Canoes' crews await good weather
The crews of the voyaging canoes Alingano Maisu and Hokule'a now hope weather will permit them to depart Kawaihae, Hawaii, for Micronesia at daybreak tomorrow. They were to leave today, but 35-knot winds in the Alenuihaha Channel between the Big Island and Maui made it too dangerous, navigator Nainoa Thompson said. "We're prepared to go, and we're waiting for the winds to tell us when it's OK. Our best guess is that we're hoping for and planning for a Wednesday departure at sunrise," he said.
» Follow the voyage of Hokule'a at the Polynesian Voyaging Society web site at: www.pvs.hawaii.org
» Star-Bulletin reporter Gary Kubota is sailing with Hokule'a and will respond to selected reader questions from the canoe via satellite hookup, when possible. Email questions to email@example.com
No Blaisdell parking today or tomorrow
City or daily parking will not be available at the Neal Blaisdell Center through tomorrow.
Officials advise motorists to make alternate parking plans for those days.
For more information, call Diamond Parking at 592-7275.
Post office parking limited in Kaneohe
Construction work is scheduled to take place in the parking lot of the Kaneohe Post Office this week.
Work includes repaving, new curbing, widening parking stalls and building a disabilities-compliant ramp. Minor work will be done in the early stages of the project. Officials said the parking lot will be closed to customers on the days when repaving work begins.
Work is expected to take two to three weeks to complete. Officials said the post office will maintain its normal business hours -- from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays -- during the project.
Speaker will address better hospice care
Frank Ostaseski, a leader in the movement to improve care of the dying in America, will give a lecture from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Parish Hall, Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania St.
Hospice Hawaii is presenting his talk and a discussion about "Love, Joy & Compassion at the End of Life." He will explore how to use loss and death to encourage "the movement from tragedy to transformation."
Ostaseski served 18 years as founding director of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America.
He created the Alaya Institute in 2004 to provide innovative approaches to end-of-life care that "reaffirm the spiritual dimensions of dying."
The organization's major project is an End of Life Care Practitioner Program, a comprehensive training program.
The program Friday is free, but reservations are requested because of limited seating. Call 924-9255.
Punahou's Case Middle School wins award
Case Middle School
at Punahou School won the Energy Project of the Year award in the Seventh Energy Efficiency Awards, sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Co.
The school was also lauded for combining green design and conservation practices beyond energy use, earning the Innovation in Design award for new construction. Hawaii Medical Services Association also won the Innovation in Design award for its building on Keeaumoku Street.
The Trade Ally of the Year award was presented to Darren Kimura of Energy Industries Inc.
Other winners include the Honolulu Advertiser's Kapolei Production Facility and the Ohana Waikiki Malia Hotel, in the commercial category; University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Queen's Medical Center, institutional category; Hickam Air Force Base C-17 Flight Squadron and Tripler Army Medical Center, military category; Kaanapali Shores by ResortQuest, residential category; Bougainville Flooring Super Store, small-business category; and Sheraton Hotels, multiple facilities category.
The Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts awarded a $90,000 grant to the Hawaii Theatre Center for the 2006-2007 Hana Hou! Hawaiian Music Series and special performances that will run until May.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Tenant's body found in Kapiolani apartment
The body of a 58-year-old man was discovered in his Kapiolani Boulevard apartment yesterday morning.
Police said blood was found on him and that it appears suspicious, but have not ruled it a murder.
The man was found unresponsive in his apartment at about 9:50 a.m. yesterday.
Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to be performed today.
Sand Island joy ride brings car theft arrest
Police arrested a 35-year-old Pearl City man following a tip from a state parks worker who noticed something suspicious about the man at Sand Island Park on Sunday night.
The worker saw the man sitting in a car, then saw him drive the car into the park at about 8:30 p.m. and stop, police said.
The worker then called police. While waiting for officers to arrive, the worker saw a pipe in plain view, police said.
Officers learned that the car the man was driving had been reported stolen from a 27-year-old woman.
Police arrested the man for investigation of auto theft and drug violations.
Man sought in alleged attack on co-worker
Police are looking for a 35-year-old man who allegedly attacked a co-worker last month.
At about 10 a.m. Dec. 13, the suspect and the victim, a 48-year-old man, were arguing at their Kalihi workplace.
The suspect hit the victim in the face, causing substantial injury, and fled, police said.
Police did not release a description of the suspect.
Flashing lights alert police to stolen auto
Police arrested a 27-year-old woman early Saturday morning for allegedly driving a stolen car.
While on routine patrol at about 1:30 a.m., an officer saw a vehicle with flashing headlights headed toward Makaha on Farrington Highway in Waianae, police said.
The car was reported stolen Friday, police said. The officer arrested the woman for investigation of auto theft.
Suspect surrenders in car theft case
A 30-year-old man was arrested Friday afternoon after turning himself in for allegedly stealing a car.
Patrol units in Waipahu saw the suspect driving a vehicle reported to be stolen in a burglary case, police said. The suspect parked the vehicle and fled on foot, police said.
He turned himself in at the Pearl City police station at 3:26 p.m. and was arrested for investigation of auto theft, police said.
Purloined pet lands ex-beau in doghouse
Police arrested a 38-year-old man Thursday for allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend's dog after an argument.
Police said the 35-year-old woman was arguing with her ex-boyfriend at about 3:50 a.m. as she sat in her car in Waialua.
The man reached into her car and grabbed the woman's dog, police said. He left with the dog but was later found at his home and arrested for investigation of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
Search to resume for missing diver
HILO » Hawaii County Fire Department rescue personnel were to resume a search today for a diver missing off Kehena Beach 25 miles south of Hilo.
The man, whose identity was not released, was reported missing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
The department searched yesterday using crews on shore, additional personnel in a boat, and a county helicopter. They were assisted by the cutter Kiska from Hilo and an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Barbers Point, which searched 15 square miles along the coast, the Coast Guard said.
Hilo man, 20, sought on Drug Court warrant
Big Island police are looking for a 20-year-old Hilo man who is wanted on a bench warrant issued by the Big Island Drug Court.
Police are looking for Keaau Kamealoha Gomes, whose last known address was 483 Kinoole St.
He is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 150 pounds, with a medium build, tan complexion, brown eyes and brown hair, and multiple tattoos on both arms.
Anyone with information is asked to call Officer DuWayne Waipa at 961-8121, the police nonemergency number at 935-3311, or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
Head-on crash leaves man critically injured
KAILUA-KONA » One man was in critical condition and four others in stable condition following a head-on collision Sunday night on Queen Kaahumanu Highway north of Kailua-Kona, the Hawaii County Fire Department said.
A man was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital in critical condition by a county helicopter after being removed from his compact sedan with a "jaws of life" device, Fire Department medics said.
Four men in a sport utility vehicle were taken to Kona Community Hospital, they said. None of the names was released, and details were not available.
The accident 12 miles north of Kailua-Kona was reported at 10:52 p.m., the Fire Department said.