Shark sighting closes beach
HAENA, Kauai » A 6- to 8-foot tiger shark was spotted just 15 yards from shore at Haena Beach Park yesterday morning, prompting the closure of the beach park.
Lifeguards spotted the shark at about 10 a.m. yesterday.
County officials said they will make the determination to reopen the beach when lifeguards consider the area safe.
Hina Mauka honors former CEO
M.P. "Andy" Anderson, who has stepped down after 11 years as chief executive officer of Hina Mauka, will be honored at a benefit dinner for the organization from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 18 at the Sheraton Waikiki.
Although he has shed administrative responsibilities, Anderson is remaining active with the drug and alcohol treatment program. He has been involved in treatment and advocacy for more than 41 years and was a Hina Mauka board member for 12 years before becoming CEO.
The theme of the dinner is "The House That Andy Built," referring to a 1,000-fold growth during his tenure in treatment services for adolescents, adults, families, homeless and incarcerated. Services are offered in 23 locations on Oahu and Kauai.
The theme also refers to Hina Mauka's capital expansion program, "Reaching Out." Items and services related to building and remodeling will be offered at a silent auction to benefit the programs and expansion.
Tickets for the event cost $75 a person, while table sponsorships range from $750 to $5,000. For more information or to order tickets, call 447-5267.
Drop off state taxes curbside
Last-minute Oahu taxpayers can take advantage of curbside drop-off service for state individual income tax returns.
On April 20, the state deadline for taxes, volunteers will provide last-minute drop-off service for taxpayers from 5 p.m. to midnight on the Punchbowl and Halekauwila sides of the Princess Ruth Keelikolani Building at 830 Punchbowl St.
Hawaii tax returns can also be filed using "E-file." The Hawaii Resident Income Tax Return (form N-11) and the Hawaii Part-Year or Nonresident Return (form N-15) can be filed through the Joint Federal/State E-filing (JELF) program.
Vendors offering JELF for a fee can be found online at www.state.hi.us/tax/b2_3software.htm. The Resident Income Return-Short Form (N-13) can be filed electronically at no cost for those receiving a refund. Go to www.ehawaiigov.org/efile and create an account to file the N-13 online.
Customer service can be reached at 587-4242 or toll-free at (800) 222-3229. Telephone hours have been expanded until June 29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday except state holidays.
Isle Red Cross to host fundraiser
"Lost" actor Daniel Dae Kim will be a special guest at the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter's annual fundraiser "Tea at Halekulani," April 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Philanthropist Carolyn Berry is honorary chairwoman for this event, which will also offer a silent auction and displays of the spring/summer 2007 collections of Yves Saint-Laurent accessorized by Tiffany & Co. jewels.
Proceeds will go to the Hawaii chapter of the Red Cross to meet the community's crisis needs and extend emergency preparedness education and awareness.
Individual tickets are $250; sponsor tables are available for $2,500 and $5,000. Seats can be purchased by calling Jaylene Chee of the American Red Cross at 739-8130 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Police, Fire, Courts
Motorcyclist is killed in collision
A motorcyclist in his 40s died yesterday after a two-vehicle collision in the westbound lanes of the Moanalua Freeway near the Fort Shafter overpass.
At about 4:15 p.m. the motorcyclist was driving behind a four-door sedan in the far-right lane. The sedan driver, a man in his 50s, attempted to switch lanes and, noticing another vehicle, swerved back into the far-right lane, police said.
The car collided with the motorcycle, which apparently was attempting to pass the car, according to police. The collision knocked the motorcycle onto the right shoulder, and the motorcyclist lost control of his vehicle, police said, adding that he was not wearing a helmet.
Police closed the two right lanes and the right shoulder of Moanalua Freeway in the westbound direction for more than two hours after the accident. The two left lanes remained open.
Paramedics took the man to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead, said Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services Department.
Victim identified in tractor death
A man who died after being pinned under a tractor on Thursday has been identified as 50-year-old Bradley Brown.
Police said Brown had been moving brush and clearing land with a tractor at his Pacific Heights home. The tractor flipped over and pinned him, police said. Brown was found a short time after 1:30 p.m.,
Mom allegedly 'brainwashes' son
Police arrested a Waikiki woman in a child endangerment case for allegedly "brainwashing" her son against his father.
Police said the 47-year-old woman, who is divorcing her husband, made numerous false reports against her husband while "brainwashing" their 10-year-old son into thinking that the husband would hurt them.
Police arrested her at her Waikiki home Thursday for investigation of second-degree child endangerment.