Kahuku TB tests negative so far
Tuberculosis tests of students and staff at Kahuku High and Intermediate School have returned negative so far, the state Department of Health said.
Skin exams were conducted on 78 out of 113 people suspected of being in close contact with a teacher who contracted the bacterial disease last month, Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said yesterday.
Two people had latent TB and are scheduled to have a chest X-ray, she said, and the department is working with the school to test the other 33 people.
In October, the Health Department sought TB tests of 164 students and staff at Roosevelt High School after a student fell ill with the disease. Three students had a positive skin reaction in preliminary tests, but X-rays showed that their TB was latent and could not have spread to other people, Okubo said.
Princess will reopen Thai pavilion
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand will dedicate the reconstructed Thai pavilion Saturday at the East-West Center.
The public is welcome to attend the free 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the Royal Sala Thai, adjacent to Imin Center in Jefferson Hall at 1777 East-West Road.
The Royal Thai Dancers and Musicians will debut an original dance, and Halau I Ka Wekiu will perform a special hula.
The original sala -- a pavilion used for shelter, study, conversation and contemplation -- was built in 1967 as a gift to the center in recognition of the importance of Thai-U.S. relations. It is only one of four pavilions outside of Thailand that bear the king's royal seal.
Reconstruction started in 2006 on the pavilion, made of hardwoods elaborately carved and painted in gold, an announcement said. It was built in Thailand and assembled in Hawaii by Thai craftsmen under the direction of national artist and architect Pinyo Suwankiri.
The princess will be the guest of honor at the center's annual "International Affair" dinner, where she will accept the Asia Pacific Community Building Award on behalf of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, her father.
For more information call 944-7111 or visit www.eastwestcenter.org/events.
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Traffic on the H-3 freeway grew to more than 47,000 vehicles per day in 2006, the state says.
History Channel will feature H-3
Oahu's H-3 freeway, the largest public works project in Hawaii, will be featured tomorrow on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" show, according to the state Department of Transportation.
It will be one of several road systems from around the world showcased on the cable channel's "Superhighways" episode. The segment, which was filmed in Hawaii in November, is scheduled to air at 6 p.m., with a repeat at 10 p.m. on Oceanic Cable analog channel 72 and digital channel 327.
Costing $1.3 billion, the four-lane H-3 covers 16 miles from Kaneohe to the Halawa Interchange near Pearl Harbor. It has two sets of tunnels, two long viaducts and 26 bridges.
The H-3 was authorized by Congress as part of the Statehood Act of 1960 to establish three freeways on the island -- the H-1, H-2 and H-3 -- to connect military installations and reduce traffic between Windward Oahu and downtown Honolulu. It opened in December 1997.
Weird sounds spur pilot's U-turn
A Continental Micronesia flight from Guam to Honolulu arrived here Monday after passengers were forced to switch planes in the Marshall Islands because of "unusual sounds" heard shortly after takeoff, an official said yesterday.
The Boeing 737-800 departed from Amata Kabua International Airport in Majuro, its last scheduled stop, when the pilot turned around and flew back to the airport as a precautionary measure, said Continental Airlines spokeswoman Ruth Ann Becker. It's unclear what caused the noise, she said.
The passengers changed planes and arrived in Honolulu at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Becker said. She could not immediately say how many people were on board.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man surrenders after holing up
KAHULUI » A 30-year-old armed man surrendered to Maui police early yesterday after barricading himself in an apartment at Harbor Lights Condominium in Kahului for several hours.
Kadon I. Zimmerman was being held on a no-bail warrant for an alleged parole violation.
Maui police Lt. Wallace Tom said the standoff began at 4:45 p.m. Monday when police went to serve Zimmerman with a no-bail warrant.
Tom said after seeing the officers, Zimmerman ran into a unit in the "D" building, where he is believed to be a resident. Tom said the man had two guns, a shotgun and a pistol, and fired one round.
Tom said officers sealed off the unit, evacuated about 100 residents and diverted traffic from the area. Evacuated residents were sent to a Red Cross shelter at War Memorial Gym at about 9 p.m.
Man accused of attempted murder
Police arrested a 24-year-old man early Monday who was allegedly trying to kill another man with his car.
Police said the suspect and a 43-year-old man were arguing in Waipahu about 11:30 p.m. Monday. Police said the victim was walking away when the suspect started his car and drove into him.
The suspect fled, but at about 4 a.m. he was found on Waimano Home Road. He was booked on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition.
2 accused in theft of car from dealer
Police arrested two people in connection with the theft of a car from a car dealer.
The vehicle was reported stolen Monday morning from a Honolulu car dealership. With help from the OnStar anti-theft system installed in the car, officers found it in Waianae about 1:30 p.m.
The 44-year-old woman driving the car was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, and her passenger, a 49-year-old man, was arrested for investigation of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
Police allegedly found narcotics on the man and arrested him on suspicion of promoting a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.