Flags to honor Aduja, Dela Cruz
Hawaii flags at city and state buildings will be flown at half-staff tomorrow from dawn to dusk to honor Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Linda Dela Cruz, who died on March 15.
Dela Cruz was elected as a trustee in 2000. She was serving a second term that would have ended in 2008.
A memorial service is scheduled for Hilo tonight. Burial services will follow tomorrow.
State flags were to be flown at half-staff today in honor of former Rep. Peter Aduja, who died on Feb. 19.
Aduja became the first Filipino in Hawaii to be elected to the Territorial House of Representatives. He represented Hilo as a Republican for a two-year term.
Funeral services for Aduja were to be held on Oahu today.
Big Isle mayor's health improves
HILO » Big Island Mayor Harry Kim, hospitalized with flulike symptoms Sunday, continues to improve at the Queen's Medical Center, spokeswoman Janet Snyder said yesterday.
She described Kim as "antsy" and "bored to tears." Kim's son Gary, a Hawaii County emergency medical technician, is at his bedside making sure he gets some rest, she said.
"He wants to go home," Snyder said.
Kim's symptoms appeared Sunday during a return flight from Indonesia where he participated in a workshop on disaster preparedness.
H-1, H-2 lanes to close Saturday
Pothole repairs will close two westbound lanes of the H-1 freeway on Saturday.
The work will close the lanes from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the Halawa and Waiawa interchanges.
The closure will continue on northbound lanes of the H-2 freeway from the Waiawa to Mililani Technology Park interchanges, according to the state Department of Transportation.
$10M grant targets reading skills
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $10 million grant for an initiative to get every third-grader in Hawaii reading at grade level by 2015.
The grant was awarded to the Hawaii P-20 Initiative, a collaborative effort of local community organizations, the University of Hawaii, state Department of Education and Good Beginning Alliance.
The focus of the Hawaii P-20 Initiative is to encourage lifelong learning by helping people progress through the formal education systems, from pre-kindergarten through post-secondary.
VHS sale to benefit libraries
A nonprofit organization is holding a sale of VHS movies through tomorrow to support public libraries in Hawaii.
Friends of the Library of Hawaii is selling the tapes for $1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and tomorrow at Bill's Bookmobile at 690 Pohukaina St. in Kakaako.
Rehabilitation support groups free to public
Stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-polio support group meetings are open to the public at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, 226 N. Kuakini St. Meetings are held as follows:
» Stroke Support Group, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month.
» Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, from 2 to 4 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.
These groups meet on the hospital's first-floor lanai. For more information, call REHAB at 531-3511 or see www.rehabhospital.org (events section).
Other meetings include:
» Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group, hosted with the Brain Injury Association of Hawaii, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the hospital's first-floor WO 4 Conference Room. For information, call BIA-HI at 454-0699.
» Post-Polio Support Group, meeting quarterly from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of April, July and October in the first-floor WO 2 Conference Room. Call Theo at 737-9533.
Cameron Center honors contributors
» Audrey Rocha Reed
, president and CEO of Cameron Center, and Mary Maizie Cameron Sanford
will be honored at a fundraiser by the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.
Reed is retiring after 25 years of service to the center and its nonprofit organizations. Sanford, former publisher of the Maui News, donated to various charities on the island and served 15 years on the center's board of directors.
» Waste Management of Hawaii presented $3,000 to the American Diabetes Association at its annual Walk for Diabetes at Kapiolani Park. The firm also pledged an additional $500 each for selected officials from the Leeward coast, including Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, Rep. Karen Awana, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Rep. Kymberly Pine and City Councilman Todd Apo.
» Lt. Cmdr. Jon Swallow, a resident of Derwood, Md., assumed command of the Honolulu-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research ship, the Hi'ialakai, in January, relieving Cmdr. Carl Groeneveld.
The 224-foot ship supports the national effort to protect, restore and manage coral reef ecosystems. It operates year-round along the Hawaiian Islands and in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
Police, Fire, Courts
Alleged robber drives victim around
Police arrested a 34-year-old Waikiki man who allegedly robbed and kidnapped a 36-year-old man while cruising in his vehicle yesterday morning.
