bill Walter said earlier this week.
The sales price was not disclosed.
Shipman first announced plans for a shopping center five miles south of Hilo in 1999. The construction cost then was estimated at $25 to $32 million.
The 29-acre site is slightly smaller than the 36-acre Prince Kuhio Plaza center in Hilo. Subdivision of the 29 acres from larger parcels totaling 109 acres must be completed before the sale is final, Walter said.
At the crossroads of the upper and lower Puna areas, the center will serve a population of 30,000, Shipman said.
Shipman also announced that KTA Superstores and an unnamed drug store will be the two anchor tenants at Gateway.
The principals in Kurisu & Fergus are Duane Kurisu, a Big Island native, and Michael Fergus. Kurisu is a part-owner of the Star-Bulletin.
New 'Olelo channel focuses on government
'Olelo Community Television launched its sixth channel yesterday morning, which will air state Legislature hearings and neighborhood board meetings, along with programs on voting and the 2006 election.
It has been nearly a decade since 'Olelo added a new channel to its lineup. Channel 49, for Oceanic Cable subscribers, started at about 9 a.m. yesterday. C-SPAN2 and the Game Show Network programming moved to channel 78.
"With the addition of more neighborhood board meetings, public, legislative and City Council hearings, there has been an enormous demand for 'prime time,'" said Kealii Lopez, 'Olelo president and chief executive officer.
'Olelo has been given a one-year trial for the new channel.
At the nine-month mark, it will be required to show the "benefit and impact" the new channel has had to viewers, according to a news release.
For more information on the new channel and program listings, visit 'Olelo's Web site at www.olelo.org.
» Vice Principal Mark Tanji
of Pearl City High School has been chosen as the Hawaii State Assistant Principal of the Year for 2006. The National Association of Secondary School Principals sponsors the award with Virco Inc., a school furniture manufacturer.
In selecting Tanji, the association praised his advocacy for young people, collaborative leadership style, patience and tenacity. He helps teachers analyze data so they can adjust curriculum and teaching strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
» The Aloha Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has given the following awards: Outstanding Philanthropist, Carolyn Schaefer Gray, nominated by Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, Lawrence D. Rodriguez, nominated by Maryknoll School; Outstanding Corporation, Pfizer Inc., nominated by Hawaii Primary Care Association; Outstanding Small Business, HMAA, nominated by the Hawaii Foodbank; Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Donna M. Howard, nominated by Hawaii Pacific Health; In Memoriam, Roderick F. McPhee.
» Leeward Community College students Jaime Jose and Dustin Miyamoto have been selected to participate in the Monbusho (Monbukakusho) Scholarship program. The program is offered by the Japanese government to University of Hawaii community college students. The two will receive a stipend, round-trip airline tickets, an allowance and tuition in the three-year program at a professional training school in Japan.
» The Council for International Exchange of Scholars announced that five University of Hawaii professors have been awarded 2005-06 Fulbright Scholar grants to travel abroad and lecture and conduct research: Roger Thomas Ames, philosophy professor, lecturing on American philosophy at Wuhan University in China; Edward John Schultz, Asian-studies professor at the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, lecturing and conducting research on East Asian history at Sogana University in Seoul; Brenda Kwon, language arts instructor in the liberal arts program, lecturing on multicultural literature in the United States at Korea University in Seoul; Roberta Lamb, associate information technology professor at the College of Business Administration, lecturing and conducting research on collaborative studies of information and communication systems at the University of Turku in Finland; and Will C. McClatchey, associate ethnobiology professor in the Botany Department, lecturing and doing research on ethnobiology and community enhancement at Khon Kaen University in Thailand.
» The Mediation Center of the Pacific 2006 board of directors: Piia Aarma, Ann Botticelli, Oahu Family Court Judge Michael Broderick, Robert Lee-Driscoll, Stephanie T. Horio, Charles Hurd, Warren Haight, Susan Lampe, Dee Dee Letts, Bruce McEwan, Alexander "Alika" McGuire, Peter Nakagawa, Steven Nakashima, Mel Soong, Jeff Swartz and Ruth Tschumy.
