Boy Choir holding auditions
The Honolulu Boy Choir is holding auditions for new choir members between the ages of 7 and 12.
Auditions will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Makiki Christian Church at 829 Pensacola St. The Honolulu Boy Choir is a tuition-free program that has been entertaining audiences throughout the world since 1974. To schedule an audition appointment, call 596-7464. For more information on the choir, visit www.honoluluboychoir.org.
South, east shores expecting jellyfish
A jellyfish advisory for today and tomorrow has been issued for Waikiki, Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay, Makaha Beach and Waimea Bay.
The city Ocean Safety Division advises the public to stay out of the water.
If you are stung, flush the area with white vinegar. Seek medical attention immediately if difficulty in breathing, muscle cramps and/or persistent pain occurs. Lifeguard stations are equipped to treat stings.
A report from the Ocean Safety Division about ocean conditions, advisories and warnings can be accessed 24 hours a day at 922-3888, ext. 51.
Queen's gets $1.7M to build H-1 offramp
More than $1.7 million was awarded to Queen's Health System by the U.S. Transportation Department to construct an offramp extension from the H-1 freeway to the Queen's Medical Center, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said yesterday.
Hospital officials will construct a right-turn lane from the eastbound H-1 freeway offramp at Kinau Street to Lusitana Street.
Sustainable energy is focus of lecture
"On the Road to Energy Self-Sufficiency: A Vision to Make Hawaii More Sustainable" will be the topic of a free Outreach College lecture from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, Yukiyoshi Room, Krauss Hall.
Speakers will be Bob King and his wife, Kelly, who founded Pacific Biodiesel Inc. in 1996 because of potential health and environmental problems resulting from restaurant grease clogging the Central Maui Landfill.
Pacific Biodiesel processed cooking oil and grease from restaurants and hotels and converted it to an "environmentally friendly" fuel. The small operation on Maui was recognized as one of the first commercially viable biodiesel plants in the nation, according to the company's Web site.
2 doctors to speak about cancers
The American Cancer Society will present talks by Dr. David Wei on prostate cancer and Dr. James Kakuda on colon cancer from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in its Queen Emma Conference Room, 2370 Nuuanu Ave.
Those planning to attend are asked to call 432-9158 by Thursday.
» Dr. Richard McDowell, chairman of Kona Community Hospital's Emergency Department, has been elected president of the Hawaii Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
McDowell, who will serve a two-year term, is one of eight members on the Hawaii Chapter's board and one of only two members serving from the neighbor islands. He has been a member of the Hawaii Chapter's board for four years. He served on the Pennsylvania Chapter's board for nine years and was president of that chapter from 1993 to 1994.
Kona Community Hospital, founded in 1914, is a 94-bed licensed acute-care hospital with 24-hour emergency services.
» Kent Harland, a Leeward Community College TV Production student, has won this year's student Emmy Award scholarship. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gave Harland the "Best Videography" award of $3,000.
» Mary Donohue, associate director of the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, was among panelists discussing marine debris as part of Capitol Hill Ocean Week, June 13-14 in Washington, D.C.
Donohue described the challenges and successes of scientific research and trying to combat marine debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. She ran the marine debris removal program for the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu for four years and spent summers with divers in the northwestern islands removing marine debris.
» Kona resident Jon Sabati was recently honored with the Conservation Hero of the Week award by Field & Stream magazine. Sabati has worked to improve wildlife habitat in Hawaii by forming the state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, which he serves as state president, according to a news release.
» Irving Kawashima, a Big Island manager of state Na Ala Hele trails for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, is one of nine national recipients of the 2006 Coalition of Recreational Trails Program's national achievement award. Kawashima was recognized for his work developing and managing the Upper Waiakea all-terrain-vehicle/dirt bike park in the Waiakea state forest reserve.
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Police, Fire, Courts
Suspects sought in Big Isle pellet gun shootings
Big Island police are searching for the suspect or suspects involved in two pellet gun drive-by shootings late Saturday in Kawaihae.
The two shootings occurred at the Kawaihae Shopping Center in front of Cafe Pesto.
In the first incident, a vehicle was shot shortly before 11:37 p.m. with an air gun pellet, denting the vehicle, police said.
Witnesses told police they saw a newer-model white Jeep Cherokee driving out of the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor at the time of the shooting.
Police said witnesses reported a second shot, fired 10 minutes after the first, which is believed to have struck the shopping center building.
Witnesses also saw a raised brown GM-type pickup truck with large tires, running lights and a large "DO IT" sticker on the rear window leaving the boat harbor at the time of the second shooting, police said.
No one was injured, but several people were in the immediate area, police said.
Police recovered air gun pellets in both cases.
Anyone with information concerning the shootings is asked to call officer Paul Bugado or South Kohala Patrol at 887-3080 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.
Anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
Man is arrested in threats with gun
Police arrested a 54-year-old man after he showed up at a Waimanalo woman's home Sunday after allegedly threatening to shoot her.
The woman 43, said she received numerous phone calls at about 1 a.m. from the man, who said he was going to shoot her. Police responded to the woman's house so she could make a police report and had to return later when the man showed up.
Police said officers found the man with a loaded firearm. He was arrested for investigation of numerous firearm violations, first-degree terroristic threatening and harassment.
Woman caught in car could be burglar
Police arrested a 19-year-old woman who was caught allegedly trying to start someone else's car Sunday in Waimanalo.
Police said the car owner, a 32-year-old man, confronted the woman at about 2:40 a.m. and asked her what she was doing. The startled woman responded by getting out of the car, handing the man his keys and walking away.
Police said the man realized the woman must have been in his house and taken his keys because they had been left on a table.
Police arrested the woman for investigation of first-degree burglary and auto theft.
2 men's argument leads to stabbing
A 46-year-old man was arrested after allegedly stabbing another man in the buttocks earlier this month.
The suspect and victim, 66, were acquaintances who got into an argument on June 2 near North Nimitz Highway, according to police.
During the argument, the suspect allegedly stabbed the victim in the buttocks and fled.
The victim saw the suspect on Saturday and called police. Officers arrested the suspect for investigation of second-degree assault.
2,800 lose power after Makiki cable blows up
An underground electrical cable in the area of Heulu Street in Makiki blew up yesterday, cutting power to about 2,800 Hawaiian Electric Co. customers, according to HECO.
A witness reported hearing an underground explosion and then seeing smoke coming out of a manhole cover at about 7:15 a.m. Police confirmed the smoking manhole at 7:22 a.m.
The outage also affected traffic lights at several nearby intersections, officials said. HECO officials said the power was reported back on at about 8 a.m. for most of the customers except for those on Heulu Street. HECO was investigating the cause of the explosion.
Man arrested after failing to pay bar tab
Police arrested a 43-year-old man who allegedly ran up a $413 tab in Waikiki and then said he could not pay for it.
Police said the man sat at the bar Friday night and ran a tab for two hours purchasing alcoholic beverages for himself and others, including two bottles of champagne, one priced at $60 and another priced at $280. When the man was handed the bill, he said he did not have any money to pay and that his credit card had hit its limit.
Police were called and arrested him for investigation of second-degree theft.