Earthquake does no damage
A magnitude-4.2 earthquake shook the Big Island yesterday, but no damage was immediately reported.
The earthquake occurred at 6:57 p.m. and was located 10 miles south of Fern Forest and 26 miles south of Hilo. It was 5.7 miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
It was not strong enough to cause a tsunami. "It's well below the magnitude required to generate one," said Stuart Koyanagi, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Hilo police officers went to beaches and areas along the coast to check for damage but reported everything was OK, with no power surges. No one called for assistance in connection with the earthquake, an officer said.
The earthquake was in the same area as the last significant earthquake in Hawaii: a magnitude-5.4 quake on Aug. 13, 10 miles south-southeast of Fern Forest and 25 miles south of Hilo.
Missile-killer test set for tonight
A test of the ballistic missile defense system that had been scheduled for Wednesday was postponed and rescheduled for tonight, U.S. Missile Defense Agency officials said.
The test, set for Wednesday night, suffered from "equipment issues" that kept pushing back the launch, Pam Rogers, spokeswoman for the Missile Defense Agency, said yesterday.
Everything is expected to be fixed by tonight, Rogers added.
The test of the Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system is the third such test of the system on Kauai, and the last using a single-piece rocket, officials said this week.
The mobile THAAD system is expected to be deployed by 2010 after a number of tests in the coming years.
H-2 trees replaced, lanes closed
The state Department of Transportation planted 53 trees along the H-2 freeway this week, replacing albizia trees removed this summer.
Department officials also said that lanes in both directions of H-2 will be closed today for tree trimming and landscaping.
Crews planted trees 20 monkeypod trees, 26 native Hawaiian kou trees and seven crepe myrtle trees along the mauka direction of H-2 from Pineapple Road to the Mililani Mauka offramp at a cost of $30,000, according to a department news release. A private contractor will maintain the trees for 60 days before transferring ownership to the state.
Environmental group Outdoor Circle met with transportation officials to discuss the type of trees to plant in place of the albizia trees that were removed for safety issues.
Along H-2, some lanes will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Crews will close the right lane in the northbound direction from Pineapple Road to the Mililani Mauka offramp and the right lane in the southbound direction from Wahiawa to the Mililani offramp. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area, the release said.
Kalakaua birthday bash is Nov. 17
The public is invited to attend a free ceremony honoring the 171st birthday of King David Kalakaua on Nov. 14 at King Kalakaua Park in Waikiki, city officials said.
The ceremony is scheduled to run from 10 to 11 a.m. in front of the King Kalakaua statue at the intersection of Kalakaua and Kuhio avenues. It will kick off a weekend of hula at the International Waikiki Hula Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.
The Free and Accepted Masons of Hawaii and the Lodge Le Progres de I'Oceanie will present the ceremony with support from the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts. For more information call 523-4674.
Police, Fire, Courts
Motorcycle crash injures driver, 26
A 26-year-old male motorcyclist was in critical condition after a crash in Nanakuli with a car last night.
The accident occurred at 9:07 p.m. near Farrington Highway and Lualualei Naval Road, according to police dispatch.
Traffic investigators were responding to the accident. Further details were unavailable at press time.
He was taken by ambulance to the Queen's Medical Center.
Police seek clues in home invasion
Police need help in finding two suspects in a home invasion robbery last month.
At about 11:40 a.m. Sept. 4, a couple returned to their Foster Village home and confronted two men in their home. One of the suspects allegedly grabbed the woman's purse and slammed her into the wall. The husband tried to intervene and was pushed into a night stand, police said.
The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of items and money. One of the suspects is described as a man between ages 18 and 25, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 160 to 190 pounds. He was wearing a silver studded earring on his right ear and had beige gloves.
The second suspect is about the same age, up to 5 feet 8 inches tall, and he was wearing a red T-shirt, a hat and had a earring in his left ear. Police provided a composite sketch of the second suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
Fight over woman leads to stabbing
A 21-year-old man was hospitalized in critical but stable condition early yesterday after he was stabbed during a fight over a woman, police said.
The suspect, a 25-year-old McCully man, was going to nightclubs in Waikiki with his girlfriend. The victim, who is the woman's ex-boyfriend, ran into the pair, became upset and challenged the suspect to a fight, police said.
Police said the victim brandished a knife but dropped it during the fight. The suspect took the knife, and the pair left to go to the woman's home.
Police said the victim made threatening phone calls to the woman and showed up at her house at about 1:45 a.m., challenging the suspect to another fight.
The suspect then stabbed the victim with the victim's knife, police said. The victim flagged down police at Dominis and Keeaumoku streets in Makiki and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center.
The suspect was arrested at his Makiki home.
Boyfriend arrested in woman's beating
Police arrested a 45-year-old man who allegedly beat his girlfriend with a metal object.
Early Monday a 44-year-old woman reported to police that she had been hit by her boyfriend with what appeared to be a metal flashlight. Police said she suffered lacerations to her head.
The suspect fled their Kalihi home before police arrived, and returned Wednesday evening. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Woman dies after motorcycle crash
A 55-year-old Naalehu woman who was a passenger on a motorcycle that crashed Oct. 13 died Wednesday night, Big Island police said.
Su Mei Billman died at the Queen's Medical Center, police said. She was riding with Edward Billman on a Harley-Davidson when they were struck by a pickup truck making a left turn in front of the motorcycle on Hawaii Belt Road, police said. Edward Billman, 55, also died in the crash.
The driver of the truck was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide.