Program to train reef watchers
Those interested in helping maintain Hawaii's coral reefs can attend a training program at Windward Community College.
The program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday and Saturday. The first two sessions are at Hale 'Imiloa, Room 123. The site for the last session has not been chosen. For more information, contact Reef Check Hawaii Executive Director Melissa MacGarrett at 392-0509 or at email@example.com.
Shipment delay stalls delivery of asphalt
A shipment of asphalt-producing crude oil did not arrive in Hawaii on Wednesday as anticipated and is now expected Thursday or Friday, said Jeanette Mukai, Tesoro Hawaii spokeswoman.
"There was a delay, which is why we're reluctant to give actual dates," Mukai said.
The crude oil is from Ecuador. If it arrives this week as expected, Tesoro hopes to have liquid asphalt ready for distribution Sunday or Monday, Mukai said. Liquid asphalt is mixed with aggregate to make road asphalt used in road construction and repair.
Tesoro became the only liquid asphalt producer in Hawaii when the state's only other petroleum refiner, Chevron Hawaii, stopped making it in February.
Tesoro ran out of its supply of liquid asphalt last month, halting city pothole repairs, state roadway resurfacing and some military projects.
The shortage also put 160 employees of Grace Pacific, one of the state's major producers of road asphalt, out of work.
Officials ID victim in May 6 drowning
LIHUE » Nearly a month after his remains were found, and just more than a week after he was to graduate from Kapaa High School, John Dacuycuy was identified as the man who drowned off Kauai on May 6, county officials said yesterday.
The 17-year-old from Kapaa drowned near the Marine Camp at Nukolii, and remains were recovered there the next day.
According to Kauai officials, samples were sent to a lab in Seattle for DNA testing, and they were identified recently.
Malfunction releases waste in Mamala Bay
A Navy waste-water treatment plant at Fort Kamehameha malfunctioned early Saturday, discharging about 166,000 gallons of treated effluent without a final ultraviolet disinfection.
A Navy news release said a power outage at 7 a.m. and a generator switch failure meant that some waste water got advanced secondary treatment but did not go through the final disinfection before being released into Mamala Bay.
The Navy notified the state Department of Health as required by its operating permit. No signs needed to be posted on the coast, since the treated effluent was discharged via the plant's 12,500-foot-long outfall and 150-foot-deep diffuser, Navy officials said.
Reef protection PSA wins 2 film awards
A public service announcement that urges tourists and residents to protect Hawaii's coral reefs has garnered two awards for Hawaii-based filmmaker Ziggy Livnat's For the Sea Productions.
"Hawaiian Blue: Hawaii Reef Etiquette" received a "Best In Advertising/PSA Category" and a "Merit Award for Imaginative Storytelling" from the International Wildlife Film Festival, a news release from Scott Foster and Associates said.
Livnat's seven-minute public service announcement pairs footage of Hawaii reef fish in their natural habitat with a humorous narrative that teaches how to enjoy, respect and preserve the fragile reef environment.
In the original English version, the lead character, a humuhumunukunukuapuaa (Hawaii's state fish) is voiced by Hawaii comedian Augie T. A Japanese-language version will be voiced by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
The film is currently shown on Aloha Airlines' trans-Pacific flights and at Outrigger and Starwood hotels, the Maui Ocean Center and the Waikiki Aquarium. The film can be viewed at www.ForTheSea.com and is available free to the tourism industry and educators.
Livnat recently completed a new 45-minute film, "Hawaiian Blue: The Encounters," which includes shots from more than 400 day and night dives in Hawaii.
More information about the film festival can be seen at www.wildlifefilms.org/festival/awards_ff.htm.
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Police, Fire, Courts
Fisherman, 71, dies in South Point waters
HILO » A 71-year-old Naalehu fisherman died in the waters off a shoreline cliff near South Point yesterday, police and fire officials said. His identity was withheld pending notification of kin.
Witnesses saw the man enter the water wearing a wet suit at about 10:45 a.m., the Fire Department said. He was seen floating face down at about 11:15 a.m.
Fire rescue personnel said the man was apparently wearing a diving mask, but it came off while they retrieved the body and was found floating near him. It is not clear whether there was water in the mask when the man was found, they said.
The body was brought to shore by helicopter and then taken to Kona Community Hospital where the man was declared dead.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed to determine the cause of death.
Kauai car crash victim is airlifted to Queen's
HANAPEPE, Kauai » A 33-year-old Waimea man was airlifted to the Queen's Medical Center yesterday after his vehicle hit a utility pole.
At about 8:30 a.m., Daniel Bowen was traveling east on Kaumualii Highway near mile marker 17 when his vehicle ran off the roadway, police said.
He is in critical but stable condition, county officials said yesterday afternoon.