Leis needed for Memorial Day
Some 50,000 fresh leis are needed by next Friday to place on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day.
Most of the leis will be placed on graves by Boy Scouts at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. The 58th annual Mayor's Memorial Day Service will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 28 at Punchbowl.
Leis must be made of fresh flowers or ti leaves and must measure 20 to 24 inches before tying. All leis must be tied. Floral sprays, such as ti leaf and anthurium bouquets, are also welcome.
Loose plumeria flowers can be dropped off Thursday at the Waipahu and Kailua District Parks, and the Makua Alii Senior Center at 1541 Kalakaua Ave. The leis can be dropped off Friday at the following Oahu locations:
» Community Parks, between 9 and 11:30 a.m. -- Ala Wai Community Park; Makua Alii Senior Center; Waianae, Wahiawa, Waiau, Waipahu District Parks; Kaneohe Community and Senior Center; Waikiki Community Center.
» Fire Stations, between 6 a.m. and noon -- No. 6 Kalihi, No. 12 Waipahu, No. 14 Waialua, No. 17 Kaneohe, No. 18 Kailua, No. 27 Waimanalo, No. 343 Hawaii Kai.
» Department of Parks and Recreation Parks Permit Section, between 8 a.m. and noon -- Fasi Municipal Building, 650 S. King St.
For information, call Parks and Recreation at 692-5725.
Maryknoll to honor Yonamine
Wally Yonamine, who won a city football championship and later became a baseball star in Japan, will be honored at this year's Maryknoll School's award and scholarship dinner.
The school's Ninth Annual Monsignor Charles A. Kekumano Award & Scholarship Dinner will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on May 27, starting with a silent auction at 5 p.m.
Maui-born Yonamine helped the Farrington Governors win its first city football title in 1944. After World War II, he turned down a football scholarship from Ohio State to sign a professional contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
But Yonamine ended up playing his second-favorite sport, baseball, after suffering a broken wrist. He spent 38 years in Japan as a player, manager, coach and scout. He won three batting titles, finishing with a .311 lifetime average, and was an eight-time league all-star.
Over the last nine years, the Maryknoll dinner has raised nearly $1 million for the scholarship fund. Ticket prices for this year's event start at $150 per person.
Past honorees include Livingston M.F. Wong, James H. Gahler, Irmgard Farden Aluli, Cha and Jack Thompson, Nina Kealiiwahamana Rapozo, Jorge Camara, former Gov. George Ariyoshi, and Gabriel Wai Chiu Ma.
Forum on ALS set for tomorrow
The public is invited to a free informational meeting on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Queen's Conference Center, at the corner of Punchbowl and Beretania streets.
Speakers will include neurologist Ronald Yamaoka, Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic co-director; Bruce Clark, accessibility planning and consulting; and Linda Giles, motivational speaker. Information also will be presented by the ALS support group and various businesses, programs and agencies that serve ALS clients.
Door prizes wall be presented, and food and beverages provided by Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant. Free parking is available at the Honolulu municipal building, with entrances on Beretania, Alapai and Punchbowl streets. For more information, call Jennifer Li, 593-4454.
Blaisdell parking limited for fair
No daily, monthly or city parking will be available at the Neal Blaisdell Center on Wednesday.
Parking will only be available for those attending the Workforce 2007 Job Fair event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists who normally park at the center should make alternate parking plans that day.
For information, call Diamond Parking at 592-7275.
Coming this weekend in your Star-Bulletin:
Five members of the Altwies family find roles in theater, where the clan's patriarch pursues a goal of "becoming invisible."
Business: Several natural food stores in Honolulu, most of which occupied a small market niche for the last few years, are expanding. They are gearing up for competition from Whole Foods Market, slated to arrive next year. But they also say that public demand for organic produce is growing. Also in Sunday's Business section, ways that home buyers can pump up their credit scores to put themselves in the best shape for a loan.
Travel: For those looking to get in touch with their wild side, the world-famous San Diego Zoo has a lot to offer. It is home to 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a botanical collection of 700,000 exotic plants.
Police, Fire, Courts
Work furlough escapee captured
An inmate who escaped from a work furlough program Saturday was caught by police at 7 a.m. yesterday in Waipahu.
A police officer who went to Hans L'Orange Park to serve a temporary restraining order approached one of two men sleeping under a tree.
The man got up and walked away, and kept going when the officer told him to stop, the Department of Public Safety said. He finally stopped and gave the officer a bogus name, but later admitted he had escaped from the Laumaka Work Furlough Center.
Troy Henry Sacapanio was arrested and booked for investigation of second-degree escape.
Man, 20, held in child assault
Police arrested a 20-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted two juveniles in Kapolei on May 10. The suspect was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree sexual assault. Police did not provide further information.
Teenager allegedly steals aunt's car
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy who allegedly stole his aunt's car.
The car was reported stolen at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect's uncle saw the car on Fort Weaver Road an hour later and called police. Officers arrested the boy on suspicion of car theft.
Attack on boy leads to arrest of 3
Police arrested two boys and an 18-year-old man who allegedly attacked a boy in Waipahu.
Police said the victim was jumped by the suspects at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and rendered unconscious.
They later found and arrested the suspects for investigation of second-degree assault. Police did not release the boys' ages.
Man arrested in pool hall fight
Police arrested a 49-year-old man who allegedly hit another man with a pool cue.
The suspect and a 26-year-old man were arguing at a pool hall on Kapahulu Avenue at about 10 p.m. Tuesday when the older man hit the younger man with the cue, police said.
The suspect was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault, and the victim checked himself into a nearby hospital for treatment, police said.
Missing inmate caught at job site
A 30-year-old inmate who failed to return on time to a work furlough program was captured Wednesday.
Cory Wong-Yuen was caught when he went to pick up personal effects at his workplace, a business on Puuhale Road, at 10:30 a.m. yesterday, the Department of Public Safety said.
The company notified Oahu Community Correctional Facility that he was coming by, and adult corrections officers were there to arrest him.
Wong-Yuen failed to return to the Laumaka Work Furlough Center at 4 p.m. Sunday. He had been serving time for third-degree promotion of dangerous drugs and now faces a charge for second-degree escape.
Reward offered for return of quilt
A reward is being offered for the recovery of a Hawaiian quilt taken during a burglary at a home in Waipunalei near Laupahoehoe, on the Big Island's Hamakua Coast.
The house was broken into between 4 p.m. Friday and noon Monday, police said. The quilt is described as a red and white, king size, with lily designs. Also taken from the house was a classical guitar made in Argentina with a carving of a head on it.
Anyone with information is asked to call Big Island police at 962-2120 or 935-3311.
3 Maui firefighters raised to captain
The Maui Fire Department has promoted three apparatus operators to captain.
Kaimiola Andrade, Lee Mainaga and Rory Macadangdang have 16, 17 and 18 years of service with the department, respectively. The promotions took effect April 16.