Isle charity kicks off campaign
The Aloha United Way has launched its 2006 annual fundraising campaign with Nate Smith, president of Oceanic Time Warner Cable, serving as campaign chairman.
Smith said he expects this to be a good year for AUW because the economy is strong. One of every two people on Oahu is touched by AUW's more than 400 programs and services, according to a release. For information, contact AUW at 536-1951 or visit www.auw.org.
Hawaii Kai sewers to get smoke test
Hawaii Kai residents might see smoke coming from the ground over the next couple of weeks as a company tests the sewer lines for leaks.
Hawaii American Water, which runs the sewage system for Hawaii Kai, will be pumping a nontoxic smoke into the sewer pipes and looking for possible leaks where the smoke is able to seep up through the ground.
The company is sending fliers in the mail to Kamiloiki and Hahaione valley residents to alert them to the testing, which is scheduled to start Monday and run through Sept. 15.
The white/gray smoke is nontoxic, nonstaining and has no odor.
Residents who find smoke in their homes should notify work crews in the area.
It could show that sewer gases are entering the home and that there could be possible plumbing problems.
Police say Kauai kids are being approached
LIHUE » The Kauai Police Department asked parents yesterday to remind their children not to talk to strangers after a number of reports about kids being approached outside school.
According to police, strangers tried to talk to at least three children in the past few days. They did not identify which school or schools have been targeted.
While no child has been abducted and there have been differing descriptions of the possible suspects, the rarity of this type of incident on the Garden Isle led to the announcement, police officials said.
"We recommend that parents tell their children to run away if they are confronted by a stranger and tell a parent, guardian or other trusted adult immediately," said Lt. Jon Takamura, head of the Youth Investigative Services Division.
Kauai police officials also ask that parents or adults who have information on these events pass it along to police.
Reach Lt. Takamura at 241-1691 or call police dispatch at 241-1711.
Repaving to close portion of highway
A lane of Farrington Highway will be closed today and tomorrow as Hawaiian Electric Co. contractors repave a section at Koio Drive.
The repaving will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Honolulu Police Department special-duty officers will be on hand to assist with traffic control.
June Watanabe is on vacation. Her "Kokua Line" column returns Sept. 6.
Grant supports 'Palolo Pride' event
The City and County of Honolulu
, through the Mayor's Anti-Drug Fund, has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Palolo Lions Club
and the Mutual Assistance Association Center
The funds, along with corporate donations, will be used to stage the 12th annual "Palolo Pride" community event Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It will be held at the Palolo Recreation Center and District Park at the mauka end of Palolo Avenue.
The focus will be anti-drug education and awareness, a key issue of concern to the Palolo Valley community.
Booths and workshops manned by professionals and community leaders will address the many factors that promote a drug-free lifestyle, including advanced education and employment re-education.
Also assisting in the event will be the East Honolulu Rotary Club, Waikiki Health Center and Hawaiian Electric Co.
Darla J. Thomas, a school counselor for the state Department of Education, was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pa. She was recognized for her innovative drug prevention activities developed for Hawaii schools and other organizations in Hawaii and the South Pacific over the last 20 years.
Thomas received her master's degree in counseling psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu, and master's in school administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The Sacred Hearts Academy has received $200,000 from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation to be paid over a five-year period. The grant has been earmarked for a performing arts center for its choral, band and dance programs.
The Community Clinic of Maui has received a $25,000 gift from the Dowling Community Improvement Foundation for renovation of its main facility in Kahului. The clinic provides accessible, affordable health services, particularly to the working poor, the uninsured and high-risk populations.
"Shining Stars" runs Sunday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Police charge boy in assault of man, 49
Police charged a 17-year-old boy yesterday who allegedly knocked unconscious a man more than twice his age last month.
The teen was charged with first-degree assault.
Police said the boy and a 49-year-old man were arguing in Waikiki at 1:12 a.m. July 29 when the boy punched the man once in the face.
Police said the man was unconscious and fell to the ground, suffering serious bodily injury.
Police found the boy at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday and arrested him for investigation of first-degree assault.
21 parked vehicles vandalized downtown
Police are looking for the suspect or suspects who damaged 21 vehicles parked in downtown Honolulu near the Board of Water Supply on Saturday.
Police said the perpetrators also slashed both passenger-side tires on all the vehicles, which were parked in the area of Lauhala and Lisbon streets between 6:30 and 7:10 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
2 brush fires burn roughly 10 acres
Firefighters battled two brush fires between the Hawaii Kai Golf Course and Makapuu Point that scorched about 10 acres yesterday.
The first fire started shortly after 3:15 a.m. about a quarter-mile on the Makapuu side of the golf course entrance near an area that burned earlier this summer, said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada.
About 20 firefighters battled the fire, which scorched five acres, Tejada said.
Police closed Kalanianaole Highway for several hours as a precaution but eventually set up a contra-flow lane for rush hour traffic. The fire was reported extinguished at 7:25 a.m., Tejada said.
A second fire broke out at about 10 a.m. closer to the Makapuu side of the earlier fire, Tejada said.
About 30 fire personnel were involved in fighting that fire, which was extinguished at 3:52 p.m.
Firefighters did not know what caused the fire.
Yesterday's fires brought the number of brush fires to 466 for the year, versus 749 last year and 441 in 2004, Tejada said.