Annual book sale starts June 30
The Friends of the Library of Hawaii is holding its 60th annual book sale from June 30 to July 8 at McKinley High School.
More than 100,000 books will be on sale -- including cookbooks, romance novels, mysteries, science fiction, children's books and out-of-print Hawaiian books -- and many are less than $1 each.
Members are invited to a special preview sale from 5 to 8 p.m. June 29. Anyone may become a member.
The hours for the book sale are:
» June 30 and July 1: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
» July 2, 3 and 5: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
» July 6 and 7: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
» July 8: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chinese toothpaste poses risks
Dispose of all toothpaste that is made in China and use only toothpaste that has the American Dental Association's "Seal of Acceptance," the Hawaii Dental Association said in a news release.
HDA's warning came about a week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against using toothpaste from China because it may contain diethylene glycol, a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze.
Hawaii's proximity to Asia could mean such items may enter Hawaii as gifts or travel items, said Carl Kobayashi, president of the HDA.
Bail cut for 3 murder suspects
SAN DIEGO » A state judge has reduced bail for three of four men charged with murder in the fatal beating of a Hawaii pro surfer.
Emery Kauanui Jr., 24, of Anahola on Kauai, died May 28 after he was beaten in the upscale La Jolla area of San Diego.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Fraser cut bail amounts Thursday to range from $1.2 million to $2 million for three defendants who remain in county jail. The men had been held on bail amounts ranging from $1.5 million to $2.5 million. A fourth man was free on $1 million bond.
Defense attorneys argued for much lower bail amounts, citing their clients' strong ties to the community, family support and lack of criminal history.
Prosecutors have said in court that the men, allegedly part of a group called the Bird Rock Bandits, punched and kicked Kauanui on May 24 after an argument at a local pub and left him bleeding outside the home where he lived with his mother. He died from brain injuries four days later.
All four men face possible life sentences if convicted.
TV film looks at exploration
"What's Up in the Universe?," a one-hour film on exploration from Polynesian voyagers to outer space, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Drive. It will also be broadcast on Hawaii Public Television on July 14.*
The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy and PBS Hawaii are presenting the program.
Astronomer Brent Tully is executive producer of the film, which begins with Polynesian wayfinding and includes travels to the moon and solar system and the search for habitable planets.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
» "What's Up in the Universe?" - a one-hour film on exploration from Polynesian voyagers to outer space - will be shown at 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Drive. It will be broadcast by PBS Hawaii on July 14. A newswatch item on Page A3 on Monday incorrectly said the program would air on PBS on June 20.
Police, Fire, Courts
1 dead, baby hurt in Maui car crash
A man died and a baby was injured yesterday in a head-on crash of two vehicles in Kihei on Maui, county officials said.
The accident occurred on Piilani Highway between Alanui Ke Alii Road and Keonekai Street about 4:50 p.m.
Police closed Piilani in both directions for more than three hours to investigate, said Mahina Martin, Maui County spokeswoman.
The baby was flown to a hospital on Oahu, Martin said.
Further details were not available after 9 last night.
Man hurt in morning shooting
Two Waianae men were arrested yesterday after an early morning shooting at Pililaau Community Park that left one man in stable condition with a bullet wound to his abdomen.
About 4:30 a.m., a sport utility vehicle drove up to a group of people in the park after a graduation party, police said. They started arguing and a 21-year-old Waianae man fired two shots into the air with a .22-caliber gun. People from the other group started throwing bottles at him and the car.
The man then fired several shots into the crowd, hitting a 24-year-old man once in the abdomen. He was in the Queen's Medical Center in stable condition, police said.
Police say another man, a 25-year-old Waianae man, was the getaway driver who picked up the alleged shooter, and they both fled the scene.
A little while later, police located the car nearby and arrested the two men on Alohiki Street, in front of the alleged shooter's home. They were arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault.
Girl OK after wind sets bouncer to sea
The 2-year-old girl taken to the hospital after an inflatable bouncer flew into the ocean Saturday was released yesterday with a few bumps on her head and was playing again at Maili Beach Park yesterday.
Inez Hatori and her cousin, 5-year-old Jonah Hatori, were playing on an inflatable bouncer at a family barbecue at Maili Beach Park on Saturday morning. Suddenly, around 10:45 a.m., a strong gust of wind swept the bouncer into the ocean.
"A smoke tunnel came, picked it up and threw it out to sea, about 50 yards in," Manuel Hatori, 29, Jonah's father, said yesterday. "I still cannot believe it happened."
Jonah fell out, but Inez was taken out to sea. The adults immediately dove into the ocean -- including one good Samaritan whose name was never given -- and rescued her. She was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.
The family continued its barbecue yesterday, same place, same people, minus the inflatable bouncer.
Motorcycle crash kills Wahiawa man
A 67-year-old Wahiawa man died Saturday night after he was ejected from his motorcycle when it collided with another motorcycle in Wahiawa.
Police say John Ligsay Sr. was traveling eastbound alongside another motorcycle around 10:40 p.m. on Wilikina Drive when they apparently crashed into each other near Lake View Circle.
Ligsay's motorcycle, a silver and blue 2004 Harley Davidson, overturned and he was thrown off the bike. The second motorcycle, driven by a 63-year-old Ewa Beach man, may have struck Ligsay before the bike overturned, police said.
Ligsay was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead. The Ewa Beach man was treated for minor injuries and was released.
Police say speed was a factor in the crash, though they do not know yet if alcohol or drugs played a role. The men were not wearing helmets, they said.
This is the 36th traffic fatality this year compared with 44 at this time in 2006.
Investigation finds house fire was set
Fire investigators yesterday confirmed that a blaze that damaged the master bedroom of a Kaahumanu Homes apartment in Kalihi on Saturday morning had been "maliciously set."
The arson case has been turned over to the Honolulu Police Department, said fire Capt. Earle Kealoha.
According to police and fire officials, a neighbor had heard the tenants arguing, and saw a man jumping out of a window and fleeing before the fire started.
Firefighters responded to the 8:15 a.m. call at 802 Waiakamilo Road, Apartment F, and had the blaze extinguished 15 minutes later. Kealoha said the exact cause is being investigated, though police earlier said a possible cause was a propane torch that ignited bedding.
Man arrested after attack with wood
Police arrested a 23-year-old Hawaii Kai man Saturday after he allegedly broke a man's nose with a piece of lumber.
About 12:20 a.m., the man struck a 35-year-old man in the face with the lumber on Keahole Street, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
While being transported, the man allegedly spat on the officer's uniform and was also arrested on investigation of harassing a police officer.