Terror and disaster experts head to isles
The state will hold the 2006 Asia-Pacific Security Summit, at which security, technology and anti-terrorism experts, and government and business leaders will meet Tuesday to Thursday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in Kona.
The summit includes an improvised nuclear device exercise and a bird flu pandemic response exercise. The latter will take place Tuesday.
Speakers include experts on terrorism, catastrophes, handling mass casualties and catastrophe planning.
Among the speakers and panelists are Dr. Lee Ming-Liang, Taiwan's former minister of health; professor Ali Jalali, former Afghan minister of interior; and Maria Ressa, senior vice president of news and current affairs for ABS-CBN and former chief of CNN Manila and Jakarta bureaus. For details, go to www2.hisummit.hawaii.gov.
Daylight-saving time ends for the mainland
If you are making calls to the mainland tomorrow, the time difference will be one hour earlier than today.
That is because daylight-saving time ends and most of the country falls back to standard time at 2 a.m.
This is the last time the change will come in October.
Because of a law passed last year, daylight-saving time will start earlier and end later beginning in 2007. It will last from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
Besides Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas do not observe daylight-saving time.
Daylight-saving time returns March 11.
Police, Fire, Courts
Child starts blaze in Punchbowl house
Fire investigators determined that a child playing with either matches or a lighter started a fire in a bedroom closet of the downstairs unit in a Punchbowl house yesterday morning, fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said.
A woman and her 4-month-old son escaped the fire from the second-floor unit unharmed.
At 10:48 a.m., firefighters arrived at 264-A Awaiolimu St. after receiving a 911 call from the woman.
The woman, who is in her 20s, stayed inside an upstairs unit with the infant, not knowing whether they could safely flee the burning home, Tejada said.
Meanwhile, a neighbor used a garden hose to successfully knock down most of the flames in the downstairs unit before firefighters arrived, Tejada said.
Damage was estimated at $5,000 to the building and $1,000 to the contents.
Mentally ill man goes missing from his home
Police are looking for a 44-year-old mentally retarded Moanalua Valley man who disappeared Wednesday.
Daniel Espinoza was last seen Wednesday at his Ala Iolani Place home.
Espinoza frequently rides the city bus, police said.
Espinoza is described as Hispanic, 5 foot 3, 180 pounds, with brown eyes, and might have been wearing a T-shirt and shorts. He also wears prescription glasses.
Anyone with information about him is asked to call Detective Jill Kaui at 529-3852, CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Help sought in finding lost Canadian man, 34
Honolulu and Kauai police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 34-year-old Canadian man who was last seen in Edmonton, Canada, on Sept. 1.
Police said Piotr Drabik told a friend who dropped him off at the airport in Edmonton that he was catching a Delta Airlines flight to Hawaii, where he planned to go hiking in the mountains and visit a volcano.
Drabik also told the friend he would return Sept. 8.
Drabik has not been seen or heard from since Sept. 1.
Police believe Drabik might be on Kauai because he purchased a one-way ticket on a local airline to Kauai the afternoon of Sept. 1 after arriving in the islands.
Drabik is described as Caucasian, about 6 foot 1, about 175 pounds, with brown eyes and close-cropped dark brown hair. He has a goatee, mustache and a birdlike cross tattoo on his upper left arm.
Anyone with information on Drabik is asked to call Kauai police dispatch at 241-1711, Kauai police missing-persons unit at 241-1696, CrimeStoppers at 241-1887 or Honolulu police at 529-3115.