At about 12:15 a.m. the victim was walking to his parked vehicle when a 34-year-old acquaintance and an unknown man walked up and demanded that he get into their vehicle, the police reported.
The suspects drove him around Honolulu, threatened to kill him, tried to sell his vehicle and used his credit card to buy food, the man told police.
Police stopped the suspect in Chinatown for an alleged traffic violation while he was driving the victim's car and arrested him on suspicion of driving without a license and outstanding warrants.
The man seated in the passenger seat reported that the driver kidnapped and robbed him at gunpoint and knifepoint. Police arrested the Waikiki man on suspicion of first-degree robbery and kidnapping.
The second suspect, who was driving another vehicle at the time, fled the arrest scene.
Missing 3-year-old in neighbor's home
Police and Hickam Air Force Base security officers found a 3-year-old girl in a neighbor's home yesterday about two hours after her father reported her missing.
At about 10:50 a.m. the girl's father noticed she was not in their home on the base or in the immediate vicinity and reported her missing.
Search personnel flooded the area until she was found unharmed at about 1:45 p.m., a Hickam Air Force Base spokeswoman said.
Large fire destroys Anahola home
Fire destroyed a wooden home in Anahola yesterday, causing about $220,000 in damage.
The blaze that engulfed the home on Hakuaina Street started at about 10 a.m. and was under control by 11 a.m. Firefighters extinguished the fire just before noon.
Seven people -- five adults, a 17-year-old and an infant -- lived at the home for 18 years. There were no injuries, said Kauai County spokeswoman Mary Daubert.
The cause of the fire at the 1,200-square-foot home is under investigation.
The Kauai branch of the American Red Cross will assist the family with food, counseling and living arrangements, said Director Alfred Darling.
Phone date leads to assault arrest
An 18-year-old woman told Wahiawa police yesterday that a 43-year-old man she met through a phone dating service sexually assaulted her.
The woman reported that she went on a date with the man and accompanied him to a hotel where she drank some alcoholic beverages.
The man sexually assaulted her when she fell asleep, she told police.
The woman reported the incident at about 12:45 a.m. after the man took her home.
Police arrested the man on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault. He was released pending investigation.
Family scours Maui for missing man, 75
Twenty-four family members continue to search for a 75-year-old Los Angeles man who never returned from an afternoon swim in Kihei, Maui, on March 14.
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Antonio Castro, a 75-year-old man from Los Angeles, has been missing since March 14, when he failed to return from a swim in Kihei, Maui.
Antonio Castro went swimming at Keawakapu Beach at about 5 p.m. His clothes were found on the beach.
A family member said he could be on land and disoriented because he had skipped some installments of his medication.
Twenty family members from Los Angeles who helped with the search will fly back this week.
Castro's daughter and her family will remain to continue the search.
Castro is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds and has brown eyes and balding gray hair. He was last seen wearing black swimming trunks. He has surgical scars on his chest and his right leg and has a four-tooth lower dental bridge.
Call the Maui Police Department at (808) 244-6400 if you have information on Castro's whereabouts.
Head-on collision kills 29-year-old
One man died and another was listed in critical condition over the weekend after their vehicles were involved in a head-on collision on Honoapiilani Highway near Kaniau Street on Maui.
At about 11:10 p.m. Saturday, a 2007 Jeep operated by John Hajewski was heading north on the highway. Police said the Jeep traveled to the left and crossed the center line into the oncoming lane.
He sideswiped a 2001 Subaru operated by Kelsie Hayase. Police said the Jeep then slammed head-on with a 2005 Nissan Altima operated by Reginald Gonsalves.
Gonsalves, 29, of Lahaina, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Hajewski, 38, of Las Vegas, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt.
Police said Hayase, 19, of Lahaina, did not suffer injuries. She was wearing a seat belt when she was sideswiped by the Jeep.
Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, but the accident is still under investigation, police said.
This was the fourth traffic-related fatality to occur on Maui compared with four at the same time last year.