Flags will be lowered to honor legislator
State flags at all Hawaii state and county buildings will be flown at half-staff this Saturday in honor of former state Rep. Wing Kong Chong. Gov. Linda Lingle has requested that flags be flown until sunset. Chong, who passed away on April 25, represented the Hilo Second House District in the early 1970s. Funeral services for Chong will also take place on Saturday.
2 Nanakuli students honored for rescue
The American Red Cross recognized two Nanakuli High School students for rescuing a woman who was hit on the head with a surfboard at Makaha Beach.
Kaimana Beauford, 18, and Noland Keaulana Martin, 17, pulled the unconscious woman into their canoe and took her to shore, where lifeguards resuscitated her. Lifeguards said the teens' actions last February saved the woman's life.
The Hawaii chapter of the American Red Cross and Central Pacific Bank named the teens this month's True Blue Heroes. They received the honor during an assembly at Nanakuli High School last Friday.
For information on how to nominate someone for the True Blue Hero award, visit www.hawaiiredcross.org or call the Red Cross at 739-8130.
UH research center opens in Honokaa
HONOKAA, Hawaii » The University of Hawaii opened its new North Hawaii Education and Research Center in the former Honokaa Hospital building yesterday, reaching into an area not served by higher education.
In the converted 1951 hospital, the center will serve 20 miles south to Laupahoehoe, 30 miles north to Kohala and 30 miles west to Waikoloa.
"The area is considered to be rich in opportunities for research, field studies, and internships," a university statement said.
Introductory college courses already are being taught in the community, she said.
The first phase of creating the center was done with $1.75 million, which includes classrooms, offices and computer labs. The Legislature has approved a $3.75 million second phase with more classrooms and equipment.
Police, Fire, Courts
Wailuku man dies in collision of 3 vehicles
A 35-year-old Wailuku man died Monday after he was rear-ended by a cement truck on Piilani Highway near Welakahao Road.
Police identified him as Reid Watanabe.
About 4:23 p.m. Monday, a 32-year-old Paia man was traveling Maalea-bound on the highway in a white 1990 Hawaiian Cement truck. Police said the cement truck rear-ended Watanabe, who was traveling in front of the truck in a white 1987 Chevy flatbed truck that is registered to Tri Isle Inc.
Police said Watanabe crossed over into the Wailea-bound lane and collided with a silver Mitsubishi multi-purpose vehicle driven by a 24-year-old Kihei man.
Watanabe was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the 32-year-old man and 24-year-old man suffered minor injuries in the crash.
All three men were wearing seatbelts.
This is the sixth traffic- related fatality on Maui compared to four at the same time last year.
Police seek man to question about death
Police have released photos of a man they want to question because he was the last person seen with another man who was later found dead in his bed at the Island Colony Resort on April 29.
Honolulu police are trying to locate this man who was last seen with a male found dead in a Waikiki apartment.
An autopsy will be performed, but there are no obvious injuries and the death is not considered suspicious, according to Sgt. Kim Capllonch, CrimeStoppers coordinator for the Honolulu Police Department.
A security camera in the elevator took the photos at about 6 a.m. that day. The dead man's roommate also saw the two men together in his studio apartment before leaving for work. When he returned about 12:45 p.m., he found his roommate dead. He had never seen the other man before.
"Right now, it's just an unattended death," said Capllonch, noting that the witness is not under investigation. "Police just want to ask some questions as to how this man passed," she said.
The witness is described as a Caucasian male with blue eyes, 5 feet 11 inches, 150 pounds, with a tan complexion and short, black wavy hair. He was wearing a blue blazer and black pants that day.
Anyone with information about him should call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Man arrested for pulling knife near bar
Police arrested a man who allegedly pulled a switchblade on employees in the parking lot of a Waikiki bar.
The incident happened at about 9:15 a.m. Monday, while the employees were leaving the bar, police said.
Police say woman hit girl with ukulele
A woman hit a girl over the head with her ukulele yesterday in the playground of Central Middle School, police said.
Police said the assault happened after an argument at about 2 p.m.
A campus security guard witnessed the incident and the suspect was taken into custody.
Police arrest alleged check forger in Kalihi
Police arrested a 24-year-old woman who allegedly cashed three forged checks at a financial institution in Kalihi earlier this month.
Police said the woman cashed the three checks on May 16. The financial institution later discovered that the checks were invalid and then faxed a memo about the incident to all of its branches, police said.
When the woman showed up at a different branch to cash another check a couple of days later, police were called. The woman was arrested for investigation of three counts of second-degree forgery.
19-year-old arrested in alleged rape
Police arrested a 19-year-old Honolulu man who allegedly raped his girlfriend earlier this month.
Police said the suspect restrained his girlfriend at about 4 p.m. on May 15, then physically and sexually assaulted her.
The boyfriend was arrested Monday for investigation of first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping and abuse of a household member. He was later released pending investigation.