Professor to host geology tour
A geology tour of the Kailua ahupuaa will be conducted by Floyd McCoy, geology professor at Windward Community College, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7.
Geological sites to be visited are the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Ameron Quarry and Na Pohaku o Hauwahine. A donation of $5 is requested. To register, contact Rick Kaimi Scudder at 589-2963 or Chuck Burrows at firstname.lastname@example.org.
800 people apply for property tax credit
The city says that more than 800 people have applied thus far for a new property tax credit capping taxes at 4 percent for landowners with an aggregate income of $50,000 or less.
For example, the city says a couple with a home valued at $600,000, a homeowner's exemption and a combined income of $40,000 would pay no more than $1,600, or $554 less than the tax bill without the credit.
Monday is the deadline to apply for the tax credit and homeowner exemptions.
Multiple exemptions based on the homeowner's age will change next year. Owner-occupants younger than 65 who have not already filed will have to apply for a new standard $80,000 homeowner exemption (up from $40,000), while those 65 and older are eligible for a $120,000 exemption (up from $60,000).
Applications must be postmarked no later than Monday or submitted in person at the Treasury Office on the ground floor of Honolulu Hale, or at some satellite city halls.
For more information on the tax credit, call the Treasury Division at 523-4856.
For more information on the exemptions, call the Real Property Assessment Division at 527-5539 (Honolulu) or 692-5541 (Kapolei).
Lingle, Iwase agree to televised debate
Republican Gov. Linda Lingle and her Democratic opponent, Randy Iwase, have accepted an invitation to participate in a live television debate to be held next Friday at 7 p.m.
The one-hour debate is sponsored by the Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and will be held in the studio of KITV 4.
It will be broadcast live statewide on KHON, KITV and KHNL; KGMB will broadcast the debate at a later time.
Lingle said yesterday that she will also appear at a joint appearance at a gubernatorial candidate forum, hosted by the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters and Kona Outdoor Circle, to be held later next month.
Coming this weekend in your Star-Bulletin:
The Interscholastic League of Honolulu has the
feature football game tonight as No. 1-ranked Punahou plays No. 2 Saint Louis at Aloha Stadium. The winner will have the inside track for the league championship.
A talk with Hawaii's elite survival Coast Guard rescue swimmers like those depicted in Kevin Costner's latest film, "The Guardian."
Today: Writer Jason Genegabus goes for a ride via Dean Kamen's Segway tour.
Business: Joseph and Kristen Souza, who began Kaneohe-based Kanilea Ukulele as a shoestring operation nearly a decade ago, have invested $250,000 into their business to try to accomplish their goal of becoming the best ukulele company in the world.
Travel: When the sun goes down and the lights come on, Paris transforms into a completely different city.
Police, Fire, Courts
SUV passenger dies in crash with truck
A 38-year-old Lihue man was killed yesterday when the sport utility vehicle he was riding in was broadsided by a garbage truck in Wailua.
Kauai police said the accident occurred at about 4 p.m. at the junction of Kuhio Highway and North Leho Drive.
Police said the 64-year-old woman driving the 2004 Suzuki SUV was turning left onto Kuhio Highway heading south from North Leho Drive when a Garden Isle Disposal garbage truck heading north broadsided it.
The man, a back-seat passenger in the SUV, received major injuries and died at the scene, police said. The driver was taken to Wilcox Hospital, treated and admitted for observation. The truck driver, 22, was not injured.
3 men caught after storefront shootings
Police caught three men yesterday involved in the BB shooting of two business storefronts on King Street.
Police said the men, ages 19, 20 and 21, were traveling east on South King Street when they took several shots with a BB-type gun at glass picture windows of Golden Duck Restaurant and the Bike Shop.
A witness gave police the license number of the vehicle. Police located the vehicle and arrested three of the four occupants on suspicion of fourth-degree criminal property damage.
Fights among teens result in 2 arrests
Police arrested one teenage suspect for allegedly making threats with a knife and another for allegedly shooting a boy with a BB gun Wednesday afternoon in Kalihi.
Two 19-year-olds allegedly got into a fight, and one threatened the other with a knife, police said.
The two were separated, and the suspect was held by security officers until police arrived.
He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening. The suspect's friends and the victim's friends were fighting down the street, when one allegedly shot a 16-year-old in the eye with a BB gun, police said.
Police found the 16-year-old suspect nearby and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree assault.
Man allegedly tosses ex-girlfriend onto glass
Police arrested a 52-year-old man who allegedly injured his ex-girlfriend by throwing her onto broken glass.
Police said the man showed up at his ex-girlfriend's Kalihi home at 6 a.m. Wednesday and pounded on the door demanding to be let in.
The girlfriend, 52, let him in, and they began arguing, police said.
The woman told the man to get his belongings and get out, police said.
The boyfriend was in the kitchen gathering food when the woman walked in and said, "Don't forget the vanilla," and thrust a bottle of vanilla syrup at him, police said.
The man grabbed the bottle and swung it at the woman but missed. The bottle hit the sink and shattered, police said.
The man then grabbed the woman by the hair and threw her onto the broken glass, causing major cuts to left knee and right foot, police said. Officers arrested the man for investigation of second-degree assault.
Armed men invade home in Moanalua
Police were looking for two men who were allegedly armed with guns when they forced their way into a Moanalua home Wednesday.
Police said the incident started at about 6:30 a.m. at the home of a 45-year-old man.
Police said the suspects prevented a 44-year-old woman from leaving the home.
One of the men stole items from the home, and then both men tried to take the woman with them as a hostage but failed, police said.
The men fled on foot.