» Catholic Charities Hawaii officers: Roger Wall, chairman; Rix Maurer III, chairman-elect and treasurer; Marianita Lopez, vice chairwoman; and Christopher Dang, secretary.
Police, Fire, Courts
Motorcycle officer injured while chasing vehicles
A motorcycle police officer was seriously injured yesterday on Pali Highway when he lost control of his motorcycle while approaching a vehicle.
The officer, a seven-year police veteran, was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition with cuts and abdominal pain. His condition was later upgraded to good condition by yesterday afternoon.
The accident occurred at 9:40 a.m. on the Kailua-bound lanes, just north of Puiwa Road.
Witnesses told police that before the accident, two unidentified vehicles sped past the officer, and he attempted to follow them with his blue lights on.
The officer lost control of the motorcycle, and police said mechanical problems might have contributed to the accident.
The motorcycle broke apart after hitting a telephone pole, and the officer was thrown from the bike and landed on the sidewalk in front of International Baptist Church at 20 Dowsett Ave., police said.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARBULLETIN.COM
A police motorcycle patrolman was injured yesterday morning after crashing his bike on Pali Highway near Queen Emma Summer Palace.
Purse theft suspect caught by cameras
Pearlridge Shopping Center security cameras got a good glimpse of a suspected purse thief last week.
Police said the suspect walked into Macy's at 98-205 Kaonohi St. last Saturday at about 10 a.m. and went to the Coach bag display, where he was seen removing a plier-type cutter from his waistband and cutting the safety cables from the bags. He took one purse from the display and fled, police said.
The suspect is described as in his 30s with a fair complexion, and was last seen wearing a red baseball cap and light-blue T-shirt. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Man who allegedly punched wife charged
Police charged a 19-year-old Kaneohe man with second-degree assault for an incident last year in which he allegedly broke his wife's jaw in two places.
Police said that on Dec. 27 Fevaeai Mareko and his wife, also 19, were fighting at a Kaneohe residence, and he punched her several times in the face, resulting in two fractures to her lower jaw.
Mareko was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail after being charged earlier this week.
Company's stolen car is used in alleged theft
A 42-year-old Kalihi man was charged yesterday with car theft after he allegedly stole merchandise from a Pearl City food distribution company Thursday night.
Officers arrived at the scene at 10:18 p.m. and saw the suspect climbing over the company's fence with boxes taken from a company vehicle, police said.
Officers checked and found a vehicle that had been stolen from a private electrical company with fake license plates. Police said the suspect used the stolen car to get to the scene.
Police arrested Donald E. Henry for investigation of second-degree burglary, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, auto theft and fraudulent use of license plates.
Man, 33, is arrested in woman's kidnapping
A 33-year-old man with no local address was arrested yesterday on suspicion of multiple offenses including kidnapping a 55-year-old Waipio Gentry woman who is his ex-girlfriend.
The woman reported that the man allegedly held her against her will Sunday and stole her vehicle and purse, police said. On Thursday he allegedly violated a temporary restraining order when he came to her Waipio Gentry home.
He was arrested yesterday on suspicion of auto theft, kidnapping, abuse of a household member, violation of a temporary restraining order and second-degree theft.
4-month-old girl who drowned in tub is ID'd
Maui police identified a 4-month-old girl who drowned in her bathtub as Tysha Rodriguez-Furtado.
Police said Tysha's 17-year-old mother reported the drowning at her Kihei Villages home at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday. The baby was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition and died later.
Lt. Glenn Cuomo said initial autopsy results show the infant had no trauma to her body and died from "being submerged in water."
Cuomo said he did not want to release details about the circumstances surrounding the incident because the victim's mother is a juvenile.
"We're continuing to investigate this as a miscellaneous accident," he said.