Hanalei water project funded
The Hanalei Watershed Hui was awarded $17,357 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support sediment pollution and erosion-control projects.
The educational program will teach 200 fifth- and sixth-grade Kauai students what causes sediment pollution in the North Kauai watershed, how it affects fresh water and coral reef ecosystems, and how the pollution can be controlled, the EPA said.
Water main break affects Ewa Beach
Some 3,600 customers in Ewa Beach were without water last night as the Honolulu Board of Water Supply attempted to fix a 36-inch water transmission line broken by a contractor on Fort Weaver Road at the entrance to the Hawaii Prince Golf Club.
Su Shin, spokeswoman for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, said the main was broken about 2 p.m. and had to be shut down for repairs.
She said repairs are expected to be done overnight, but did not have an estimated time of completion.
A water tanker has been stationed at Papipi Road near Ewa Elementary School, and a water wagon is at Ewa Beach Community Park. Another water wagon is circulating in Ewa Beach.
Grant money seeds urban tree planting
Grants to help improve city life by adding more trees are available through the Kaulunani Urban Forestry cost-share grant program.
The program is a joint effort of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the DLNR said in a release.
The next two Kaulunani application deadlines are tomorrow and Feb. 15. Generally, cost-share grants between $500 and $10,000 are awarded, and projects of more than $10,000 are occasionally awarded, the release said.
Grants are available to nonfederal organizations for projects that meet a demonstrated urban forestry need.
For applications and more information, contact Jackie Ralya at 672-5167 or Teresa Trueman-Madriaga at 672-3383 on Oahu.
Hawaii Theatre wins preservation award
The National Trust for Historic Preservation presented its National Preservation Honor Award to the Hawaii Theatre Centre
, the most significant award the nonprofit theater has received since its reopening in 1996, according to HTC President Sarah Richards.
The movie palace's interior restoration sparked a Honolulu downtown revival in the arts, and attracts more than 100,000 patrons annually, the National Trust said. Thousands flock to the restaurants, stores and galleries that have sprung up since the theater's reopening.
Pono Tokioka, 11, of Kauai is the recipient of the Easter Seals Hawaii 2006 EDI (Equality, Dignity and Independence) Advocacy Award. Tokioka was the subject of a complaint filed by his parents against the PONY baseball league that denied him access to a sign-language interpreter in the dugout during the 2005 state tournament in Hilo. The PONY officials were enforcing a rule that only three uniformed coaches are allowed in the dugout.
A settlement was reached in August that would ensure that players with disabilities would have an equal opportunity to play baseball and softball, according to a press release.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Police call for autopsy in death of woman, 56
Big Island police have initiated a coroner's inquest into the death of a 56-year-old Hawaiian Ocean View Estates woman Sunday morning.
Kau patrol officers, responding to a 9:20 a.m. call of a home accident at a residence on Paradise Parkway, found the woman down an embankment near the home. She was unresponsive with head injuries. The woman was transported to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of family.
Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Detective Jefferson Grantz of the Kona Criminal Investigations Section at 326-4646, ext. 275, or the Police Department's nonemergency number at 935-3311.
Kapolei man arrested after report of abuse
Police arrested a 36-year-old Kapolei man who allegedly physically abused his wife on Saturday.
Police said the man and his 32-year-old wife were arguing at about 8 p.m. when the husband abused her.
The wife tried to call police, but the husband prevented her from doing so, police said.
When the husband left the home early Sunday, the wife called police, who then found the husband and arrested him. Police learned that the husband had prior convictions for abuse and later arrested him on suspicion of felony abuse.
Assault, mo-ped theft lead to arrests for 4
Police arrested four men who allegedly forced their way into an Ewa Beach garage, assaulted someone and stole a mo-ped.
Police said the men, ages, 21, 33, 19 and 35, broke into the garage at about 1 a.m. Sunday.
They were met by a 22-year-old man. Another 22-year-old man in the house heard the commotion and went to the garage where he was assaulted and his mo-ped keys taken from him, police said.
One of the suspects then took the mo-ped while the others fled in their car, police said. A 22-year-old woman in the house fell to the ground as she tried to stop the suspects from leaving.
Police arrested all four men for investigation of first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and auto theft.
Jaywalking suspect allegedly hits officer
Police arrested a woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer trying to cite her for jaywalking.
Police said the officer was monitoring vehicular and pedestrian traffic in town at 11:34 a.m. Sunday when the woman jaywalked in front of him.
The woman tried to cross the same street at the same spot a short time later, again in front of the officer, police said.
The officer called to her three times in an effort to cite her, police said. When she finally turned around, she struck the officer several times with her hands, causing injury, police said.
The woman was then arrested for investigation of first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer.
Police chase suspect over Pali -- and back
Police arrested a 22-year-old man who allegedly led officers on a trans-Koolau chase early Saturday.
Police said an officer tried to pull the man over on the H-1 freeway in Kalihi at 2:33 a.m. on suspicion of drunken driving.
Police said the man refused to stop and led police on a chase on the freeway, then to the Windward side on Pali Highway.
The man then made a U-turn and returned to town on the Pali and collided with an officer who was in pursuit, police said.
The man then fled onto Pauoa Road and drove to the Pauoa Elementary School parking lot.
There he was arrested for investigation of first- and second-degree criminal property damage, drunken driving, resisting arrest, identity theft and three counts of second-degree assault against a law enforcement officer.
The man was later released pending investigation.