Hard landing forces Lanai Airport closure
WAILUKU » A light airplane made a hard landing at the Lanai Airport yesterday, shutting down the runway for more than two hours and canceling two commercial flights.
No one was injured in the hard landing at about 3 p.m. yesterday, and the runway was open by 5:18 p.m., said state transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa.
Ishikawa said the landing gear failed to lower, and the airplane skidded on its belly. He said although there was no fire or damage to the runway, workers took a while to clear the area.
Ishikawa said the airplane, a Piper Chieftain, was owned by George's Aviation Services, and there were a pilot and co-pilot aboard it.
Kauai opens trout season
Trout fishing in Kauai's Kokee Public Fishing Area begins today, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced.
About 1,500 anglers turn out each year for the chance to catch more than 7,000 stocked rainbow trout in the Puu Lua Reservoir.
Fishing will be allowed daily until Aug. 20 and on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays until Sept. 30. The daily bag limit is seven rainbow trout per licensed angler.
62 new graduates get their white coats
Traditional white coats were presented last night to 62 new students in the John A. Burns Medical School, including a record number of 16 full or part-Hawaiian students.
The white coats are donated by alumni celebrating their 25th reunion in the year that the incoming class graduates.
Dr. Samuel Shomaker, outgoing interim dean of the medical school, presided at the ceremony -- his last before leaving for a new position in Texas.
Keynote speaker was Dr. Damon Sakai, JABSOM professor of medicine, talking about "Compassion in Medicine." He also will administer the Hippocratic Oath.
Dr. Patricia Blanchette, JABSOM professor and president of the Hawaii Medical Association, presented stethoscopes from the association to the students.
Drs. Roger Kimura and Calvin Wong also participated in the presentation.
Other gifts will include the books "On Doctoring," from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and "Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking," from the Friends of the Medical School.
Police, Fire, Courts
Motorcyclist injured in Waimanalo crash
A 35-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured last night in an accident with a van in Waimanalo, said an Emergency Services Department spokesman.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Hinalea and Oluolu streets at 6:23 p.m., according to police dispatch.
The man was taken in critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center.
Homeless man faces manslaughter charge
Authorities charged a 54-year-old homeless man yesterday after another homeless man whom he allegedly punched died.
Kapeli Lafaele was charged with manslaughter yesterday afternoon.
Lafaele allegedly punched a 58-year-old man on Wednesday night who was trying to stop him from allegedly taking a bedsheet from another person near Beretania Street in downtown Honolulu.
The victim, after being punched twice, hit his head on the roadway and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
The victim died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
Power cord blamed in fatal Aiea blaze
The Honolulu Fire Department said the fire that killed an 82-year-old man in his Aiea Heights house was caused by an electrical fault in a power cord.
The fire investigator's determination was provided yesterday in a written news release.
The victim, Susumu Kajiwara, died July 24 in his home at 99-38-A Uwau Drive.
Kajiwara's brother, 84, tried to save him, but smoke, flames and explosions hampered his efforts.
The fire destroyed the single-story wooden home.