2 Goodwill donation centers open
Goodwill Industries of Hawaii has opened two new donation centers at the Hawaii Kai Park & Ride and the Royal Kunia Park & Ride. Both centers will have an employee on-site to provide assistance and a receipt for tax purposes daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but donations can be made 24 hours a day through open chutes. The Hawaii Kai center is at 300 Keahole St., across from the Hawaii Kai Towne Center. The Royal Kunia center is at 94-640 Kupuohi St. in Royal Kunia Park.
Death of Marine at training site reviewed
A Marine assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at an administrative camp site in the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island. The Marines are investigating the death of Lance Cpl. Richard Noyola, which occurred a day after live-fire training ended.
U.S. poet laureate hosts isle workshops
U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser will be in Hawaii next month to teach and share his poetry. According to the University of Hawaii, Kooser is visiting to interest writers, teachers and people who might consider poetry too abstract or obscure.
» Monday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., UH-Manoa Campus Center Ballroom. "Ted Kooser: A Reading and Conversation." Free.
» Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2 to 4 p.m. at Windward Community College. "Do-It-Yourself Poetry: A Session for Writers with Ted Kooser." $25 for workshop only; $35 for workshop and book.
» Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at KMC Theatre at Volcanoes National Park. "Kooser Poetry Reading." Free.
» Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Windward Community College's Paliku Theatre. "Local Wonders: Poetry and Place." Free.
» Friday, Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Windward Community College. "What Makes Poetry? (And Why Teachers Should Care)." $40 registration by Oct. 27; $50 after. Scholarships available for teachers.
Filmmaker shares tales of WWII's war brides
"WWII War Brides: My Mother's Story and Others" will be discussed by filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.
In a note about the lecture, Castillo, former Honolulu Star-Bulletin journalist and filmmaker who has made nine documentaries, says she will talk about war bride stories that have touched her and about overall World War II war bride history.
She said she was fortunate her mother "was willing to tell me about her not-so-happy beginnings in America and how she was able to make peace with her life. Some of the war brides I have read or heard about had such tragic stories that it's no wonder they don't want to talk about them at times."
Castillo said three Hawaii friends who have war-bride mothers will join her on the panel if there is time.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center of Philippine Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Weather's pull on Spanish exploration discussed
The relationship between prevailing weather systems and Spain's colonialism in the Pacific will be discussed in a lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawaii.
Greg Bankoff, associate professor of Asian Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, will describe how a meteorological phenomenon was largely responsible for the Spanish empire in the Pacific.
His lecture, "Winds of Colonization: The Meteorological Contours of Spain's Imperium in the Pacific 1521-1898," is sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies' Brown Bag Series, UH-Manoa, and the Center for Philippine Studies.
For more information, call 956-2688.
Halloween contest planned
The Department of Parks and Recreation will hold its 2006 Halawa Complex Halloween Costume Contest on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Halawa District Park gym.
About 200 children are expected to compete in three categories: most adorable, most creative and most Halloween. Children can enter in three age groups. Costume judging will start after registration, which begins at 6:30 p.m. All children entering the contest will receive a goodie bag and participate in the "Trick 'O Treat Lane."
For more information, call 483-7850.
Adult Friends for Youth gets $75,000 grant
Adult Friends for Youth
received $75,000 from the Hawaii Community Foundation
's Crystal Methamphetamine Initiative. The grant will be used to expand programs aimed at at-risk youth to combat the spread of drugs and gang activities in Waipahu and the Ewa communities.
The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa's Shidler College of Business has inducted into its Hall of Honor Walter Dods, former chairman of BancWest Corp. and First Hawaiian Bank; David Heenan, trustee of the James Campbell Estate; and Jay Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group.
Faye Uno and Barbara Lau are the co-recipients of the Queen's Medical Center's 2006 Kokua Po'okela Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award.
Uno, a former high school teacher, has been a volunteer at Queen's since 1989. Lau has donated 2,000 hours of service as a member of the baby cap brigade, and in the departments of Clinical Education, Education and Development, Patient Relations and the Women's Health Center.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Beating victim dies from injuries
An 18-year-old beating victim who has been in a coma since July died on Monday from his injuries, police said. They have reclassified the case from assault to homicide.
Relatives identified the man as Alexander Saballa.
According to the city Department of the Medical Examiner, Saballa died from multiple organ failure due to complications from blunt force injuries from the assault, police said.
Saballa's aunt said her nephew and his friends were hanging out at BK Superette in Nanakuli July 22 when a group of men beat them up. Police received reports of a large fight but could not find witnesses.
Saballa was taken to the Queen's Medical Center and placed on life support. Doctors removed him from life support Aug. 9.
Factory worker dies after accident on job
A workman died last night of injuries suffered in an industrial accident at a Kalihi factory.
The man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center after the 11:30 a.m. accident at Maguire Bearing Co., 1919 Hau St. Police said his legs were injured when they were pinned by equipment at the plant, which sells motors, bearings and belts for commercial machinery.
The victim, in his 50s, was transported by American Medical Response, a private ambulance service.
Driver who died after Tantalus crash is ID'd
The Department of the Medical Examiner identified a 39-year-old Honolulu man who died following a car crash at Tantalus.
He was identified as Darren T. Iwane. An autopsy was performed on Iwane Monday. The cause of his death was deferred pending further investigation, according to the medical examiner.
Iwane was traveling on Tantalus Drive near Kolonahe Place Sunday when he went over asphalt curbing and struck a shallow embankment.
He was taken to Straub Clinic and Hospital in critical condition. Iwane was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the Emergency Medical Services, had said his death was medical-related.
Branch falls on van, killing passenger
A 73-year-old Hilo woman died Monday in Honolulu from injuries sustained when a large tree branch fell on the van she was riding in Sept. 29 in South Kohala.
The victim has been identified as Helen Nakaza of Hilo.
The van was traveling east on Mamalahoa Highway when the accident occurred west of Kalake Street.
Nakaza was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital and later flown to the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. She died at the hospital at 12:30 p.m. Monday.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a standard negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
This is the 29th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 29 at this time last year.
Pedestrian hit by car while crossing dies
WAILUKU » A Maui man died early yesterday after being struck by a car in Lahaina, police said.
Michael Arcangel, 26, was crossing Lahainaluna Road when he was struck by a Chrysler convertible sedan about a half a mile west of Pauoa Street at about 1:10 a.m. Police said the car was headed in the mauka direction.
Arcangel was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he later died, police investigator Duke Pua said. Arcangel was not in a crosswalk, police said.
Police said speed and alcohol were apparent factors in the crash. Police arrested the driver, a man, and then released him pending investigation.
Arcangel is the 16th traffic fatality this year in Maui County, compared with eight for the same period last year.
Teen allegedly robs 3 people sitting in car
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy who allegedly robbed three adults early Sunday.
Police said two men, ages 20 and 26, and a woman, 22 were sitting in a car in Kahala about 2 a.m. when the boy approached them and demanded money.
The boy told them he would stab them if they didn't comply, police said, but no knife was seen.
The adults refused, police said. At about the same time a cellular phone belonging to one of the adults rang. The boy grabbed it and ran, police said.
Officers found the boy a short time later and after he was identified as the suspect by the adults, he was arrested for investigation of three counts of second-degree robbery.