Hollywood movie to film on Oahu
A Universal Studios feature film starring two young television actors is scheduled to start shooting on Oahu in April.
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" will feature Jason Segel, who plays Marshall Eriksen on the CBS series "How I Met Your Mother," and Kristen Bell, who has played the title role in the CW series "Veronica Mars" since 2004.
Brenda Ching, executive director of the Screen Actors Guild Hawaii branch, said yesterday that filming will last about a month and will "create a lot of work for SAG members" in the islands.
"This is huge for Oahu and Hawaii," said Honolulu Film Commissioner Walea Constantinau. "I would conservatively estimate that this project will generate 70,000 to 75,000 man-hours for local workers and the businesses employed to support on-location filming."
The possibility of setting the project in Hawaii first arose when state and county film commissioners visited Los Angeles in July to announce the state's Act 88 tax credit to independent and studio producers.
-- Katherine Nichols, Star-Bulletin
Isle Coast Guard officer drowns
A 20-year-old petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard apparently drowned yesterday while swimming on the Big Island, officials said.
At about 4:40 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a missing swimmer in the Wailuku River about 100 to 200 yards above a swimming hole called "Ropes," police said.
Rescuers found the man underwater, airlifted him out and transported him to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:02 p.m.
"Our heart goes out to his family, and the entire Coast Guard is grieved with our loss," said Lt. John Titchen, a Coast Guard spokesman. "We grieve for him and his family."
Police and Coast Guard officials withheld the man's name and his hometown pending notification of next of kin.
The man was a petty officer third class on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, a 110-foot patrol boat stationed in Hilo, Titchen said. The Kiska is operated by an 18-member crew.
"They really are so close," Titchen said. "It's a small boat in an isolated location; there's no way they cannot get to know each other and like each other. ... This is a terrible loss for the Coast Guard."
'Dog' could get help from House
State House lawmakers are throwing the "Dog" a bone.
The International Affairs Committee advanced a resolution yesterday asking Mexican authorities drop criminal charges against famed bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman. Charges against the 53-year-old star of the A&E reality series "Dog the Bounty Hunter" stem from his June 2003 capture of convicted rapist Andrew Luster in Mexico.
The nonbinding resolution also must be approved by the House Judiciary Committee and the full chamber before going to the Senate for consideration.
Atherton foundation names board chief
Judith M. Dawson
is the Atherton Family Foundation's new president of the board of directors, replacing long-standing President Robert R. Midkiff
. Dawson, who has served on the board for more than 25 years, is a great-great-great-granddaughter of Juliette M. Atherton, creator of one of the trusts that built the family foundation.
Robin S. Midkiff joined the board as vice president Jan. 1 this year, filling the seat of Robert R. Midkiff.
The Consular Corps of Hawaii inducted John Quinn, consul general of Australia, as its new dean; John Henry Felix, honorary consul of Portugal and vice consul of Spain, immediate past dean; Gaylord G. Tom, honorary consul of the Netherlands, vice dean; Nina H. Fasi, honorary consul of Norway, secretary; and Annie Kaneshiro, honorary consular agent of Tonga, treasurer.
The organization also honored Dr. Brenda Lei Foster, associate member of the Consular Corps, with its Distinguished Citizen Award; and Laurence Vogel, honorary consul of Denmark, its Distinguished Service Medal.
Elizabeth M. Hartnett of Mililani, a senior at DePauw University in Indiana, will travel to Toronto in March to compete as a finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Voice Competition.
"Shining Stars" runs Mondays through Thursdays.
Police, Fire, Courts
Firefighters douse blazes on 2 islands
Oahu and Molokai firefighters were busy this week fighting brush fires:
» Fire investigators on Molokai believe a brush fire that burned about 140 acres in Kaluakoi was started by workers cutting metal shortly before noon Monday. A fire extinguisher that was available to the workers was not sufficient to extinguish the fire, which spread quickly under windy conditions, officials said.
Firefighters brought the fire under control Tuesday afternoon.
» Two brush fires in Makaha that totaled about 10 acres in size were brought under control at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday. The brush fires began at about 4:30 p.m. along Makaha Valley Road behind the Makaha Valley Country Club.
» Firefighters put out a brush fire near Lanikuhana Avenue and Kamehameha Highway in Mililani at about 1 p.m. yesterday, just as they had mopped up a 300-acre brush fire mauka of Kamaile Elementary School in Waianae.
Police ID woman found dead at bay
A woman whose beaten body was found near Kahana Bay on Feb. 25 has been identified as 56-year-old Linda Hannon.
She was last seen alive by a friend at 8 a.m. that day. Two people walking near the Kahana Bay fishpond found her face down and partially clothed on the beach below a small ledge at about 1:30 p.m.
She rode a bicycle and was known to frequent the Kaaawa and Punaluu communities for the past 10 years.
Her bicycle was found parked nearby on Kamehameha Highway. She was severely beaten, and died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the city medical examiner.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police.
Pedestrian hurt in car accident
Police responded to a critical pedestrian accident in the Aiea area at 7:03 last night.
Police said the man was in critical condition after the auto accident near 98-1746 Nahele St.
Officer says man threw knife at him
Police arrested a 23-year-old man yesterday after he allegedly threw a knife at a police officer.
Police said that at 1:11 a.m. a patrol officer saw the man enter a supermarket on Ala Lilikoi Street and Salt Lake Boulevard. The man was leaving the store when the officer noticed something in his hand, police said.
When the officer tried to stop him, the suspect raised his hand, revealing a knife, police said. The suspect allegedly refused to drop the knife, then threw it at the officer but missed.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Powdery substance found in Ala Wai
Numerous safety officials responded to a report of a large fuel spill yesterday morning.
The spill was reported at Dock D of Ala Wai harbor. Firefighters, the Coast Guard and officers from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources responded to the scene.
Coast Guard pollution investigators found an unknown powdery substance in the canal that seemed to be coming out of the storm drain between the Kalakaua Avenue and McCully Street bridges.
The investigators could not take a sample, but determined the substance was not oil-based or hazardous. While investigators were on the scene, the substance stopped coming out of the drain and dissipated.
Man fleeing police crashes stolen car
Police arrested a 48-year-old man who allegedly crashed a stolen car early yesterday.
Police said that at about 3:05 a.m. an officer tried to stop the man for a traffic violation on Farrington Highway in Waianae when the suspect tried to drive away and crashed.
The suspect fled on foot but was captured, police said. The officer discovered the vehicle was stolen and then arrested the suspect for investigation of auto theft.