Waipahu dedication rescheduled
The dedication of the Waipahu Public Library's young-adult room to the late C.O. Andy Anderson has moved from Wednesday to Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Anderson, who co-founded the Friends of Waipahu Public Library 20 years ago, will become only the seventh community member to have a room at a Hawaii state public library named after him.
He died in January at age 84.
What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:SUNDAY
Music in their blood
Anna and Don Womack make their living making music and are passing on that common bond on to their two young boys. Don, a professor and acting chairman of the University of Hawaii's Music Department, is a composer. Anna plays viola for the Honolulu Symphony. Their sons, Reid, 8, and Max, 5, are studying cello and violin, respectively.
The Friends of Iolani Palace plan a fundraising event that would have done King Kalakaua proud: a Victorian-Edwardian-theme garden party for which patrons will be expected to dress appropriately to the era.
Two former Big Island residents have found paradise as owners of a guest house in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Baby boomers, flush with cash, are fueling a run on multimillion-dollar condos in Hawaii.
Police, Fire, Courts
Homeless man is arrested in knifing
Police charged a 31-year-old Kailua-Kona man yesterday with second-degree assault in connection with a stabbing late Tuesday night.
Justin Marcus Walthall, who has no permanent address, is being held in the Kealekehe police cellblock in lieu of $2,000 bail.
At about 11:45 p.m., Hawaii police officers responded to the reported stabbing in the county parking lot in Kailua-Kona and encountered a 31-year-old homeless man walking across Kuakini Highway carrying a knife.
After getting the man to put the knife down, officers spoke with a 39-year-old Kona man, who reported that he had been walking across the parking lot when another man bumped into him with the knife. The victim reported that when he asked the man what the problem was, the man pulled out the knife and slashed at him. The victim said he ran away but sustained a 3-inch cut to his left forearm while trying to defend himself.
The victim was treated for the knife wound at Kona Community Hospital and then released.
Police arrested Walthall at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Man is arrested in abuse of girlfriend
A Pepeekeo man was charged with kidnapping and abuse of a household member for allegedly holding his girlfriend against her will Wednesday and abusing her.
The victim reported that she was attempting to get into a vehicle with relatives at a home in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna when her live-in boyfriend pulled her by the hair, threatened her and forced her into his own vehicle. He then reportedly struck her in the head and face, kicked her in the stomach and ordered her to remove her clothes and stand outside.
Police arrested Stefanus Leucio Ifenuk, 48, of Pepeekeo at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and charged him. He was being held in lieu of $12,000 bail.
Toxic smoke injures elderly Kalihi couple
An elderly couple was taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a heap of roofing material caught fire next to their Kalihi house Wednesday.
The man, 93, and the woman, 89, were taken to Kuakini Medical Center in stable condition, said Bryan Cheplic, Emergency Services Department spokesman.
Honolulu fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said the fire was contained to the pile of discarded roofing material on the side of the house at 2445 Nihi St.
Roofing material releases toxic chemicals when burned, and "smoke is always a concern," he said. "It's not just the flames. Smoke is deadly as well."
Five fire companies brought the 7:40 p.m. fire under control at about 7:55 p.m.