Annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 14
The 32nd annual Turkey Trot sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Kaneohe Complex will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Kaneohe Community Park, 45-529 Keaahala Road.
The event is open to the public. Registration for participants begin at 5 p.m. Obstacle course races will start at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call Jeanie Young at 233-7330.
Bridge to Hana expected in 30 days
WAILUKU » Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa said his administration's best estimate is that a temporary steel bridge will be in operation in about 20 to 30 days to connect Kipahulu to Hana.
The temporary steel bridge will be used until a permanent bridge is built to replace the damaged Paihi Bridge.
Federal experts found the bridge to be unsafe after examining the foundations, following two earthquakes and torrential rains in mid-October.
The earthquakes have made travel hazardous due to the potential for landslides and falling boulders on the back road to Kipahulu through Piilani Highway, also known as Highway 31.
County Managing Director Keith Regan said he is seeking assistance from the state civil defense in providing airlift to transport commodities, medical supplies, prescription drugs and medical personnel when necessary to isolated Kipahulu residents.
Roadwork to close stretch of H-1
The state Department of Transportation will close a single lane on the H-1 freeway westbound near the Likelike offramp (Exit 20A) from 8 p.m. to midnight tomorrow for roadwork.
The Transportation Department will be repairing damaged guardrails.
Motorists are asked to drive with caution through the work area and to allow extra travel time.
UH gets $8M grant for Asian studies
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $8 million in grants for Asian and Pacific language and culture programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa over the next five years.
The funds from the Title VI international education programs will support the National Foreign Language Resource Center; Natural Resource Centers for East Asian Studies, Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands; and the Center for International Business Education at UH-Manoa.
Catholic Charities programs to expand
The McInerny Foundation
awarded $105,000 to Catholic Charities Hawaii
to expand programs on Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Each will receive $35,000.
On Kauai, the Community Assistance Program will provide emergency funding for food, clothing, housing and utility expenses.
On Maui, the grant will expand the Financial Advocacy Services to help seniors remain independent in the community and avoid financial exploitation or institutionalization.
On the Big Island, the money will be used for the Sharing a Mission project to help youth with emotional and behavioral challenges, seniors who need long-term care, homeless families and newly arrived, economically disadvantaged immigrants.
Goodwill Industries of Hawaii was awarded $25,000 from the Frear Eleemosynary Trust to install energy-efficient lighting equipment in four stores and office locations.
Parents and Children Together received a $5,000 grant from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation to support its Lawakua Educational Fund, which provides scholarships to underprivileged youth.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Motorcyclist critically injures state highway worker
A speeding motorcyclist critically injured a state Highways Division employee who was picking up trash on the H-1 freeway near the University off-ramp yesterday, police said.
The motorcyclist, a 25-year-old Hilo man, was speeding while changing lanes eastbound on the H-1 freeway, police said.
When he tried to avoid a car changing lanes, he failed to notice the state Department of Transportation truck stopped in the left lane with its flashing arrow board lit, police said.
The motorcyclist skidded, lost control and crashed into the concrete barrier, continued on and hit the state worker, who stood behind the truck's rear driver's side door.
The state worker was crushed between the open door and the motorcycle, said Sgt. John Agno of the Traffic Division's Vehicular Homicide Section. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition with head and torso injuries, police said.
The motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle onto the roadway. He was taken in serious condition to Queen's with unspecified injuries, police said. Police said the accident occurred at 12:14 p.m. during heavy traffic between the Bingham and University offramps.
Technical problems slow police 911 calls
The Honolulu Police Department experienced some delays in receiving 911 calls from about 4 p.m. yesterday.
A dispatch supervisor said police switched to a backup system and the problem was resolved.
HPD planned to revert back to its regular system at about 9:40 p.m. It took a little longer than usual for 911 calls to go through to HPD, said Ann Nishida, Hawaiian Telcom spokeswoman.
Hawaiian Telcom technicians were on site last night to try to determine the problem, she said.
No other emergency service provider had experienced any problems with 911 calls yesterday, said Nishida, who would not speculate how long it would take to resolve the problem.
Man arrested in knife attack on teen girl
Police arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly cut another teenager with a knife during an argument involving several people in Waipahu on Sunday.
Police said during the argument between two groups at 8:07 p.m., the suspect cut a 16-year-old girl with a knife.
The girl was in good condition, they said.
The man was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault.
Owner finds stolen car with sleeping woman
Police arrested a 26-year-old woman allegedly found sleeping in a stolen car by the woman who owned the car.
Police said a 39-year-old woman found her car, which had been stolen earlier, in a parking lot near Pearlridge about 2:15 p.m. Sunday. The younger woman was sleeping inside, police said.
The owner confronted the younger woman and held her until police arrived. Officers then found that the younger woman was carrying items stolen from the car, police said.
They arrested her for investigation of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
Hiker injured in fall on Aiea Loop Trail
A 45-year-old hiker was seriously injured in a fall while hiking the Aiea Loop Trail, said Emergency Services Department spokesman Bryan Cheplic.
The accident happened after dark. Fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said the man had been hiking for some time when he fell 10 feet off a wall.
He called the Fire Department at 6:36 p.m. and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious but stable condition, Cheplic said.
Tejada said the man may have taken a side trail did not realize the wall bordered the parking lot. He said the hiker complained of hip pain.