Box jellyfish set to do their sting
The Ocean Safety Division issued a box jellyfish advisory for Thursday and Friday.
Box jellyfish regularly head to Oahu's shores about eight to 10 days after a full moon. Officials advise people to stay out of the water if they are allergic or just don't want to be stung. Areas commonly affected by box jellyfish include Waikiki Beach, Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay, Waimea Bay and other northern and western shores.
go! $29 holiday fare matched by rivals
Mesa Air Group Inc.'s go!, which began an interisland fare war when it began service in June, announced a $29 holiday fare over the weekend that was matched by Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines.
The $29 tickets, which are for travel between Honolulu and Lihue, Kahului, Kona and Hilo, must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. Monday and are applicable for travel through Jan. 31, 2007.
The tickets, which do not include applicable fees and taxes, are nonrefundable, but changes can be made for a $20 fee, plus any applicable difference in airfare.
Public's input sought on state energy plans
The public has a chance to weigh in on the state's long-term energy strategy before lawmakers head into the 2007 regular session to begin crafting legislative proposals on the initiatives.
A public briefing scheduled for tomorrow will be the third such meeting for planners and policymakers charged with carrying out the broad package of energy proposals passed by the Legislature this year.
So far, the meetings have focused on a comprehensive analysis of the state's energy needs and usage patterns. A fourth meeting is expected in early 2007 to begin formulating bills for the upcoming session.
This month's meeting will provide an update on the energy analysis.
The meeting is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. downtown in Hawaiian Electric Industries Training Room 2, on the eighth floor of the American Savings Bank Tower, 1001 Bishop St.
Weinberg Foundation pays for Castle wing
A $1.5 million check was presented yesterday to Castle Medical Center for completion of the three-story Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Patient Care Wing.
The check was presented by Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation officials at a luncheon in the Niihau Room at the Sheraton Waikiki.
The event marks the completion of a $15.5 million construction project including the new patient care wing. The project, which broke ground more than a year ago, will provide additional space for private patient rooms in the 160-bed hospital.
The project also included renovation of existing hospital facilities and patient rooms, including 30 which will be converted from semiprivate to private rooms.
The rooms are part of a three-story, 15,000-square-foot tower built at the rear of the hospital.
Kevin A. Roberts, Castle Medical Center president and chief executive officer, said the foundation's support enabled the hospital to complete the construction project and remain "on the cutting edge of medical advancements and technology."
KCAA Preschools wins $100,000 foundation grant
KCAA Preschools of Hawaii
was given $100,000 from the Strong Foundation
to support its "campaign of excellence" and capital improvements at its seven preschools. The grant will go toward work on buildings, playgrounds, lighting, landscaping and parking lots.
The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific honored "Uncle Billy" Kimi, a Big Island businessman and philanthropist, who donated $10,000 to the hospital's clinics in Kailua-Kona and Hilo. The donation was also made on behalf of his brother Richard Kimi, founder of the Island & Seaside Hotel chain. A portion of the money will be used to purchase Genisys Ultrasound/Electrical Stimulation Units for both locations. Bill Kimi made an additional pledge of $6,000 to buy another attachment for the units.
The American Heart Association awarded the Institute for Human Services two Automated External Defibrillators for assisting in cardiac-related life-threatening medical emergencies.
The American Heart Association of Hawaii received $10,000 from Hawaiian Electric Co. to support community awareness programs in the Leeward and Windward districts regarding the dangers of heart disease and stroke. The grant will also support the "CPR Anytime for Family and Friends" program and kit, through which families can learn life-saving skills in their own homes.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND
Monetary gifts may be sent to:
Good Neighbor Fund
c/o Helping Hands Hawaii
P.O. Box 17780
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-0780
Clothing, household items and gifts can be donated at the Community Clearinghouse, 2100 Nimitz Highway.
You may also participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, in which businesses, employee groups, social clubs, families or individuals can help a specific family.
Call 440-3804 for information about the program or to arrange for pickup of large items.
Police, Fire, Courts
2 in elderly housing charged in 'ice' sales
ELEELE, Kauai » Kauai police have arrested two residents in an elderly housing complex for alleged methamphetamine trafficking.
Grant Gribble, 58, and Cynthia Koja, 50, residents in the Hale Hoonanea complex, were charged with unlawful methamphetamine trafficking, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia.
Kauai police said they had received numerous complaints about the two, and executed a search warrant last week.
Police seized 62.7 grams of methamphetamine, 25.9 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
Cruise ship worker dies in jump from falls
PUHI, Kauai » A 25-year-old Chicago man died Saturday after jumping off Kipu Falls, a popular tourist attraction near Lihue.
Earnest Webb, 25, of Chicago, an employee on the cruise ship Pride of Hawaii, jumped off the 20-foot waterfall at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and went unconscious, officials said.
Two people pulled him out of the water, and rescue officials performed CPR.
He was later pronounced dead at Wilcox Hospital.
Man, 72, dies after fall from landscaping van
PUHI, Kauai » A 72-year-old Hanamaulu man died last week after falling from a vehicle.
Ricardo Baguyo, a Kauai Nursery & Landscaping employee, was traveling in a company van on company property when he fell out of an open door after the van hit a bump in the road, according to Kauai police.
He was later transported to Wilcox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No one else was injured.
Makakilo driver held in crash of stolen car
Police arrested a 29-year-old Makakilo woman who crashed a stolen car into a wall in the yard of an Aiea woman early yesterday morning.
Police said the driver crashed into the yard and wall at 99-957 Lalawai Dr. at 6:15 a.m.
The 50-year-old resident identified the driver to responding police officers. Police discovered the car was stolen and had fraudulent license plates.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle and driving without a license.
Kaneohe woman held in assault on officer
Police arrested a 35-year-old Kaneohe woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer Sunday night.
Police said the officer had been sent to investigate an argument on Kahuhipa Street at about 10:18 p.m., and suffered scratches to the left side of his neck and head.
The woman was arrested for investigation of first-degree assault on a police officer.
2 sought in robbery at man's Kapiolani office
Police are looking for two men who allegedly robbed a 74-year-old man at a Kapiolani office yesterday morning.
Police said the man was working at his office at about 11:40 a.m. when two men entered.
One suspect, a man wearing clear plastic safety goggles and white makeup on his cheeks and around his mouth, pointed a pistol at the victim and demanded money, police said.
The men took the victim's wallet and fled on foot.
The gunman was described as 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-8, weighing 180 pounds, with a husky build, dark complexion, and wearing a brown short-sleeved shirt and green and brown pants.
The second suspect was between 5-feet-8 and 5-feet-10, with an average build and brown complexion, wearing a brown shirt and brown pants.
Police have opened a first-degree robbery case.
Juvenile pulled over on stolen mo-ped
Police arrested a juvenile who was allegedly driving a stolen mo-ped Sunday afternoon.
They said a patrol officer saw a mo-ped driver commit a moving violation and pulled him over at about 4:41 p.m. During a routine check, the officer learned the mo-ped had been reported stolen by a 42-year-old man.
The officer arrested the juvenile for investigation of auto theft.
Wal-Mart shopper arrested for forgery
Police arrested a 30-year-old Waianae woman who allegedly tried to buy DVDs with forged cashier's checks.
Police said the woman approached a check-out stand at the Mililani Wal-Mart at 95-550 Lanikuhana Ave. at about 6:10 p.m. last night with a large number of DVDs and tried to pay for them with two $500 Bank of America cashier's checks, police said. The cashier became suspicious and called a telephone number on the checks, police said. A bank representative confirmed that the checks were fake.
Police arrested the woman for investigation of second-degree theft.