Suit targets Rain over no-show
Rain may go away, but he's unlikely to come back another day. The Korean and Honolulu businessmen who promoted a scuttled Aloha Stadium concert for the K-pop superstar have decided to sue him for not appearing.
Also to be named in the suit are Rain's managers, JYP Entertainment and Star(M), and the American tour promoter, Revolution. According to investor Sung Up Park of Big Band of Korea, the group intends to secure the services of Honolulu attorney Eric Seitz.
"We're suing because Rain never planned to come here for a concert in the first place," Park said. "Ticketmaster alone sold 4,569 tickets, all of which had to be refunded."
The primary local litigant is Click Entertainment, which, Park said, has bills amounting to nearly $1 million preparing for the show. "Click president (Seung Su) Lee is so upset about this he's having a hard time speaking about it."
Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, is also in trademark litigation with an American Beatles tribute band of the same name. He is supposed to start filming his Hollywood debut in "Speed Racer" next week.
Mid-Pac chooses new principal
Mid-Pacific Institute Middle School has hired Dwayne Priester, assistant headmaster at a Big Island private school, as its principal.
Priester will leave Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea in July to head Mid-Pacific's middle school in Manoa Valley, the school announced yesterday.
The school chose Priester after an extensive statewide and national search, said Mid-Pacific President Joe Rice.
"The No. 1 message I received from his references was that students and teachers love him," Rice said. "Now that's a fabulous endorsement."
Prior to his job at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Priester was principal of Fremont Junior High School in Mesa, Ariz. He has worked as a professor at Northern Arizona University and taught history and social studies courses in public schools.
Priester earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of North Carolina. He has a master's and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and Nova Southeastern University, Fla., respectively.
Waste violations net $10,000 fine
Contractor RHS Lee Inc. has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for federal hazardous-waste violations at its Pearl City facility.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discovered the violations during a routine inspection in May 2004.
The EPA said RHS Lee failed to make a proper determination of its hazardous waste, respond to a release of used oil, and store used oil in compliance with spill prevention regulations. Inspectors also found used batteries were not properly managed, stored or labeled and kept longer than allowed.
RHS Lee specializes in grading, site preparation, excavation, demolition and trucking.
Boat delays missile defense test
BARKING SANDS, Kauai » The Missile Defense Agency postponed the test of the Navy's Aegis ballistic missile defense system yesterday when a boat went into the range near the Pacific Missile Range Facility.
Because the range could not be cleared in time, MDA officials decided to postpone the test for safety reasons, they said. The test was rescheduled for today.
The test, the 11th of the Aegis system, will use a Navy destroyer to target and destroy a dummy missile launched from Barking Sands. A Spanish frigate and the U.S. Army's mobile missile defense radar already at PMRF will also track the missile and provide support.
So far, eight of 10 Aegis tests have been successful, Navy officials said.
Coming this weekend in your Star-Bulletin:
The stunt business is a specialized trade full of tricks, secrets and plenty of hard labor. Stunt people are actors first, but they also must stay physically fit, plan carefully, pay close attention to every detail, know their limitations and avoid taking foolish chances.
Hawaii: A mother, daughter and niece who once never considered teaching as a career ended up making a living educating public school students from Waianae to Kaneohe. Now, this family of teachers says nothing -- even a dream job as a flight attendant -- could have been more rewarding.
Business: Increasingly more visitors to Hawaii want to soak in culture along with the sun and, as a result, a cultural resurgence is taking place that can be seen in the architecture and design of the state's visitor industry.
Police, Fire, Courts
Husband arrested in stabbing death
Police arrested a 62-year-old Kalihi man after he was released from the Queen's Medical Center yesterday afternoon for the June 13 stabbing death of his 63-year-old wife, Liwliwa Saoit Barayuga.
Victorio Barayuga was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a family member in their Akina Street home found him with a wound to his upper body and his wrists slashed, police said.
Barayuga's wife died of a single stab wound to the chest.
Police arrested Barayuga on suspicion of second-degree murder.
Threats to family bring son's arrest
A 28-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, two days after he allegedly threatened his family while under the influence of crystal methamphetamine.
The suspect went to his Kalihi home about 5 a.m. Monday and appeared to be high on "ice." The suspect began to argue with his 50-year-old mother, and his 23-year-old sister called 911.
The suspect allegedly held a knife to his mother's neck and threatened to kill her and his sister. The suspect fled before police arrived. When he returned home yesterday, police arrested him on two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Man arrested in car break-in
A 28-year-old man was arrested after being seen running from a car break-in in Honolulu.
A 51-year-old man went shopping Wednesday on Kaheka Street, returning to his car about 4 p.m.
He saw the suspect running from his vehicle, then discovered his car was broken into and flagged down nearby officers.
The suspect was stopped in his vehicle and arrested on suspicion of first-degree unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle.
Credit card use leads to arrest
Police charged a 56-year-old man who allegedly tried to buy items at Ala Moana Center using someone else's credit card.
Police said James Radack tried to use the card at 9 a.m. Sunday, but a store employee became suspicious and called police.
Police charged Radack on Monday with fraudulent use of a credit card, unauthorized possession of personal information, second-degree identity theft and second-degree forgery. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Big Island fire burns on ranch
Big Island firefighters battled a 300-acre brush fire on ranch land in Waikoloa yesterday.
The fire was reported at 3:15 p.m. makai of Highway 190 between the 7-mile marker and 9-mile marker.
Police closed Kaiminani Street to Saddle Road and Paniolo Drive to Highway 190 while firefighters fought the blaze.
Two helicopters, five engines, three tankers and other vehicles were called in to fight the fire.
Police launch hunt for missing teens
Big Island police are asking for help in locating two missing teens.
Krystina Hacoba, 16, has been missing from her Mountain View residence since June 11. She is 5-foot, 1-inch tall, about 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Kylin Josue, 13, has also been also missing since June 11, and also is from the Mountain View area. She is described as 5-foot, 2-inches, about 105 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 935-3311.
Husband arrested in domestic spat
Police arrested a 45-year-old man after he allegedly threatened his wife with a knife.
About 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a 49-year-old woman reported that her husband threatened her with a knife at their Pearl City home.
The man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Woman allegedly seized man's bag
Police arrested a 24-year-old woman for allegedly trying to take a man's bag in Waikiki.
About 10:30 Tuesday night, the woman approached a 30-year-old man and grabbed his bag, police said.
The two struggled for the bag as a patrol officer pulled up, police said.
The officer arrested the woman on suspicion of second-degree robbery.