Quake off Big Isle too small to cause tsunami
An earthquake off the South Kona coast initially listed as magnitude 4.3 was quickly determined to be too small to generate a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said yesterday.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory put the size of the 5:33 p.m. event at magnitude 3.6.
The tsunami center put the site at 32 miles off Honaunau while the observatory put it at 26 miles offshore at a depth of 24 miles.
Schuler Family makes Windward grants
The Schuler Family Foundation
has donated more than half a million dollars to three nonprofit Windward Oahu organizations: Windward Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Club
is receiving $200,000 for programs and services to area youth and teens during after-school hours and throughout the summer; Castle Medical Center
will get $100,000 to be used toward its expansion as the primary health care facility for Windward Oahu; and Le Jardin Academy
Kailua will be given $250,000 for the development of new buildings to accommodate the college preparatory school's growth.
Julius Zuleta, a sophomore at Pahoa High and Intermediate School, was one of 40 youths who recently attended the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Ceremonial groundbreaking in Washington, D.C. He participated in the "Kids for King" National Essay program, which required an essay about what King's dream for a better America meant to him. He was selected as one of four students to read his essay.
The Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts awarded $5,000 to the United Chinese Society of Hawaii to support the annual Qing Ming Festival. Each April the festival is the season for Chinese to pay respects to their ancestors.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Hilo police make major drug bust
Hilo police said yesterday they made possibly the largest dried marijuana and hashish bust ever on the Big Island. A major hashish manufacturing operation and marijuana cultivation site was dismantled Monday, and police seized contraband with an estimated value of $500,000, acting Lt. Steven Correia said. Vice officers found three indoor growing operations at a 29-acre ranch on Amaumau Road. A 64-year-old man and his 60-year-old wife were arrested and held at the police cellblock in Hilo.
Masked men invade home and steal car
Big Island police are investigating a home-invasion robbery in the Fern Forest subdivision in Glenwood on Friday.
Police said that about 6 p.m., four or five masked men entered the Puna home armed with several firearms and bound a 56-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman and took items. Neither victim was injured.
The robbers left the home in a white sport utility vehicle as well as the victims' black 2000 Toyota four-door sedan.
Anyone with information can call Detective Darren Horio at 961-2385 or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311.
Police seek man in Kona stabbing
Kona police detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a man wanted in a stabbing Sunday morning at the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor.
A 47-year-old man with stab wounds was treated at Kona Community Hospital and released.
Police are looking for a green or possibly blue older Toyota van. The operator is described as Caucasian, in his late 40s, about 6 feet tall, about 230 pounds with long light hair and a mustache. He was last seen wearing surf shorts and a tank top.
Anyone with information can call Detective Reed Mahuna at 326-4646, extension 238, or the Police Department's nonemergency number at 935-3311.
Stray dog bites elderly woman
The Hawaiian Humane Society is searching for a stray black dog that attacked an elderly woman in Waianae yesterday afternoon, sending her to the hospital, police said.
The attack happened about 3:20 p.m. on Kuwale Road. The dog bit the woman on her right leg, and an ambulance took her to the Queen's Medical Center in stable condition, police said.