Preteens sought for boy choir
The Honolulu Boy Choir is holding auditions for new members on Wednesday and Saturday at Makiki Christian Church.
The auditions start at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday and go from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Boys between ages 7 and 12 are welcome to try out. Choir officials are especially looking for boys ages 10 to 12. To schedule an audition, call 596-SING (7464). The Honolulu Boy Choir has been entertaining Hawaii audiences since 1974.
Centers offer help to victims of storms
State and federal officials will operate disaster recovery centers this week for victims of storms between Feb. 19 and April 2.
On Kauai, residents can visit the Kauai War Memorial from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The center will be closed on Wednesday.
On Oahu, a center will be open at Kahala Mall weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At Kualoa Ranch, a Small Business Administration Outreach Center will help residents weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.
Residents can also register for federal assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or visiting the Federal Emergency Management Administration's Web site at www.fema.gov/assistance.
State seeks opinions on Kaena park closure
The Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold a public meeting tomorrow to discuss night closure of the Keawaula (Yokohama Bay) section of Kaena Point State Park.
The department wants public input on how it can address "long-standing problems with illegal evening activities at the park, damage to natural resources, and potential for injury to the public at a very isolated and remote area," DLNR Director Peter Young said.
Another issue is night access for fishermen, he said.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Waianae District Park multipurpose building, 81-601 Farrington Highway. For special accommodations at the meeting, call 587-0300.
Forum to discuss hepatitis in isles
A community forum on "Hepatitis: Prevention, Education, Treatment and Support" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Life Foundation, Suite 226, Gold Bond Building, 677 Ala Moana.
Speakers will be Dr. Alan Tice, infectious-disease specialist, John A. Burns School of Medicine; Heather Lusk, state hepatitis C prevention coordinator; and Ken Akinaka, executive director, Hepatitis Support Network of Hawaii.
They will discuss what is happening in Hawaii to stop hepatitis epidemics; the importance of testing and treating homeless, HIV-positive people, Asians and Pacific islanders; and treatment clinics opened by Tice at the Life Foundation, Waikiki Health Center and Kalihi-Palama Health Center.
Professionals, patients and family members are invited to the forum. Low-cost hepatitis B and C tests will be provided. Some testing will be provided free for those homeless or unable to pay.
A regular HepCats Hepatitis C & B Support meeting for patients, relatives and caregivers will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Those planning to attend the forum should call 221-6204, fax 738-5797 or e-mail KenAkinaka@aol.com.
Police, Fire, Courts
Diver apparently drowns on scuba tour in rough seas off Portlock
A 46-year-old man apparently drowned yesterday after he ran into trouble while diving at Spitting Caves in Portlock.
The man was part of a group of 12 to 15 divers who were participating in a commercial scuba diving tour, said Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman.
At about 9:08 a.m., tour officials on the boat noticed the diver was in distress at Spitting Caves. Seelig said ocean conditions were rough and weather conditions were windy. Seas were up to 4 feet.
Tour officials pulled him into the boat and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Water safety responded and also administered CPR without success.
Personnel from the Emergency Medical Services arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene.
The name of the 46-year-old man has yet to be released pending notification of next of kin.
2 men held in alleged theft at game parlor
Police arrested two men suspected of taking cash from another man at a game room in Pawaa.
At about 1 p.m. Saturday, police said, the victim, 35, was physically assaulted by two men at the game room located at 1334 Young St. Police said one of the two men assaulted the victim with a metal rod.
Police arrested both suspects Saturday on suspicion of first-degree robbery. One of the two suspects was also arrested on suspicion of first-degree hindering prosecution after he attempted to misdirect police in their investigation.
A third male was also involved in the robbery and is still at large.
Police recapture man who kicked out window
Police yesterday charged a 33-year-old man after he kicked out the rear window of a police vehicle.
Police identified him as Wallace Aukai II of no local address.
At about 12:10 p.m. Saturday, police said, Aukai was in custody in Kalihi for contempt and driving without a license. While police were transporting him, Aukai slipped out of his handcuffs and kicked out the rear window.
Police said he then climbed out of the police vehicle and fled. Aukai was soon apprehended by police.
Aukai was charged for escape in the second degree. He is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.
Aukai was also charged for other offenses, including contempt warrants and probation revocation warrants.
Man with cane knife robs firm in Waipahu
Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a Waipahu business establishment over the weekend.
The incident occurred at about 3:05 p.m. Saturday at LBC Mabuhay Hawaii Corp., located at 94-210 Leokane St.
Police said the man entered the business establishment wielding a large cane knife, stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled.
Police described the suspect as in his 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds.