NOAA grant to benefit Hanalei watershed
The Hanalei Watershed Hui has received a $59,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to restore fishery habitat in the Hanalei watershed.
The NOAA funds will be matched with funds from the hui and the Hawaii Tourism Authority, according to an NOAA Fisheries Service news release.
The hui will attempt to reduce erosion from forest trails, which sends sediment into the Hanalei River and onto beaches and coral reefs. Proposed techniques include filling erosion gullies, building runoff diversion features, covering exposed slopes with erosion control matting, and reseeding areas with grasses and sedges.
The hui will measure the benefits of the erosion control methods by monitoring the bay, river and its tributaries.
Hanalei Bay, which is part of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, attracts more than half a million visitors annually for its scenic beauty, beaches, coral reefs and hiking trails, the release said. Many trails are experiencing severe erosion, which has harmful effects on the feeding, spawning and breeding habitat of native fish.
"NOAA's goals for habitat restoration are best accomplished through strong community-based stewardship," NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher said in the release.
Isle-California alliance targets air pollution
The East-West Center and a California company have formed a new partnership to address air pollution in the Asia-Pacific region, they announced in a joint news release.
Sonoma Technology Inc. is a San Francisco area company that provides air quality and meteorological research and services. The company has the technical expertise to provide air quality monitoring, emissions assessment, modeling, data analysis and other services related to the complex problem of air pollution, the release said.
The East-West Center will offer its knowledge of the Asia Pacific region, including cultural, technical and demographic elements. The education and research organization works to strengthen relations among the U.S. and countries of the Asia Pacific.
"Air pollution problems are incredibly complex, and working to resolve them in the Asia Pacific region is challenging because of the region's rapid growth," said Nancy Lewis, the East-West Center's director of research. For more information about the partners, see www.EastWestCenter.org and www.sonomatech.com.
Police, Fire, Courts
Kalihi man, 33, held in early morning attack on teen
Police arrested a 33-year-old Kalihi man after he allegedly broke a woman's jaw.
At about 4:40 a.m. yesterday, police said, the woman, 19, was walking behind Longs Drug at 1330 Pali Highway when she was approached by the suspect.
Police said he offered to pay her for sexual favors, but she declined and attempted to walk away. He got out of his vehicle, grabbed her and punched her several times. Police said he then forced her into his vehicle and drove off, continuing to punch her.
When he stopped at a traffic light, she jumped out of the passenger window.
Police were called and located the suspect.
Police found a glass pipe containing white residue in his vehicle.
The 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, assault in the second degree, dangerous drugs in the third degree and drug paraphernalia.
Police said the victim was taken to Queen's Medical Center for a possible broken jaw.
Woman is arrested in attack on boyfriend
Police arrested a 29-year-old woman after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend with a hammer.
Police said the suspect and her boyfriend, 49, were having an argument in the 1900 block of Liliha St. at about 4:05 p.m. Saturday when the woman threatened him with a kitchen knife.
Police said the man fled and attempted to call police when the woman struck him with a hammer. It is unknown what type of injuries the man suffered from.
Police from District 5 responded and arrested the woman on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree assault.
Snorkeler found off Waimanalo identified
The Department of the Medical Examiner identified the 75-year-old man who apparently drowned while snorkeling at Waimanalo Beach as James K. Pekelo Jr.*
At about 1:48 p.m. Saturday, Pekelo was found unresponsive in the water. Police said bystanders brought him to shore and that Emergency Medical Services arrived.
Pekelo was transported to Castle Medical Center, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Police said there were no signs of foul play. An autopsy was expected to be performed today.
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
» The Department of the Medical Examiner identified the 75-year-old man who apparently drowned while snorkeling at Waimanalo Beach Saturday as James K. Pekelo Jr. of Waimanalo. A Police/Fire item on Page A5 Monday incorrectly gave his name as John K. Pekelo Jr.