Time to donate blood and clothes
The public is invited to donate blood and clothing at Kaelepulu Elementary School, 530 Keolu Drive, in Kailua from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18. The Blood Bank of Hawaii will draw blood in the school cafeteria. Big Brothers Big Sisters will accept curbside drop-offs of clothing and small household items. The Kaelepulu Parent Teacher Student Association and Student Council are sponsoring the blood drive. For information, call Lynn Crawley, PTSA vice president, at 389-5073.
Clouds delay air drop to isolated Maui areas
Low-hanging clouds on Haleakala Crater's south side forced officials to cancel a planned air drop of supplies to isolated Kipahulu and Kaupo residents in East Maui, Maui County officials said yesterday.
Maui County spokeswoman Ellen Pelissero said officials were hoping clouds would clear last night and that the drop could take place today. A Hawaii National Guard helicopter will make the drop as soon as possible, she said. The provisions were to include food, water, fuel and generators for some 300 Kipahulu and 40 Kaupo residents.
Vehicular traffic and transport has been limited and very dangerous due to the damaged Paihi Bridge between Kipahulu and Hana Town and potential landslides on the back road near the Manawainui area near Kaupo, following two earthquakes and torrential rain in mid-October.
Plans to halt fishing in Northwest abandoned
The Pew Charitable Trusts announced yesterday it is giving up its attempt to halt commercial fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument earlier than the June 2011 deadline set by President Bush.
The Philadelphia-based private foundation had tried to broker a buyout of the eight fishing boats currently permitted to fish in the monument. Only two of the eight boat owners responded to the trust's offers to talk, it said in a release yesterday. At least five of the boats have been outfitted with vessel-monitoring systems required by the new monument and are actively fishing, said Mark Mitsuyasu, a program manager for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.
Game bird hunting season starts tomorrow
The state's 2006-07 game bird hunting season opens tomorrow , the Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a release.
The fall game bird hunting season will run through Jan. 21, with legal hunting days on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays, with some exceptions. A state game bird stamp is required in addition to a hunting license for all game bird hunting on public and private lands.
For more information, including details about hunting days for specific areas and areas that may be closed due to fire hazards, contact DLNR's Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices on each island or visit www.dofaw.net. Island offices are: Kauai, 274-3433; Oahu, 587-0166; Maui, 984-8100; Molokai, 553-1745; Lanai, 565-7916; Hilo, 974-4221; and Kamuela, 887-6063.
The department urges hunters to report game law violators by calling its new enforcement hot line from any island: 643-DLNR (643-3567).
Public meeting set for Kahului Harbor
WAILUKU » State and federal officials are scheduled to hold a public meeting on Maui on Nov. 13 to receive comments on the development of a master plan for Kahului Harbor.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Lihikai School Cafeteria in Kahului.
State transportation deputy director Barry Fukunaga said the harbors division is asking businesses, government and the community for suggestions in the Kahului Harbor master plan for 2030.
An earlier Kahului Commercial Harbor 2025 Master Plan included the feasibility of additional breakwater structures, new piers and terminals, as well as the deepening and expansion or the harbor's turning basin.
State officials said the harbors division now seeks to take another look at the 2025 plan and accelerate completion of the projects in the harbor to meet increases in maritime activity.
Coming this weekend in your Star-Bulletin:
Kailua residents Gaye Chan and Nandita Sharma are making a political, cultural and artistic statement by planting land around Enchanted Lake with papaya seedlings, herbs and vegetables. What grows is available to whoever wants it, free. The catch: the land belongs to someone else.
Business: Despite a drop in the big-spending Japanese visitor market and a decline in real personal income for Hawaii residents, luxury brands are as bullish on Honolulu as ever. This week's Ala Moana World Festival is a microcosm of Honolulu's high-end retailing scene, where rapid expansion and vigorous reinvestment rules.
Travel: Isle resident Roy Chang shares tips and memories from his trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man beaten, stabbed in morning attack
Police are investigating an attempted-murder case in which a man allegedly beat and stabbed a 25-year-old man Wednesday morning in Makiki.
The victim was leaving a female friend's apartment to go to work at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday when a masked man wearing a black-hooded top and gloves came from behind, police said.
The suspect allegedly struck the man repeatedly in the back of the head with a 2-foot length of 1-inch pipe, police said.
The victim managed to grab the pipe and defend himself with it, police said. The suspect then stabbed the victim in the right shoulder with a steak knife and fled the scene, police said. The victim then drove himself to Straub Hospital and reported the incident.
Missing man found dead behind home
A 44-year-old missing man, who was featured in a CrimeStoppers bulletin last month, was found dead 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Moanalua Valley, police said.
Daniel Espinoza, who police said was mentally challenged, was reported missing and was reportedly last seen Oct. 25 at his Ala Iolani Place home.
Espinoza's family found him dead in a shed behind the home, police said.
Student is arrested for alleged assault
A 14-year-old Roosevelt High School student allegedly assaulted his teacher Wednesday after being confronted for allegedly rifling through another person's backpack, police said.
The student allegedly grabbed and squeezed the 47-year-old teacher's left wrist, then allegedly grabbed it again and twisted her arm, police said. The teacher sustained pain and bruising to her left wrist, police said.
The incident was reported yesterday, and the boy was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Police catch suspect in Liliha Street arson
Police arrested a 32-year-old man wanted in connection with a deliberately set fire that damaged six homes in Liliha last month.
Police and fire investigators determined that the fire at 1908-A Liliha St. at 2:33 a.m. Oct. 5 was the work of an arsonist. A man, a woman and a 2-year-old child were home at the time but escaped unharmed. The fire damaged five neighboring homes.
A CrimeStoppers bulletin issued on Oct. 18 said Stephen Alcosiba was wanted for questioning in the case. A police report described Alcosiba as the estranged boyfriend of one of the residents.
Alcosiba was found at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and arrested for investigation of first-degree arson, as well as an unrelated warrant.
He was released yesterday from the arson case pending further investigation, but remained in custody at Oahu Community Correctional Center for the warrant.
Youth prison escapee caught in stolen car
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy who had escaped from the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility.
Police said an officer on routine patrol at Waimea Bay Beach Park at about 2:14 p.m. Wednesday noticed suspicious activity inside a parked car.
The officer ran a check of the license plate and learned the car had been reported stolen. Police arrested the driver, who was also the escapee, for investigation of auto theft and second-degree escape.
Police also arrested an 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl who were also in the car for investigation of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
Information sought on Big Isle tool theft
Big Island police are asking for the public's help in identifying one or more people who broke into a Matson container at a construction site in Kapaau early this week and stole 14 tools. The burglary, which happened between Monday and Tuesday, was at a home construction site at the top of Kynnersley Road.
Among the items taken was a Honda generator. The value of the stolen goods was estimated at $8,000 to $9,000.