Archaeological sites on display
Anthropologist Paul Brennan and archaeologist Martha Yent will lead a tour of Kawainui Marsh archaeological features on Saturday, including the Ulupo Heiau complex, Na Pohaku o Hauwahine and Pahukini Heiau.
The four-hour tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and is by reservation, with a $5 donation requested. For reservations contact Kaimi Scudder at 593-0112 or Malia Bird Helela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee's judicial bid reportedly fails
Circuit Judge Randal Lee is not expected to be confirmed to an associate judgeship on the Intermediate Court of Appeals, according to Senate President Colleen Hanabusa.
The Lee nomination has been controversial in the Senate because of testimony against the judge and a split recommendation from the Hawaii Bar Association.
Hanabusa said earlier yesterday that the vote was expected to be close, but she said last night that there was not enough support for the former deputy prosecutor's confirmation.
A last-minute lobbying campaign by Gov. Linda Lingle and Attorney General Mark Bennett has failed to persuade Senate Democrats to confirm Lee, Hanabusa said.
Lee is perhaps best known for taking the lead in prosecutions against some high-profile politicians investigated by the Campaign Spending Commission and its former executive director, Robert Watada.
Lee has served as a circuit judge on Oahu since Lingle nominated him to that post in 2005. His nomination to the Circuit Court was approved unanimously.
At his committee confirmation hearing Thursday, seven people -- all attorneys -- testified against Lee, saying they did not feel he had enough experience as a civil law litigator. They also questioned some of his rulings and past practices.
Free 'Lion King' trinkets available
The Bishop Museum will give away thousands of 'Lion King' logo items at its 20th annual free Halloween "Treat Street" event tomorrow evening.
Disney's "The Lion King" has donated trick-or-treat bags, "Lion King" collectors' cards and other memorabilia for the 5:30-8 p.m. event on the museum's Great Lawn. Winners in a costume contest will receive free passes for "The Lion King" stage production now at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
Sponsored in partnership with the University of Hawaii School of Architecture, the Halloween event provides kids with a make-believe neighborhood street, filled with colorful facades and freaky inhabitants, for trick-or-treating.
There also will be costume contests, coloring contests, a pie-eating contest, a cockroach contest and other keiki activities. For more information call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.
Star-Bulletin / 2006
The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum has adopted a list of voluntary actions to help protect the state from invasive ornamental plants.
Arboretum sets code of conduct
The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum is the first botanical garden in Hawaii to adopt the "Codes of Conduct," a list of voluntary actions to help protect the state from invasive ornamental plants, the University of Hawaii said in a news release.
"Although botanic gardens exist primarily to showcase the richness of the plant world, we must be mindful of the actual and potential impacts of non-native plants on our natural habitats," said Christopher Dunn, the new director of Lyon Arboretum, in the release.
Lyon Arboretum plans to guard against invasive species. More information on the Codes of Conduct can be found at www.lickhawaii.edu.
Police, Fire, Courts
Police arrest UH professor
A University of Hawaii professor was arrested yesterday for allegedly soliciting sex with a minor on the Internet.
Agents of the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested the 43-year-old man at a meeting set up with an investigator pretending to be a 15-year-old girl, according to a state announcement.
The professor was held at the Honolulu police cellblock last night and will appear in state court today. He was arrested on a charge of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.
He was arrested when he arrived at the designated meeting place, a fast-food restaurant in Pearl City, according to an announcement from state Attorney General Mark Bennett.
If convicted on the felony charge, he could face a 10-year prison sentence and would be required to register as a sex offender.
Man, 25, accused of knifing 3 people
Police arrested a 25-year-old Waianae man Sunday for allegedly slashing or stabbing three people, including his mother and sister.
At about 3 p.m. Sunday, the man got into an argument at his 44-year-old mother's house and allegedly slashed her with a knife, then stabbed his 24-year-old sister and fled.
When police officers arrived, they learned the man had also allegedly stabbed a security guard at a nearby construction site.
They found the man and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree assault, police said. The victims were taken to a hospital, treated and released.
Father allegedly tosses baby in van
A 32-year-old man is being held on $150,000 bail for allegedly injuring his 7-month-old daughter by tossing her from seat to seat in his van.
Pulumataala Eli is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Circuit Court tomorrow on a charge of first-degree assault.
The child suffered a head injury and respiratory failure in the Wednesday night attack, according to court documents.
Her mother, 16, attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Eli drove to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.
Doctors told police the infant had previous injuries to her head and eyes and previously fractured ribs and left knee, according to a statement by detectives.
The police report said the assault occurred while Eli and the child's mother were arguing in the van, parked at Ala Moana Park.
Eli allegedly threw the child three times and tossed a child seat onto the infant, according to the report. Eli surrendered to police Saturday at the hospital.