Post office renamed for former Sen. Fong
The post office at 1271 N. King St. is now officially the Hiram L. Fong Post Office Building.
President Bush signed into law legislation renaming the former Kapalama station after the first Asian American to win a seat in the U.S. Senate and one of the first senators from Hawaii. U.S. Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye introduced the legislation in December. It is now Public Law 109-203.
Officials will consult Fong's family about the placement of a plaque on or at the building, said Duke Gonzales, U.S. Postal Service spokesman.
Fong was born in Honolulu, grew up in Kalihi shining shoes and selling newspapers, worked his way through the University of Hawaii and went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.
After serving in the territorial Legislature, he and former Gov. Oren Long were elected to the U.S. Senate in 1959 when Hawaii became a state. Fong was re-elected twice and then retired from the Senate in 1977. He died in 2004 at 97.
Box jellyfish invade Waikiki, Hanauma
City ocean safety officials say more than 80 box jellyfish were found yesterday morning in the "pond" areas of Waikiki.
Hanauma Bay was closed due to a jellyfish invasion. There was no count at Ala Moana Beach Park.
The jellyfish influx is expected to be over by tomorrow. Warning signs were posted in affected areas.
Sacred Hearts girls get lesson in money
Sacred Hearts Academy will hold an Economic Summit on "Girls, Money and Business" on Monday and Tuesday that is free and open to girls in grades 6 through 12 in public and private schools.
The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, includes visits to businesses as well as insights on becoming financially independent.
The keynote speaker will be Melissa Pavlicek, an attorney and the new director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses in Hawaii. American Savings Bank President Constance Lau will also share her strategies for success.
To register, call Sacred Hearts Academy at 734-5058, ext. 229, as soon as possible.
What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:
No degrees of separation
Separation of church and state would not work in the world's most populous Islamic nation, said an Indonesian political scientist here in a program to provide Americans with "direct access to the Muslim world."
Heeia Kea kitchen keeps up
The Choy family's tiny plate-lunch kitchen at the end of Heeia Kea Pier keeps drawing loyal fans. Adam Sandler, Mohammed Ali and Redd Foxx have been among the celebs stopping in over the decades.
Work and play reap benefits
Companies looking for ways to retain employees in Hawaii's tight job market are finding that what works best is to make the workplace more fun -- something that also turns out to help morale and productivity.
All-State soccer team picked
The Star-Bulletin's prep All-State soccer team will be released on Sunday. Find out whom prep writer Paul Honda selects as the top player and coach of the year.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Mimi Mau handed out a plate of breakfast Thursday for diners at The Deli at Heeia Harbor.
Police, Fire, Courts
House fire causes $120,000 in damage
An electrical fire destroyed half of a one-story duplex in Waianae yesterday, fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said.
The fire started at about 12:46 p.m. at 85-043 Waianae Valley Road. Firefighters had the blaze under control at 1:01 p.m.
Tejada said the fire started in the back of the destroyed duplex.
A man who lives in the unit was home when the fire started, but escaped injury. He fled the home after hearing popping noises and his smoke detector sound.
An elderly couple that lives next door was also unharmed, Tejada said. Their apartment sustained smoke damage.
Damage to the whole building was estimated at $90,000, while damage to the contents totaled $30,000.
Kalihi man, 47, ID'd as crash victim
A 47-year-old Kalihi man killed in an accident Tuesday on the H-1 freeway in Kalihi was identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as Ronilo Pebenito.
Pebenito was killed when a 2006 Dodge Stratus, which was heading east on the H-1 freeway, collided with his Toyota Camry, which was at a stop in his lane, police said.
The accident occurred at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday near the Likelike Highway overpass.
Police said the driver of the Stratus tried to avoid the Toyota by swerving left but struck the Toyota.
This forced the Toyota into the right guardrail, police said. It bounced back, crossed the freeway and hit the left barrier, police said.
Pebenito was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The driver of the Dodge, a 39-year-old Big Island man, was injured on his right arm but refused treatment at the scene, police said.
Man, 19, is nabbed in robbery of boy, 15
Police arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly robbed a high school student walking to school.
Police said the man approached the student, a 15-year-old boy, in the Kapahulu area at about 7:55 a.m. yesterday and demanded money from him.
When the boy refused, the man used physical force on him, police said.
Several witnesses told police that the man ran to a nearby apartment. Police found him and, after he was identified as the suspect, arrested him for investigation of second-degree robbery.
Freeway fatality ID'd as 27-year-old
The Medical Examiner's Office said 27-year-old Rodney Bars was killed early Wednesday when he lost control of his car and struck an electronic highway sign.
Bars was driving a car toward Waianae on the Moanalua Freeway just before the H-1 merge at about 12:30 a.m.
Police said Bars was speeding in rainy conditions.
Bars was pinned in the car and died at the scene, police said.
A 19-year-old man, who was sitting in the front seat of the car, was in good condition at the Queen's Medical Center. A 20-year-old man in the back seat walked away and was later taken to Queen's by someone, police said. His condition was not available.