Surf-related science event set
"Cowabunga! Surf-stoked Science" will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Bishop Museum by Pat Caldwell, surfer and data librarian with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Admission is free for the presentation in the Science Cafe, the museum's new science program in the Watumull Planetarium's Cooke Rotunda.
Caldwell, NOAA Data Center Hawaii liaison, began surfing at age 13 off South Carolina beaches, a passion that led to meteorology studies at Florida State University to predict the best surf conditions.
He came to Hawaii in 1987 and began day-to-day surf forecasting by phone, e-mail, then the Internet. He has collaborated with the National Weather Service since 2002 to produce detailed Oahu surf forecasts.
Space is limited. Call 847-8203 for reservations.
For more information, call (808) 847-3511 or see www.bishopmuseum.org.
The Science Cafe is sponsored by NOAA's Office of Education in partnership with the NOAA Pacific Services Center's B-WET Hawaii Program.
Bishop Museum to view eclipse
The Bishop Museum is inviting the public to view the Aug. 27 lunar eclipse through telescopes from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Members of the Hawaiian Astronomical Society will be on hand to assist. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, call 847-3511.
The last time Hawaii experienced a total lunar eclipse was in 2003.
EPA seeks nominations for award
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting nominations for its 2007 Water Efficiency Leader Awards until Aug. 17.
The awards recognize organizations and individuals that demonstrate leadership and innovation in water-efficient products and practices, the EPA said in a news release. Winners will be chosen by a panel of national water experts and based on three criteria: leadership, innovation and water saved.
For more information, contact Bob Rose at email@example.com or see www.epa.gov/water/wel/2007_application_process.html.
Agency offers new fish Web site
A new federal Web site offers consumers up-to-date information about the safety, quality and sustainability of the seafood they eat.
FishWatch, at www.fishwatch.noaa.gov, has information on more than 30 of the most popular seafood species, with more to be added in the near future, the federal agency announced.
» Details on supply information such as population strength and status.
» Consumer information such as fat and vitamin content.
» Economic information, such as where seafood comes from and how much money it brings to the economy.
"This guide brings accurate fish information available to your seafood market, and it allows consumers to make informed decisions about purchasing seafood," Bill Hogarth, National Marine Fisheries Service director, said in a release. The agency is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Police, Fire, Courts
Vehicle kills Big Isle pedestrian
A 49-year-old Kona man died of injuries yesterday after being struck by a 1999 Dodge on Queen Kaahumanu Highway near the 92-mile marker.
The pedestrian was identified as Lazarus Tauwi of Kailua-Kona.
Kona police determined that Tauwi was crossing the highway to the east when he was struck by a vehicle operated by a 45-year-old Waimea man. The accident was reported at 2:10 a.m., and Tauwi was transported to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:55 a.m.
Police believe that speed and alcohol were not involved, but that the pedestrian had been drinking earlier in the evening. Traffic officers are now investigating the incident as a negligent homicide.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Officer Marvin Troutman at (808) 326-4646.
This is the 21st Big Island traffic fatality this year, compared with 20 at the same time last year.
Round Top man charged in robbery
Police charged a 33-year-old man yesterday afternoon who allegedly forced a 30-year-old man into a vehicle in June and robbed him.
Opherro G. Jones of Round Top Drive was charged with first-degree robbery. His bail was set at $100,000.
On June 15, Jones forced the victim into a vehicle, robbed him and kidnapped him, police said. Police dropped the kidnapping charge. While reporting the incident, the victim picked Jones out of a photo lineup.
Heist of gamblers leads to charges
The robbery of a gambling operation in a Kalihi carport has led to charges against a man, 23.
Nalu A. Kamaka was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly robbed five people at gunpoint Thursday night. He was charged Saturday with seven counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $50,000.
Police said Kamaka and another suspect, who has not been located, walked up to the carport of a Kalihi house where people were gambling at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The unnamed suspect, 25, pulled out a pistol and demanded that the victims empty their pockets. Kamaka collected the money and cell phones from five victims, while four victims had no property, police said. The unnamed suspect fired multiple shots into the air as the pair fled, police said.
Kamaka was located on Likini Street in Salt Lake and arrested at 3:05 a.m. Friday.