Irrigation system due for $1.5M in repairs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will release $600,000 to help repair a 100-year-old irrigation system on the North Shore.
The money will be coupled with more than $900,000 from Kamehameha Schools and Dole Foods to fix the Helemano Siphon and several water pumps. Once the repairs are finished, 10 million gallons of water will flow to North Shore farmers.
"Recent failures in the distribution system have greatly limited the activities of North Shore growers during the past several months," U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said in a news release.
City deadline nears for surf meet permits
Tomorrow is the deadline to request a city permit for a surf contest or shore-water event on the North Shore between October and March.
Applications must be either hand-delivered to the director of Parks and Recreation by 4 p.m. or postmarked no later than tomorrow to be considered, according to a city release.
Forms are available at the Kaneohe District Office, 45-600 Keaahala Road, or Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, 66-167 Haleiwa Road. For information, call Miles Hazma at 233-7300.
College prep forum set at Kailua Intermediate
Early College Awareness Night for Parents and Students will be held May 2 at Kailua Intermediate School from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
RSVP by Friday by calling Karen at 263-1500, ext. 241.
Wayne Fujita, author of "$100,000 Scholarship: Middle School Prep," will make a presentation on preparing and planning for college starting from middle school. Autographed books will be on sale during the event at the school library.
The school is located at 145 S. Kainalu Drive.
Rotary Club to hear about UH cancer work
Sharon Shigemasa, public information and biosafety officer of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, will discuss its programs, research and accomplishments at a Rotary Club of Ala Moana luncheon meeting Thursday at the Ala Moana Hotel.
The public is invited to attend; the cost for the luncheon is $20. Call the Rotary Club of Ala Moana for information or reservations, 955-6493.
Police, Fire, Courts
25-year-old Mililani woman dies after crash on H-2
A 25-year-old Mililani woman was killed after she apparently lost control of her car on the H-2 freeway early yesterday morning.
Police said the crash took place in the town-bound lanes near the Ka Uka Boulevard overpass at 1:21 a.m. Traffic investigators said the victim lost control while driving a 2004 Ford Taurus, striking a guardrail and flipping over.
Firefighters cut open the roof of the car to get the victim out. She was taken to Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center, where she later died of her injuries, police said.
Police said it is not known if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. Yesterday morning's fatal crash is the 31st of this year, compared with 27 traffic fatalities for the same time last year.
Man found dead on Waipio Road
The body of a 45-year-old man was found face down in the middle of Waipio Road on Saturday night, and Big Island police are investigating whether he fell nearly 100 feet from the Waipio Lookout above.
The man had "massive facial trauma," firefighters said.
A driver spotted the man on the one-lane road at about 9:21 p.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
His identity was not released, pending next of kin. An autopsy to determine the cause of the man's death will be performed tomorrow.
Suspect arrested in alleged assault
The victim of an alleged robbery attempt spotted his attacker after he went to get some bandages in Ewa Beach yesterday. Police said the victim, 25, was assaulted by the suspect, 19, at about 1:45 a.m. on a nearby Ewa Beach school campus.
The suspect allegedly tried to take the victim's cell phone, but the victim managed to flee the scene. The victim then went to a nearby store to get bandages and saw the suspect sitting at a bus stop and called police. The suspect was arrested for second-degree robbery.
2 arrested in alleged armed robbery
Two men were arrested after they allegedly robbed a couple with a rifle in Nanakuli overnight on Saturday.
Police said the victims were playing cards in their tent on a beach near 89-051 Farrington Highway at 12:30 a.m. when two men, one of them holding a rifle, demanded money. The suspects were arrested in the Maili area. Police also recovered a rifle. The suspects were arrested for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and other offenses.
Man charged with first-degree robbery
Police charged a 30-year-old man with allegedly stealing food and then beating someone with a guitar in Waikiki on Friday.
Shad C. Flower, of no local address, was arrested at 1901 Kalakaua Ave. for third-degree theft and second-degree assault at 8:45 p.m.
Police said that earlier that evening, Flower had allegedly snatched two submarine sandwiches out of the hands of a 49-year-old man, then fled down Kalakaua Avenue. He then allegedly beat a 24-year-old man with an electric guitar after he tried to help the first victim. Police later upgraded the charges to first-degree robbery. Flower is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.
Shot fired at victims in Kailua road rage
Police are investigating a case of road rage that allegedly escalated into attempted homicide in Kailua yesterday morning.
The victims, a 23-year-old woman and two men, ages 23 and 22, were traveling in a Honda Civic near Oneawa Street and Mokapu Boulevard at 1:55 a.m. when the suspect, also in a Honda Civic, drove alongside their vehicle and accused them of flipping him off. The suspect challenged them to a fight, but they ignored him and drove away.
But the suspect pulled up beside the victims a second time and challenged them again. Police said they continued to ignore him, but one of the victims saw the suspect holding a handgun. Police said the suspect fired one round, which hit the rear windshield of the victims' vehicle. Police said none of the victims were injured. The suspect was described as having a blue bandanna over his face and was driving a dark-colored Honda Civic.