'Lion King' play to roar into Hawaii
After billions in ticket sales, millions of viewers, a decade-long run on Broadway that shows no sign of fading, two national road companies and dozens of foreign-language stage adaptations and many awards, Julie Taymor's vision of the Disney animated film "The Lion King" is coming to Hawaii.
Yesterday's announcement of the play's open-ended engagement at the Blaisdell Concert Hall confirmed what many had been speculating when the Blaisdell was booked for a mysterious several-month run this fall, displacing the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.
See today's Features Section for details.
Benefit will help officer's family
Friends of Honolulu motorcycle police officer Steve Favela, who was fatally injured during a presidential motorcade, are holding a fundraiser for his family Jan. 28 at Pipeline Cafe.
All the money raised will go to his wife, Barbara, and four children, Keahi, 7, Kiana 5, Matthew, 3, and Jacob, 5 months. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Darren Cachola at 864-2001.
Sanders will head Kailua chamber board
The Kailua Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 2007 is led by Ken Sanders
of Ocean Network, president; Jim Mazzola
, Coldwell Banker, 1st vice president; Emi Espinda
, Mid-Pacific Country Club, 2nd vice president; Pat Banning
, Bookends, treasurer; Bill Stone
, Windward YMCA, secretary; David Earles
, Benjamin Case, immediate past president.
Directors are Powell Berger of Two Wahines on the Beach; Tonic Bille, Beach Lane Properties; Kerri Mokulehua, Honolulu Advertiser; Puna Nam, Cinnamon's Restaurant; Evan Scherman, 50th State Management Corp.; Anna Lui, First Hawaiian Bank; Billy Pieper, Beneficial Group; Ron Sauder, Castle Medical Center; Jim Slavish, Jack Wolfe Insurance; and Kimo Steinwascher, Kaneohe Ranch.
The Armed Services YMCA's new board of directors is Kraig Kennedy, Captain U.S. Navy (ret.), chairman; David Waller, vice chairman; Alice Tucker, treasurer; and Theodore Wong, secretary.
The Carol Burnett Award for Ethics and Excellence in Journalism for 2006 was given to Matthew K. Ing, news editor, and Alyssa Navares, features editor, of Ka Leo o Hawaii, the campus newspaper at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Each received $500.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Cruise ship leaves course to help ailing fisherman
Crew members of a cruise ship assisted a 35-year-old fisherman in need of medical attention on a fishing vessel at sea Tuesday.
The Coast Guard received a call at 10:41 a.m. from the owner of the fishing vessel, Dae In Ho, that a man aboard needed medical help. The boat was 400 miles southwest of Oahu.
At 11:30 a.m. the Coast Guard contacted the cruise liner the Norwegian Wind, which was more than 80 miles away. The cruise ship diverted from its course and arrived on the scene within six hours and took the man to Lahaina yesterday, the Coast Guard said.
The cruise liner's nurse stayed with the man so he would receive continuity of medical care, the Coast Guard said.
Armed men sought in Waialae kidnapping
Police are on the lookout for two, possibly three armed men who allegedly kidnapped and released two men Tuesday.
At about 4:25 p.m. a man and a woman were pulling up to their friend's house on Alakoa Street in Waialae when a maroon two-door car pulled up behind them. One of two men in the car brandished a handgun and demanded money from the pair and their friend, police said.
One of the suspects told the woman to get out of her car, a Lexus, and told the two men, ages 21 and 22, to get in, police said. The suspects drove away with the two in the Lexus.
The woman called police, and as officers investigated, one of the hostages walked up to the house. He said he had been released unharmed a few blocks away, police said.
The second victim was released and later found at about 12:30 a.m. yesterday near 7th and Harding avenues in Kaimuki, along with the stolen Lexus. He also was unharmed.
Girl reports kidnap attempt in Manoa
Police are looking for a man who allegedly tried to pull a young girl into his car yesterday in Manoa.
Police said the girl was walking along Kaloa Way at about 9:30 a.m. when she was approached by a late-model Mustang. When the man driving tried to pull her into the car, she screamed and he drove away, police said.
They did not provide a description of the suspect.
Man held after wife knocked unconscious
Police arrested a 38-year-old man for allegedly knocking his wife unconscious Tuesday night.
Police said the man and his 37-year-old wife were arguing in their Waipahu home at about 9 p.m. when he knocked her out.
They arrested the man for investigation of abuse of household member.
Driver of stolen car tries to strike officer
Police were looking for a man last night who tried to ram a police officer with a stolen car yesterday afternoon in Waiahole.
Police said the officer had found a stolen four-door Honda sedan on Waiahole Homestead Road near Kamehameha Highway at about 3:15 p.m.
As he approached the vehicle, which appeared unoccupied, the suspect got up from a reclining position and drove toward the officer, police said.
The officer fired his handgun but the suspect fled, police said. Neither was injured, they said.
The car, which had been stolen from a Kaneohe residence, was later recovered.
Police described the suspect as a man in his 20s, with a slim build, long brown hair in a ponytail, wearing a red jacket and jeans.
State road worker is killed cutting tree
A 30-year-old state road maintenance worker was killed on Kauai when a tree he was cutting fell on him.
The man was clearing trees and bushes along Kuhio Highway near Kilauea with a road maintenance crew when the accident occurred at about 1 p.m. yesterday, said state Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa.
He was not identified pending notification of the family, Ishikawa said.
He had been working with the state Department of Transportation since 1998, and his duties included road maintenance, cutting trees and clearing brush.
The Transportation Department will conduct its own investigation.