Night skies over Ewa to get noisy
Residents of the Ewa plain should expect increased nighttime air traffic this week and next due to maintenance work at Honolulu Airport, which will force the rerouting of incoming flights.
The state Department of Transportation said an airfield sign installation project will close one runway from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly through Friday and again Sunday through Oct. 20, forcing the use of the alternate landing approach.
Use caution online, UH officials warn
University of Hawaii-Manoa officials are reminding its students and employees to use caution when using the Internet, after a female student reported being raped in her on-campus dormitory by someone she met online.
UH campus security sent a safe-campus alert to all employees and students by e-mail Friday, the same day the student reported the incident to Honolulu police. The alleged sex assault occurred weeks earlier.
According to the alert, after a period of online correspondence with an unknown male, the student met the male off campus and invited him to her dormitory room. That is where the male raped her, the student said.
The alert went to 34,400 faculty, staff and students at UH-Manoa who have a UH e-mail address.
$1 million to expand museum garden
CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii » A $1 million state appropriation will be used by Bishop Museum to develop a new visitor education center at its Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on the Big Island.
The museum announced last month that the center will be developed on property donated by the family of the late Amy Greenwell.
The center will expand access to the garden, which supports Hawaiian cultural traditions of plant use by educational programs and school visits, along with activities, workshops, plant sales and conservation, the museum said.
Private land sought for conservation
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources wants suggestions on private lands that contain natural or cultural resources that the state should consider purchasing and protecting.
The DLNR's Legacy Land Conservation Program is seeking applicants for the 2006 Land Conservation Fund grant.
The 2006 application cycle will provide $3.6 million in grants through a competitive process.
Project applications will be reviewed by the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, which will nominate projects for funding.
Projects are also subject to the approvals of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, attorney general and governor.
The grant application can be seen at www.hawaii.gov/ dlnr/dofaw/llcp.
All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Annual Arbor Day event to feature plant giveaway
Three Outrigger hotels will be giving away about 500 native Hawaiian plants in honor of their Kumula'au Arbor Day Celebration Nov. 2 and 3 on Oahu and Nov. 4 on the Big Island.
Crafts and family activities also will be available at the annual event. It is open to hotel guests and residents interested in learning about Hawaiian plants and their cultural significance, and the importance of protecting the environment.
Free items will include ti and hibiscus plants, pre-inspected and approved for transportation out of Hawaii. The limit is one plant per family.
Native plants are prominent in the landscaping of the three Outrigger properties.
The event schedule:
» Nov. 2, Outrigger Reef on the Beach, 2335 Kalakaua Ave.; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to make ti-leaf leis.
» Nov. 3, Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, 2169 Kalia Road; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Leaf-printing demonstration and native woods display.
» Nov. 4, Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, Big Island; 9 to 11 a.m. Plants will be provided by the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden.
Starbucks collects 6,650 books for isle kids
collected 6,650 books during its recent All Books for Children book drive. Books were donated to support learning and literacy programs throughout the state. The Friends of Hawaii
also donated 1,500 books to the program.
Ohana Komputer received $5,000 from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation for the purchase of laptop computers. The computer company's mission is to provide computer literacy skills primarily to disadvantaged children and adults in Hawaii and the Pacific Region.
The Honolulu Culture & Arts District was awarded $20,000 by the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation and First Hawaiian Bank to support its "Fresh F.A.C.E. (Fashion Art Cuisine and Entertainment) of Nuuanu Street Festival" on Saturday. The event is part of the organization's attempt to revitalize the downtown/Chinatown neighborhood.
Safeway donated more than $17,000 to five local nonprofit organizations as a result of its 2006 Shop & Care fundraising program in March. Recipients included the Hawaii Foodbank, $5,000; Special Olympics Hawaii, $5,000; Hawaii Meals on Wheels, $1,545.45; Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii, $2,142.84; and Hospice Hawaii, $3,749.94.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Woman claims boyfriend held her captive
Police arrested a 26-year-old man after he allegedly held his girlfriend against her will.
Police said that at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the suspect and the victim, 24, were arguing at the 1200 block of Ala Kapuna Street in Red Hill.
Police said the man then assaulted the woman and held her against her will.
The victim called police later that day, and they arrested the man at his Waipio Gentry apartment for investigation of kidnapping.
Handgun in nightclub leads to man's arrest
Police arrested a 25-year-old man after he allegedly carried a loaded handgun in a nightclub.
Police said that early Saturday, employees of the Living Room at 1001 Ala Moana Blvd. overheard a conversation that the suspect was armed.
Police said employees escorted the suspect out of the club and raised his shirt, revealing a handgun in his waistband. The suspect was turned over to police officers who were working on special duty at the club.
Police arrested the man for investigation of a firearm violation.
Shots alert police to stolen weapon
Police arrested a 35-year-old man after he allegedly fired gunshots in Waianae.
At about 8:35 p.m. Friday, patrol officers responded to reports of gunshots fired at the end of Waianae Valley Road.
Officers stopped the suspect, who was in his vehicle. Police said the suspect got out of the vehicle and left the door wide open. Officers saw a firearm and ammunition in the vehicle.
Police said the firearm was reported stolen in a burglary.
The man is a convicted felon who has a criminal record involving drug possession, police said.
He was arrested for investigation of a firearm violation and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Man held in alleged stabbing of girlfriend
Police arrested a 39-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend in the leg following a domestic argument.
Police said the man and the woman, 42, were arguing at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Joseph P. Leong Highway and Emerson Road in Haleiwa when the man stabbed the woman in the leg with a pair of scissors.
The man was later arrested for investigation of second-degree assault.
The woman's condition was not released.