State ID office to extend hours
The state Identification Card Office is extending its hours on Thursdays during a six-month trial period to make state ID cards more accessible to the public.
The office is now open on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Individuals must enter the office by 5:30 p.m. On all other business days, the office will keep its regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Application instructions and forms are available on the Web at www.stateid.hawaii.gov. Call 587-3111 for recorded instructions or 587-3112 for more information.
Advanced Navy jets to buzz skies
Windward Oahu residents can expect an increase in air activity and noise levels during the next month as a California-based Navy squadron tests its fighter jets over the water.
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9, nicknamed the "Vampires," began flying eight Navy F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet jets in over-water exercises yesterday.
The squadron will set up a temporary home at the Marine Corps Air Facility at Kaneohe Bay and hold exercises mostly during the day until 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20, a Marine Corps Base Hawaii news release said.
The Hawaii Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron and its fleet of F-15 Eagles will also work with the Vampires.
Work to close Ala Moana lanes
Several lanes will be closed tomorrow on Ala Moana Boulevard while road crews install traffic detectors.
The closures will affect traffic in several locations:
» One or two lanes will be closed in either direction between Halekauwila and Bishop streets.
» Left-turn lanes will be closed in the eastbound direction at the intersection of Alakea and Halekauwila streets.
Seniors can obtain scholarships
High school seniors have until Thursday to apply for scholarships totaling $350,000 from the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation.
Last year the foundation awarded 80 student scholarships to seniors from 35 schools statewide, both public and private. Any student applying for college may seek a Rotary award, including those who are home-schooled.
To obtain an application form, students can contact their high school college counselor, one of the 43 Hawaii Rotary Clubs or the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation by calling Aloha Makekau at 735-1073 or by e-mail to email@example.com. The application deadline is Thursday, and awards will be granted April 4.
The foundation was started by Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan in 1976 to help high school seniors attend college.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man dies in tumble near waterfall
WAILUKU » A 22-year-old Oregon man died yesterday after striking his head as he fell near a waterfall and disappearing in a pool of water in East Maui.
Battalion Chief Frank Tam said the man hiked with two other men to the waterfall and was trying to scale down a steep area when he fell and struck his head on a rock before disappearing in the pool, located in Kailua about 2.5 miles mauka of Hana Highway.
"He hit his head before hitting the water," Tam said. "Within 15 seconds he had submerged."
Tam said fire rescue officials received the emergency call sometime between 2:30 and 3 p.m. and airlifted the body by helicopter at about 5 p.m., after finding it in the water.
Public request aid in arson probe
Big Island police are asking for the public's help regarding arson Sunday at Kealakehe Intermediate School.
An investigation showed the fire, which damaged a room in a building under construction, was deliberately set, police said. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Detective David Araki at 326-4646, ext. 238, or the nonemergency police number at 935-3311.
Anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
Victim of earlier robbery is stabbed
Police arrested a 24-year-old man who allegedly stabbed an employee of a store that he allegedly robbed last week.
Police said that at about 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect went into a store on Vineyard Boulevard in Kalihi to buy cigarettes. Police said the man behind the counter recognized the suspect as the same man who robbed him a week earlier.
The suspect was chased out of the store, and he allegedly stabbed the 54-year-old victim with a knife. Police arrested the suspect nearby on suspicion of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.
Argument ends with shotgun fired
Police arrested a 46-year-old man yesterday who allegedly fired a rifle at another man.
Police said that at about 1 a.m. the suspect and a 31-year-old man got into an argument in Kahuku. Police said the suspect brandished a rifle and fired a shot in the direction of the victim but missed.