High surf warning is in effect
A high surf warning for east-facing shores on all islands is in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow.
The National Weather Service says a northeast swell was to arrive this morning, peak this afternoon and tonight and begin lowering tomorrow.
Waves with 10-15-foot faces were expected. Waves with similar heights were expected for the North Shore of Oahu where an advisory was in effect.
A high surf warning means that "dangerous ... battering waves will pound the shoreline," the weather service said. Residents along eastern shores should prepare to protect property from large waves and coastal flooding.
Superferry cancels voyage today
The Hawaii Superferry canceled its Oahu-Maui roundtrip scheduled for today due to severe high seas, according to the company Web site.
Passengers booked on those voyages were contacted directly by the company, the Web site said.
The National Weather Service predicted significant surges in Kahului Harbor on Maui and Hilo through tomorrow.
The Superferry said the status for Monday's voyage "is considered marginal."
The Superferry resumed its Oahu-Maui roundtrip service Dec. 13 but has had to cancel several voyages due to strong swells.
Campaign panel members sought
The state Judicial Council is looking for applicants to serve on the Campaign Spending Commission.
The council will appoint a panel of nominees who will be selected by Gov. Linda to fill vacancies on the commission. Terms of two people in the five-member commission will expire in June, though one of them may be reappointed.
Commissioners serve a four-year term. They may not participate in political campaigns or contribute to candidates or political committees.
Applications, along with a resume and three letters of recommendation, should be sent to the council by Feb. 15. For more information, visit www.courts.state.hi.us or call 539-4702.
Police, Fire, Courts
Kauai man dies in 4-car crash
A 35-year-old Lihue man was killed yesterday in a four-car accident on Kauai yesterday.
A Kauai County spokeswoman said the accident happened when a tire came off a pickup truck heading south on Kuhio Highway in Wailua, causing the truck to fall on its side.
The man who died was driving a truck that was one of the three other vehicles involved in the crash.
His name was not released.
The man's wife was taken to Wilcox Hospital for treatment and later flown to the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu. She was in serious condition, according to a county news release.
Store damaged in fire on Kauai
Fire caused $200,000 in damage to a Kapaa clothing store yesterday, a Kauai County spokeswoman said.
The fire at Glitter along Kuhio Highway started about 9:45 a.m. and burned part of the store's front side. No one was inside at the time.
Firefighters from the Kapaa and Lihue fire stations extinguished the fire by 10:30 a.m.
Mary Daubert, Kauai County spokeswoman, said preliminary reports indicate the fire started from an electrical malfunction in a surge protector.
Police seek 2 in Waianae shooting
Police are looking for two men in a shooting and robbery in Waianae yesterday.
Police said two other men, ages 40 and 37, were leaving a gambling event at about 5:30 a.m. when the suspects approached them. The first suspect, whom police said is a 39-year-old man, brandished a firearm and fired a round, just missing the 40-year-old, police said. The gunman and the second suspect, described only as in his 20s or 30s, assaulted the victim and took his wallet, police said.
The suspects then assaulted the younger victim and took money from him too, police said.
The suspects then fled.
28-year-old man stabbed in fight
A 28-year-old man was stabbed in the back twice during a fight in front of his home.
Police said the victim was in a street fight in Waipahu at about 10:45 p.m. Friday, but the fight broke up before police arrived.
Shortly after midnight, six suspects showed up at the man's house and started another fight during which the victim was stabbed, police said.
Family members provided first names of the suspects but didn't see the stabbing, police said. The victim was in stable condition.
Speed blamed in motorcycle crash
Speed is a probable factor in a motorcycle accident in Hawaii Kai yesterday that left a 29-year-old man in critical condition, police said.
At about 8:50 a.m., the victim, who lives on Mariner's Ridge, was traveling downhill on Kaluanui Road when he failed to make a left-banking turn and lost control, police said.
The gray 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle veered off the roadway, striking a tree and a stone wall. The man was thrown from the motorcycle. Police said he was wearing a helmet.
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, but his condition later worsened to critical.
Suspect caught in robbery case
Police arrested a 27-year-old man who allegedly robbed a couple at gun point in Makiki Friday.
At about 10:30 p.m., a 30-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were sitting in a parked vehicle when the suspect approached, brandished a handgun and demanded money, police said. The victims turned over their property and the suspect fled on foot, police said.
Police later arrested the man on suspicion of two counts of first-degree robbery.