Turtle Bay legal battle continues
Keep the North Shore Country and the Sierra Club's Hawaii Chapter are taking their objections to a proposed expansion of Turtle Bay Resort to higher courts. The groups filed appeals last week, challenging a court ruling in favor of Kuilima Resort Co. That ruling said the company could proceed with plans outlined in a 20-year-old environmental impact statement. Critics want the courts to compel the city to supplement its original EIS before proceeding with expansion plans.
Visual Arts Center gets cash to buy land
» Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
in Makawao, Maui, received $500,000 in a state grant-in-aid
in 2006 that will enable it to purchase 25 acres from the Maui Land & Pineapple Co., on whose property the center has been located for 30 years.
» Franciscan Adult Day Center in Manoa has received a $40,000 two-year grant from the May Templeton Hopper Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.
» Junior Achievement of Hawaii has received the following contributions to further its teaching of free enterprise, business and economics to students of all grade levels: Servco Foundation, $5,000; Bank of Hawaii, $6,000; First Hawaiian Foundation, $5,000; HSBC-North America, $2,500; Pizza Hut/Taco Bell/TD Food Group Hawaii, $5,000; and the National Council on Economic Education, $5,000.
» Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu was given a $2,000 grant from the Atherton Family Foundation to support the purchase of new computers at its Leeward Habitat office in Waianae.
Police, Fire, Courts
Firefighters call off search for surfer, 35
Firefighters ended their search for a missing surfer on the North Shore yesterday.
The search for 35-year-old Joaquin Velilla ended at about 5 p.m., said Fire Capt. Frank Johnson.
"We searched for three full days, and that's our procedure unless we find something substantial," Johnson said.
The Coast Guard searched about 1,000 square miles and ended its search on Friday evening. Velilla was reported missing Thursday evening after he went surfing at Ehukai Beach earlier that day. His board was found Thursday.
Man held in alleged sex assault downtown
Police arrested a 46-year-old man Saturday after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman downtown.
The assault occurred on Jan. 4 sometime between noon and 12:45 p.m. on the 100 block of South Kukui Street. The victim, 20, told police that she was held against her will during the assault.
The man, arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and third-degree sexual assault, was released pending investigation.
Hatchet attack cited in argument at park
Police arrested a 23-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted another man with a hatchet at Neal Blaisdell Park in Pearl City.
At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, police said the suspect and the victim, 35, were involved in a verbal argument that escalated when the suspect assaulted the victim with the hatchet. The victim received minor injuries and refused treatment.