Whales go farther north in isles
Humpback whales have been documented wintering farther north in the Hawaiian Islands than was previously known, according to findings published last week in the journal Endangered Species Research.
Dave Johnston and colleagues observed humpback whales in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands during a research cruise in March, according to a release from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
"It was quite surprising actually," said Johnston, who is a marine mammal researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu. "Whenever we surveyed in shallow waters, we found humpback whales."
Scientists observed small calves accompanying some whales, as well as whale behaviors associated with breeding, monument officials said. Before Johnston's study, it was believed humpbacks wintered only in the main Hawaiian islands.
"This is a significant find," said David Mattila, science coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which encompasses waters around the main Hawaiian Islands.
Airport aid earns 5 people praise
Five people were honored Friday for helping to revive a passenger who went under cardiac arrest at the airport.
Two physicians who were traveling at the time -- Jonathon Duca and Nannette Duca-Cruz -- and three American Airlines employees -- Bert Martinson, Walter Matsuoka and Dennis Nakachi -- helped revive a 76-year-old man on Sept. 8 using a heart defibrillator installed at the airport.
The man went into cardiac arrest at the Honolulu International Airport's overseas baggage claim area. The man is recovering after the five helped administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and retrieved the defibrillator.
This is the third time in three months that the airport defibrillators, recently installed, have been used to revive cardiac arrest victims. The other two occurred in July at the Honolulu and Kapalua airports. The state Department of Transportation installed 100 defibrillators in January at all state airports.
Event celebrates hunting, fishing
A "Wild West" target shooting demonstration and hands-on archery and flycasting lessons are among the offerings Saturday and next Sunday at the 36th Annual Hawaii Hunting and Fishing Days.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the Koko Head public shooting range.
Activities for children include archery and flycasting. Adults may participate in supervised firearm shooting. Activity coupons can be obtained for $1 or a donation of food to the Hawaii Food Bank.
At 1 p.m. Sunday there will be a "Wild West" target shootout challenge between the Hawaii Metallic Silhouette Shooters Association and the Single Action Shooters of Hawaii.
"Hunters and anglers were among the first to recognize, nearly a century ago, that the privileges of hunting and fishing carry the additional responsibility of conserving our state's natural and wildlife resources," DLNR Interim Director Laura Thielen said.
Last year the Hunting and Fishing Day raised 2,500 pounds of food contributions and $1,443 for the Hawaii Food Bank.
For more information about free Hunter Education classes, go to www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dcre/home.htm or call 587-0200.
Koko Head shooting range is on the Kalanianaole Highway, the first left driveway past Hanauma Bay when driving toward Waimanalo.
Police, Fire, Courts
Men accuse each other of assault
Police arrested two men who accused each other of assault during a verbal argument in Mililani yesterday morning.
Just after midnight, two men, ages 23 and 34, were involved in an argument at the younger man's home on Hakupokano Loop. The younger man then allegedly brandished a knife and cut the other man's hip.
The 34-year-old then retaliated by allegedly assaulting his attacker and fracturing his nose. Both men were booked on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Police suspect attempted murder
Police detectives have opened an attempted murder case after a 38-year-old man was stabbed in Kalihi early yesterday morning.
About 5:15 a.m., the victim said he left his Kuhio Park Terrace home to smoke a cigarette when he was allegedly attacked by four men not known to him.
Police said one of the men had a knife, and allegedly stabbed the man in the back four times. Police said there may have been an argument before the alleged attack.
The man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. The suspects fled, and police did not have a description of the suspects. The men are wanted for attempted second-degree murder.
Man arrested over attack in Kaimuki
A 32-year-old man was arrested after two alleged assaults on a woman he lives with in Kaimuki.
On Wednesday, the two were involved in an argument that led to the suspect allegedly choking, punching and kicking the 47-year-old woman. Police said the victim attempted to report the incident to emergency dispatch, but the call was interrupted when the man allegedly unplugged the telephone.
The victim was able to call 911 later, but the suspect fled their 2nd Avenue home in Kaimuki before police arrived.
On Friday, police said the suspect allegedly punched the woman again during an argument. When police arrived, they were aware of the previous abuse case and arrested the man on suspicion of household abuse as a misdemeanor and a felony. They also charged him with interference in reporting an emergency or crime.
Boy surrenders over sex assault
Police are investigating a case in which a 7-year-old girl reporting she was sexually assaulted by a teenage boy.
The 14-year-old suspect and the girl are neighbors in Kailua. The girl reported that she was sexually assaulted by the boy on July 26 and Aug. 14. Police contacted the boy, who later turned himself in to police. He was booked on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault, but was released pending further investigation.
Agencies clean up 1,060 pot plants
In two days, law enforcement officials recovered 1,060 marijuana plants across Kauai., according to a county news release.
The pot sweep took place Wednesday and Thursday, and was a collaboration of various agencies, including the Kauai Police Department, Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Kauai authorities seek 52-year-old
Kauai police are asking for help in finding a woman missing since Sept. 5.
Dallvyne Gandia, 52, was reported missing on Sept. 9. She is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. Police said she frequently wears her hair in a bun, has a dark complexion and slim build.
Anyone with information about her is asked to call police at 241-1711, 341-1696 or Crime Stoppers at 241-1887.
Boy, grandmother missing on Maui
Maui police need help in finding a 4-year-old boy and his grandmother in a custodial interference case.
Police said Isaiah K. Scott-Rosa was last seen on Tuesday when his 62-year-old grandmother, Rose Marie Scott, picked him up from school. Police said family members are concerned about their welfare, because the grandmother has not contacted anyone in the family of their whereabouts. Neighbors have reported seeing her at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday in the Makawao area.
Police declined to release further details on the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Maui police at 244-6400.
Big Island man and his kids missing
Big Island police are asking for help in finding a father and his two children.
The mother reported that the father, 30-year-old Kanoa Ignacio of West Hawaii, had agreed to return their son and daughter to her Tuesday but didn't.
The children are Payvyn Kaleo-Ignacio, 3, and Sayler Kaleo-Ignacio, 4. Police ask anyone with information to call 935-3311.