Event touts North Shore land save
Government officials will join the Trust for Public Land, North Shore Community Land Trust and Obayashi Corp. today to celebrate the land deal that preserves 1,129 acres of North Shore land from development.
A 25-acre parcel of the Pupukea-Paumalu land on Kamehameha Highway becomes city park land, and more than 1,000 acres on the high bluff is now state park land. The city, state and Army participated with the conservation groups to buy the land from Obayashi Corp.
In addition to speeches, food, music, a craft fair and a farmers' market, the North Shore Community Land Trust will take suggestions for future use of the land at the event at Sunset Elementary starting at 10:30 a.m.
Kalani student lands in canal
Kalani High School officials were investigating yesterday how one of its students ended up swept down a nearby drainage canal filled with rainwater shortly after noon yesterday.
It is unclear why the 11th-grader, who climbed out to safety on his own at about 12:15 p.m., was in the canal behind the campus, said Kalani Vice Principal Marcus Dacanay. He said a teacher had spotted the boy and alerted security.
The student was not injured, Dacanay said.
Fishing area will open for 2008
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area reopens to fishing for one year beginning Jan. 1, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced.
The fishing area is nearshore waters between the Ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse, and from shore to a minimum of 500 yards seaward, or to the edge of the fringing reef if it occurs farther seaward, the department said.
The area is closed and open to fishing in alternating years as a management technique. Permitted fishing methods include pole-and-line, thrownet, spear (daylight hours only) and hand harvest.
Fishing is not allowed in the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District, which is between the Ewa edge of the Natatorium and the Ewa edge of the Kapahulu Groin.
Little Feat pair switches venues
Due to a storm-related power failure, the venue for tonight's concert featuring the acoustic duo of Little Feat guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett has been changed. Originally scheduled at the Waimea Falls Grill in the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, the concert has been moved to Haleiwa Joe's.
The show starts at 10 p.m., and there will be no warm-up act. Tickets are $30 as originally announced, and available at Surf N Sea in Haleiwa, 637-9887, as well at the door.
City pays troupe to play youth jail
The Honolulu Theatre for Youth has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the city to support free community performances for children.
At least two of the shows will be presented to youths at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility.
The nonprofit, professional drama troupe is now performing "The Very Best of Christmas Talk Story" at Tenney Theatre, to be followed by "Maui vs. Hercules" beginning Jan. 18.
Police, Fire, Courts
Search to resume for Big Isle hiker
HILO » A search for a missing hiker high on Mauna Kea was expected to resume today, following two previous days of unsuccessful searching, Hawaii County Fire Department Battalion Chief Clint Coloma said.
On Wednesday the hiker, a tourist who was staying with his girlfriend at a West Hawaii resort, told authorities at the Hale Pohaku visitors center that he planned to hike for several hours on the steep Mauna Kea-Humuula Trail. He was expected to return by nightfall.
The trail goes almost straight uphill from the 9,000-foot elevation, about a half-mile west of the zigzag roadway to the summit.
Search conditions were good yesterday -- clear skies with little wind, Coloma said. Crews were able to do air and ground searches, including the use of three dogs, on the entire 4.5-mile trail. However, nighttime conditions drop to freezing, he said.
Kealakekua man charged in attack
A 31-year-old Kealakekua man was charged Wednesday for allegedly beating an older man on Nov. 30.
Dorian Small was arrested Monday and charged later with second-degree assault. He is being held at the Kona cellblock on $10,000 bail.
Big Island police said the victim, a 50-year-old Captain Cook man, reported someone he knew beat him near a Captain Cook gas station. He suffered an orbital bone fracture and was treated at Kona Community Hospital.
Tip leads to trunk and man's arrest
An alert citizen helped Big Island police capture a 56-year-old Kona man wanted for failing to surrender for sentencing and violating terms of supervised release.
Police asked for the public's help Tuesday to find Thomas James Crowe, who was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography.
Based on a tip, police went to a Kona hotel parking lot the next day and found Crowe sleeping in a car. He was partly hidden in the trunk, and arrested at 7:30 p.m.
Police turned over Crowe to the U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday.
Outlet is blamed in Nanakuli blaze
Arcing in an electrical outlet started a fire that caused $5,000 in damage to a Nanakuli residence on Wednesday, Honolulu fire investigators said.
Residents were home at the time, and no one was injured in the fire at 87-182 Helelua St. There were no smoke alarms in the bedroom where the fire started.
The Honolulu Fire Department reminds the public that a smoke alarm is the best way to prevent fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, both inside and outside sleeping areas, the Fire Department said.
Man is arrested for alleged abuse
Police arrested a 51-year-old Pawaa man who allegedly choked and punched his female roommate.
Police said the attack happened at about 2:20 a.m. yesterday at an apartment on Kaheka Street. They said that the victim suffered contusions to her face and momentarily blacked out after being choked.
Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of felony abuse of a household member.
Police find safe after burglary
Police opened a second-degree burglary case Thursday after finding a safe left behind in a burglary.
At about 5:20 a.m., police found the open safe on South Beretania Street and traced its contents back to a nearby restaurant that was found to have been burglarized.
The burglary occurred between 10:30 p.m. and the time that it was found, police said.
Man accused of forced entry
Police arrested a 29-year-old man who allegedly pushed his way into a house to harass the people who live inside.
Police said that at about 9:40 Thursday night, the suspect arrived at an acquaintance's home in Waianae and called the residents out to talk. Police said the residents refused because they knew the suspect and expected trouble.
The suspect allegedly pushed his way into the home and harassed the residents. The suspect left the scene but was later found at his Mill Street home and arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary.