Shadowless season to begin
It's Lahaina Noon season starting Wednesday. That's when the sun reaches the top of the sky, a phenomenon that occurs only in the tropics.
Flagpoles, telephone poles and other straight, tall objects cast no shadows during Lahaina Noon, which is a bit of a misnomer. It occurs not just in Lahaina, but statewide and rarely right at noon.
The dates range from Wednesday to July 25, depending on the isle location, said Carolyn Kaichi, Bishop Museum Planetarium manager. In Honolulu, Lahaina Noon will occur at 12:37 p.m. July 16.
Funds for filmmakers available
Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is accepting requests for funding from independent filmmakers during its 15th annual Media Fund Open Call.
PIC is looking for "authentic, well-told stories about the Pacific and what it means to be a Pacific Islander," according to a release. Community filmmakers should submit proposals for public television projects by Friday.
More than $200,000 in funding will be awarded to independent producers or entities producing television, film or video programming on this subject. Awards up to $15,000 will be given to projects in the research and development stage, and awards up to $50,000 to those in the production and completion stages.
Proposals should include a compelling story, concept or treatment; great storytelling; a good hook; an experienced production team; a reasonable, factual budget; and a solid sample, the announcement said.
Applicants must be at least 18 and citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories. For more information, visit www.piccom.org or contact Shane Seggar at email@example.com or 591-0059.
Kauai park projects begin work
WAILUA, Kauai » The Department of Land and Natural Resources will start construction today at two locations along Wailua River State Park.
Using a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, a contractor for the DLNR will begin roadway and parking improvements at the Wailua Marina State Park.
The marina and docks will remain open, but traffic entering and exiting the marina will be affected, DLNR officials said. The cost for the project is $362,930.
Another contractor for the DLNR will begin improvements to the Opaekaa Falls Lookout. Plans include the construction of a comfort station with new features, sewer system improvements and accessible water fountains, a picnic table and pathway improvements.
Police, Fire, Courts
Big Island man dies in crash
An 84-year-old Hamakua man died Saturday morning while making a U-turn when a pickup truck struck his car on Hawaii Belt Road.
The man was identified as William L. Ferreira. Before 8:40 a.m. he was driving on the Hilo-bound shoulder lane of the highway when he made a U-turn to go back in the Waimea direction when a pickup truck traveling east slammed into him.
Ferreira as taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he died at 12:43 p.m.
The pickup driver, a 44-year-old Waimea man, was not injured. Both men were wearing seat belts. Police do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.
Ferreira is the 17th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared with 18 at this time in 2006.
Second charge in Waialua knifing
Police charged yesterday the second of two men in the attempted murder of a man found stabbed in Waialua on June 22.
Steven R. Bihag, 36, of Wahiawa is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a court appearance today.
Two others were also arrested and released in connection with the stabbing of a 32-year-old man found in the bushes of an undeveloped area of Cane Haul Road in Waialua. A man walking in the area found the victim and drove him to the Waialua fire station.
Thomas Lee Manijo, 45, was also charged with attempted murder last week.
Firefighters battle 2 small brush fires
Honolulu firefighters extinguished two relatively small brush fires that briefly threatened several nearby homes yesterday afternoon.
In Pearl City, firefighters from three engines and one tanker were called to a brush fire on Kuala Street near Wal-Mart at 12:20 p.m., said Fire Capt. Robert Main. The fire, which burned two acres of a vacant lot, did get close to three or four homes, Main said, but firefighters were able to contain it before it posed any serious threat.
The brush fire was under control by 12:49 p.m. and extinguished at 1:37 p.m.
In Kalaeloa, firefighters from four engines, one brush truck and two tankers responded to a 1:47 p.m. alarm between Bougainville Avenue and Coral Sea Road, Main said. Twenty minutes later the blaze, which burned one acre, was under control and extinguished at 2:39 p.m.
Water main break affects Kalihi area
A 16-inch water main break shut down water to 10 to 15 Kalihi residents and closed North School Street yesterday.
At 2:25 p.m. a main in the area of 2251 N. School St. broke, said Board of Water Supply spokeswoman Moani Wright-Van Alsp.
Crews had to shut down the water lines to repair the main, also cutting off water to Kalihi and Kalihi Valley residents, Wright-Van Alsp said.
Firefighters helped mop up a church at 1545 Kamehameha IV Road that had some water damage because of the break, said Fire Capt. Robert Main.
Teen is rescued after fall off trail
A 16-year-old boy was rescued by firefighters yesterday after he fell about 20 feet off the Makapuu trail.
The boy was returning from the tide pool area with three friends before the fall, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Robert Main. The boy landed on a rocky area below.
Firefighters received the call at about 5:35 p.m. and responded with a ladder truck, rescue crew and helicopter. Helicopter Air One airlifted the boy, transferring him in the parking lot to paramedics, who took him to the Queen's Medical Center in unknown condition at about 6:20 p.m.