HPD setting up july 4 checkpoints
Honolulu police will put up checkpoints throughout the Fourth of July weekend looking for alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers.
The checkpoints will be set up at various locations and times.
Three of the 51 traffic fatalities so far this year have been determined to be alcohol- or drug-related.
City to let everyone eat cake
To celebrate Honolulu's 100th birthday, the largest cake in city history will be served for free from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Honolulu Hale.
The cake, baked by The Patisserie Inc., will be 15 feet long by 18 feet wide, enough to serve 10,000 people.
Other vendors will sell food such as ribs, sugarcane shrimp, hot dogs and sushi.
Event-goers can tour Honolulu Hale, where history-making items will be sealed in a time capsule.
There will be entertainment by Roland Cazimero and friends, Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, Brother Noland, Sean Naauao and other performers.
Educational activities will be offered by 12 local nonprofit organizations including the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Contemporary Museum and Bishop Museum.
Free parking is available at the civic center lot at the corner of Beretania and Alapai streets, and street parking is free on Sundays.
For more information, call 275-3030 or visit the Web site www.honolulupride.com.
3 organizations earn environmental honors
Moanalua Gardens, Ho'oulu Lahui and Grace Pacific were honored in April by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Hawaiian environmental heroes for 2005.
"These organizations have applied creativity, teamwork and leadership in addressing many of Hawaii's most sensitive and complex environmental challenges," Wayne Nastri, administrator for the EPA region that includes Hawaii, said in a release announcing the awards. "Thanks to their efforts, our air, water and land will be cleaner and safer for generations to come."
The EPA gave these descriptions of the Hawaii winners:
» Ho'oulu Lahui, an educational nonprofit organization in Pahoa on the Big Island, seeks to perpetuate cultural traditions and practices of ancient Hawaiians. The group merges traditional concepts with current technology to create a sustainable community living in harmony with the environment. The organization has a cultural and environmental learning center on a 600-coastal-acre land base, is working with Kua 'O Ka La Public Charter School to create the first totally solar-power driven school in the state, and hosts students, families and educators from across the world to learn about its solar power program and other environmental practices.
» Moanalua Gardens Foundation, on Oahu, has helped preserve and protect the environmental and cultural resources of Hawaii. Foundation efforts since it was formed in 1970 include protesting the building of the H-3 freeway through Moanalua Valley; reaching thousands of public elementary school students with Partners in Education lessons on Hawaii's ecology, geology and geography; producing the distance learning program "Exploring the Islands"; and actively supporting the Legacy Lands Act of 2005, which earmarks 10 percent of real estate conveyance taxes for land conservation.
» Grace Pacific Corporation, Hawaii's fourth-largest construction firm, initiated a program to reduce air pollution, increase energy efficiency, and decrease fuel consumption by replacing and re-powering its off-road, diesel-powered vehicles and equipment that are more than 5 years old. The company will be the first Hawaii-based firm in its industry to meet the international standard for a comprehensive environmental management system. Grace Pacific plans to share what it learns from the project to help other Hawaii companies meet new emissions requirements.
» The Honolulu Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Iota, is one of 25 to be recognized with a "Distinguished Chapter" Award from the international honor society for two-year colleges.
Members Demusthenis Bordaje, Tami Ikegami and Amanda Wong recently went to the society's Seattle convention to accept the award.
» Keiki O Ka 'Aina Family Learning Centers received a $50,000 community and economic development grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The funds will be used to build an educational and cultural training center in Kalihi Valley and for workforce development activities.
» The McInerny Foundation gave $50,000 to fund the purchase of production equipment for the processing of donations from the community.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man breaks leg escaping fire
WAILUKU » A Haiku man broke a leg Thursday night after jumping from a 20-foot-high balcony to escape a fire in his house.
Battalion Chief David Kamalani said the man did not suffer burns from the 9:31 p.m. fire.
The fire caused an estimated $225,000 to the structure and contents of the house at 1565 Haiku Road.
Kamalani said the cause of the fire is under investigation. It took more than an hour to bring the fire under control.
Kalihi bicyclist injured after being hit by car
A 65-year-old Kalihi man was critically injured yesterday when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a car near the entrance to Kamehameha Schools.
The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Makuakane and Makuahine streets, police said.
Police said the bicyclist, while riding south on Makuakane Street, failed to stop at a stop sign at Makuahine Street. A maroon 1998 Mazda Protege driven by a 69-year-old Kalihi man hit the bicyclist and he was thrown from the bicycle and landed on the roadway, police said.
The bicyclist was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in extremely critical condition, an Emergency Medical Services spokesman said.
Police said the man suffered head injuries.
HFD puts out fire off Maunawili Falls Trail
Fire consumed brush off the Maunawili Falls Trail late yesterday afternoon.
Residents reported hearing fireworks and saw children run down the trail, fire Capt. Terry Seelig said.
Yesterday's fire was the largest of three brush fires in the last 10 days.
About 30 to 35 firefighters and the Honolulu Fire Department's helicopter, Air 1, responded to the 4:49 p.m. blaze. The fire was contained at 7:10 p.m.
No property was threatened, Seelig said.
Police arrest 1 man in stolen car case
Police arrested a 29-year-old man who was allegedly speeding in a stolen vehicle in Kailua.
Police said that about 12:25 a.m. Wednesday an officer monitoring traffic at Castle Junction noticed a blue Mini Cooper traveling at a high rate of speed.
The officer checked the license plate number and learned that the car had been reported stolen.
The car was stopped on Ulunahele Street in the Pohakupu subdivision. Two people got out and fled on foot, police said.
Officers caught one man, identified as the driver, at Uluoa and Ulumu streets nearby. The other person in the car got away.