Mazie Hirono joins race for Congress
Former Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono officially jumped into the race for Congress yesterday as she filed nomination papers for the 2nd Congressional District (Rural Oahu-Neighbor Islands).
Hirono, boasting the largest campaign war chest, with $300,000 in the bank, is joining the crowded field of Democrats running for the office being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ed Case, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Hirono, an attorney, served 14 years in the state House, eight years as lieutenant governor and lost the race for governor in 2002 to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle.
Democrats who have filed include state Rep. Brian Schatz, state Sen. Ron Menor, state Sen. Gary Hooser, Hanalei Aipoalani and Joseph Zuiker. Michael Powers, a Republican, has also filed for the office.
Senate to vote on regent nominee
The Senate Higher Education Committee is recommending a Maui businessman be confirmed for a second term on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, despite some reservations expressed by Chairman Clayton Hee.
Hee said he found it "unfortunate" that James Haynes II was not able to explain his priorities for the Board of Regents and how money from tuition increases will be spent. Hee also said Haynes did not have any ideas on how to change the lease rent paid to the university and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the use of ceded lands on Mauna Kea.
But after consulting with Maui senators, Hee said he would move Haynes' nomination to the full Senate and recommend he be confirmed.
Haynes, a University of Hawaii graduate, owns companies that sell gasoline and operate convenience stores on Maui and the Big Island.
Hee warned that other regents who could come before his committee next year for a second term will face similar tough questions about their knowledge of the university and their priorities for moving it forward.
The terms of five regents, including Chairwoman Kitty Lagareta, expire next year. The governor also needs to nominate someone to replace regent Myron Yamasato, who represents West Hawaii.
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Abe's art collection for sale
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Satoru Abe talked Tuesday with daughter Gail Goto about the art collection in his gallery in Kalihi.
Satoru Abe marks a new chapter of his life by closing his King Street art gallery and putting on display a rare collection of museum-quality work he has amassed over five decades.
Restaurant Row resurgence
More than 12 new businesses have leased space in Restaurant Row/Waterfront Plaza during the last year as the once-struggling complex enjoys a comeback.
Maid for injuries
Housekeeper injuries have increased significantly since hotels begin moving toward plusher rooms with heavier mattresses and more amenities.
Local broadcast veterans Bob Jones and Pamela Young, back from separate journeys to China and Tibet, give their impressions of the Asian landscape.
Police, Fire, Courts
Hickam bank teller robbed at knifepoint
Police are looking for a man who robbed a teller at the Hickam Federal Credit Union at 5:16 p.m. Tuesday.
A man wearing a wig and wielding a knife entered the bank, at 590 Farrington Highway, and demanded money from a teller. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
He is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, wearing a salt-and-pepper wig, blue scrubs and sunglasses. He had a fair complexion with a facial abrasion.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Police seek 2 men in Kaimuki holdup
Police are looking for two men who robbed six people at gunpoint in a Kaimuki home Wednesday night.
Police said the suspects, one armed with a semiautomatic handgun, entered the home at 10:28 p.m. and demanded money from the six men in the home, from 23 to 71 years old.
The suspects took two laptop computers and the wallet of the homeowner and then fled, police said.
Both men were described as between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. One was wearing a white shirt, and the man with the gun was wearing a blue shirt, jeans shorts and a beanie cap. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
Man is arrested in domestic assault
Police arrested a 39-year-old man after he allegedly hit a woman in the head Tuesday with a metal paper towel holder.
Police said that the man and the woman, 28, were at home at about 5:30 p.m. arguing about whether the woman should go out or stay home. The man hit the woman once in the head, causing a serious injury, police said.
Police arrested the man for investigation of second-degree assault.
Acura driver sought in highway shooting
Police are looking for a man who allegedly fired a gun at a 21-year-old man Wednesday during a traffic dispute.
The incident took place at 10:10 p.m. along the H-1 freeway near Kunia. Police said that during the verbal confrontation the suspect fired one shot at the victim, then drove away. He was last seen heading into Waipahu from Kunia Road.
The suspect is described as in his early to mid-20s, with a slim build, mustache and possible goatee, with a gold stud earring in his right ear. He was seen driving an older-model, primer-gray Acura hatchback, low to the ground with tinted windows, gray rims and a loud exhaust.
Police are investigating the incident as an attempted murder. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.