Crash cuts power to HECO customers
Seven hundred Hawaiian Electric Co. customers lost power for several hours yesterday after a flatbed truck struck a utility pole near the Waikane Store, at 48-377 Kamehameha Highway, at about 1 p.m.
The truck driver was taken by ambulance to Castle Medical Center in serious but stable condition.
Police contra-flowed traffic while HECO crews made the repairs. Power was restored by 5 p.m., and the road was reopened at 5:49 p.m.
BARRY MARKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-BULLETIN
HECO workers examined damage yesterday moments after a flatbed truck struck a utility pole.
Hawaiian Homes project breaks ground
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands broke ground yesterday on the largest Hawaiian Homes residential project in Maui's history.
The 320-unit Waiohuli residential subdivision in the Upcountry area was made possible by the repositioning of a waterline and road for a separate 66-farm-lot Hawaiian homelands subdivision, the department said in a news release.
The first phase of 98 homes is expected to be built in late 2007. The 320 leases were awarded in June 2005. Some went to families who had been on the waiting list for more than 25 years.
The project is being developed under a department program that allows a beneficiary to accept a lease without first having to financially qualify for a mortgage.
Lions Club stages annual variety show
The Lions Club of Honolulu Foundation is presenting its annual "Cavalcade of Stars" variety show on Aug. 26 at the McKinley High School Auditorium.
The show is free, but the first-come, first-served seating is limited to 1,000 people. Entertainers include comedian Frank De Lima, the Hypersquad dance group, magic by Michael Ching and singer Jon Osorio.
For information and transportation arrangements, call Jack Schweigert at 533-7491.
Comments on memorial sought
The National Park Service is inviting the public to two open houses where officials will discuss possible alternatives for replacing the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center.
Park Service officials say the current center has a deteriorating foundation and also needs to be improved to better serve visitors. Open houses will be held at the center on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and next Saturday at 3 p.m. There will be other opportunities for public comment through Sept. 16.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man, 48, is charged in child sex assault
A 48-year-old Honolulu man was charged yesterday for allegedly producing pornographic material using a 12-year-old girl, police said.
Authorities charged Steven Makoto Oyama with third-degree sexual assault.
Oyama was arrested yesterday on suspicion of promoting child abuse, but the case was reclassified to third-degree sexual assault. Police alleged that he produced pornographic videos.
Bail was set at $50,000.
Hiker missing since Thursday found safe
Big Island police and fire personnel found a 57-year-old Illinois hiker yesterday who was reported missing Thursday afternoon in West Hawaii.
Phillip Michael Thomas of Darien, Ill., was found safe at 6:33 a.m. in good condition, police said.
Thomas was reported missing after hiking down Kaawaloa Trail off Napoopoo Road at 12:20 p.m. and failed to return at 1 p.m. as planned, police said.
Police and fire personnel searched the trail and surrounding area until 9:45 p.m. Thursday.
They resumed the search at 5:37 a.m. yesterday and found Thomas with the help of a Fire Department helicopter.