Wind and high surf on east shores
Expect windy weather and high surf on east shores today and tomorrow because of a high pressure system, the National Weather service said. Forecasters are predicting that powerful tradewinds will bring surf along east-facing shores to advisory levels in the 6- to 9-foot range. A wind advisory is in effect until tomorrow for Haleakala on Maui and Kohala on the Big Island, where gusts could exceed 50 miles per hour. The windy weather could continue through the middle of the week.
Police, Fire, Courts
Fatal crash closes H-1 near Campbell exit
Police were investigating a fatal crash involving two-vehicles that closed the westbound H-1 Freeway at the Makakilo exit shortly after 7:20 p.m. last night.
A light-colored sport utility vehicle flipped over in the far left westbound lane of the freeway, about 200 yards to the Honolulu side of the overpass leading to Campbell Industrial Park.
A second SUV was lying on the driver's side on the far right shoulder of the westbound lanes.
Police were diverting traffic off the freeway and to the Farrington Highway at the Makakilo exit.
Fire damages Aloha Tower restaurant
A kitchen fire in an Aloha Tower Marketplace restaurant caused about $80,000 damage to the Hong Kong Harbor View Seafood Restaurant yesterday.
Firefighters responded to the alarm shortly before 11:30 a.m. and declared the fire extinguished less than 15 minutes later, said firefighter spokesman Capt. Gary Lum.
"The sprinkler system put out the fire," Lum said. "That's why we're really pushing for sprinkler systems in high-rises. It's very effective. It's a lifesaver."
Staff was preparing food in the kitchen of the second-floor restaurant at the time. No one was injured. Firefighters said it was a grease fire.
Water from the sprinklers caused damage to the restaurant and a business below, Lum said.
Motorcyclist dies after collision with truck
A 53-year-old Captain Cook man died yesterday from injuries suffered in an accident Friday.
Joseph K. Keliipaakaua III was driving a 2005 Honda motorcycle north on Route 11 at about 11 a.m. when a 2006 GMC pickup truck driven by a 79-year-old Captain Cook man made a left turn in front of his bike, police said.
Keliipaakaua was taken to the Kona Community Hospital and later flown to the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, where he died at 12:37 a.m.
He was not wearing a helmet.
It was the seventh Big Island traffic fatality this year, compared with six at this time last year.
Girl robbed by passenger on city bus
A girl said she was robbed at knife point on a bus Friday afternoon, and police are looking for the suspect.
A man brandished a pocket knife and took the girl's necklace on the bus from Honolulu to Kailua at about 4 p.m., she said. She grabbed her necklace back and kept it.
Both the suspect and the girl, whose age police are not releasing, continued to ride the bus between Kailua and Honolulu until about 7:15 p.m. The victim was scared and did not try to leave, but was finally told by the suspect to get off the bus, police said.