Leeward water main under repair
The Board of Water Supply is asking Leeward Coast residents to use water sparingly today through 6 p.m. while its crews repair a leaking water main.
Farrington Highway's town-bound lane closest to the medial strip will remain closed while crews repair the water main, while the other lane and the Nanakuli-bound lanes remain open.
Residents from Nanakuli to Makaha are asked to use water for priority needs only: cooking, drinking and personal hygiene. They should refrain from doing laundry, watering lawns and gardens or washing cars.
The leaking 24-inch water main is in the center medial strip on Farrington Highway near the Kahe Power Plant.
The transmission line supplies 60 percent of the water going to the Leeward Coast. The leak was reported midafternoon Wednesday.
Government officials plan forum
Government administrators, legislators and community advocates will hold a forum to discuss legislative issues at noon Monday during a Kokua Council meeting.
The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Harris United Methodist Church, Nuuanu Avenue and South Vineyard Boulevard.
Topics before the panel will include campaign reform, caregiver support, affordable housing, elder abuse, the Hawaii RX program and long-term care. Lunch will be available for a $5 donation.
UH highlights Earth sciences
"Ocean Depths to Outer Space" is the theme for the ninth biennial open house today and tomorrow at the University of Hawaii's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.
About 4,000 students were expected to visit the science facilities today at the Pacific Ocean Science & Technology Building, Marine Science Building and Hawaii Institute of Geophysics.
The public is invited to the open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Scientists and technicians are putting on interactive demonstrations, videos, poster presentations, laboratory tours, state-of-the-art computer animation, high-tech equipment displays and creative learning activities.
Workshops focus on septic tanks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a series of free workshops statewide next month on proper septic system installation and management.
The workshops are on Nov. 7 in Honolulu, Nov. 9 in Lihue, Nov. 13 in Wailuku and Nov. 15 in Hilo.
To register or to request an informational brochure, call Amber Marriott at (703) 385-6000 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The state Department of Health estimates there are more than 170,000 individual waste-water systems in the state, the vast majority of them cesspools. The state expects many will be converted to septic systems because of the recent EPA ban on large-capacity cesspools.
Police, Fire, Courts
Police seek missing woman
Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 40-year-old woman missing since Saturday.
Police are looking for Angela Rodriguez. She was last seen by her roommate, who dropped her off for work in Kakaako at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Rodriguez is described as Caucasian, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue tank top and blue denim pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Robber holds up Kapahulu bank
Police were looking for a man in his late 20s to early 30s who allegedly robbed a Kapahulu bank yesterday afternoon.
The robbery occurred 2:35 p.m. at First Hawaiian Bank at 404 Kapahulu Ave.
Police said the man entered the bank and allegedly demanded money from a teller, who complied. The man then fled with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
Police said the suspect is described as 6 feet, 160 pounds, with a dark complexion and was last seen wearing a white shirt.
A witness to the robbery reportedly got into a red convertible and followed the man to Paokalani Avenue, until police stopped the red car. The suspect then got out of his vehicle and fled on foot toward Ala Wai Golf Course.
Police were unable to apprehend the suspect yesterday.
Youths stopped in stolen car
Police arrested three girls and a boy who were in a stolen car early yesterday.
Police said that at about 1:15 a.m. a patrol officer saw a car with its headlights off being driven in Waikiki. Police said the car also had an expired sticker and had been reported stolen.
The driver, a 16-year-old girl, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft. Her passengers, two girls ages 16 and 12, and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a vehicle.
Man, 39, accused of sexual assaults
Authorities charged a Waikiki man yesterday with three counts of third-degree sexual assault yesterday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl and a 40-year-old woman in Waikiki.
Police arrested 39-year-old Yoon Sung Hwang at 6:36 a.m. yesterday at his home at 469 Ena Road on suspicion of kidnapping and three counts of third-degree sexual assault.
The two females were acquaintances of the man, who allegedly sexually assaulted them on Sept. 9 and 20.
He was charged yesterday evening. Bail was set at $75,000.
Cigarette blamed for garage fire
Fire investigators determined that a garage fire on Tuesday was started by a discarded cigarette.
At about 4:35 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire at a Koanimakani Street home in Kapolei. Three engines, a ladder and a battalion chief responded to a fire that caused about $30,000 in damage to a garage and its contents.
The investigator determined that a couch in the garage was ignited by a discarded cigarette. The fire was extinguished 10 minutes after firefighters arrived.