Hokulia builder lists charity work
HILO » Hokulia, the upscale 1,540-acre residential community under construction in Kona, has raised $3 million for charity in the last six years through monthly community golfing tournaments, the developer announced.
The largest recipient of the money was Kona Community Hospital, which received $1.3 million.
Other beneficiaries are the American Red Cross, $136,950; the Food Basket, $124,728; Hawaii Island United Way, $129,5000; Hualalai Academy, $160,173; June Jones Foundation, $343,000; Kona Family YMCA, $217,585; Hawaii State Junior Golf Association, $194,785; and Ellison Onizuka Foundation, $215,144.
Hokulia was involved for several years in lawsuits challenging the legality of building the project on agriculturally designated land. Those legal problems were resolved by a settlement in 2006.
Donate gadgets to traveling docs
Old cell phones and small electronics that are cluttering up the home can help the Aloha Medical Mission raise funds to provide medical care to people in Hawaii and overseas.
The AMM is teaming up with Project KOPEG -- Keep Our Planet Earth Green -- to recycle cell phones, even broken ones, and digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs and their accessories.
The medical mission will receive from $1 to $300 for each item, depending on the year, make, model and condition.
The environment also will benefit, according to Project KOPEG. It says the cadmium from one phone can pollute 158,200 gallons of water.
The devices can be dropped off or mailed to Aloha Medical Mission, 810 N. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu 96817. For more information, call 847-3400.
State OKs cash for school building
The state will spend $183,000 to finish a two-story building at Kealakehe Intermediate School that will replace the administration and library building at the Big Island school.
The existing library and administration offices will become three classrooms at the school, Gov. Linda Lingle said last week in announcing the release of the money.
The Department of Education plans to convert Kealakehe Intermediate into a middle school under a statewide plan.
The project, whose cost is about $9.8 million, should be completed next month, according to the state.
Police, Fire, Courts
Rough seas take blame for deaths
POIPU, Kauai » Rescue teams continued to search yesterday for a man missing after a kayak mishap on the South Shore.
Corey German, 36, was lost in choppy seas Saturday afternoon.
His wife, Tina, 36, who also was aboard the kayak, was found about 400 yards off the Beach House Restaurant and was brought ashore by lifeguards at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday, according to county officials.
The Coast Guard and county rescue teams searched past dusk and resumed the search yesterday at about 7:15 a.m., focusing on the area between Koloa Landing and Spouting Horn.
Heavy seas likely contributed to two fatalities over the weekend.
A 50-year-old Kalaheo, Kauai, man died Saturday after being found unresponsive after kite-surfing in Poipu.
According to the Kauai Fire Department, Irving Corbett was kite-surfing at Gillins Beach, located east of Punahoa Point near Mahaulepu Beach. Shortly after 4 p.m., police were told Corbett was on the beach, unresponsive but breathing.
Bystanders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Corbett until firefighters arrived. Corbett was taken to Wilcox Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
On Oahu's North Shore, a surfer in his late 20s died yesterday after a surfing accident.
The man apparently hit his head on the reef while surfing at the Banzai Pipeline surf spot off Ehukai Beach Park at about 3:15 p.m., said Bryan Cheplic, Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokesman.
The waves were about 6 to 8 feet at the time, Cheplic said.
Lifeguards pulled the man out the water and began CPR until paramedics arrived. Rescuers took the man to Kahuku Hospital in critical condition. He died later at the hospital, Cheplic said.
Fire proves costly for Hauula home
A fire caused about $150,000 in damage to the structure and contents of a single-family dwelling in Hauula yesterday, a fire official said.
The fire started in the kitchen of 53-865 Kamehameha Highway at about 2 p.m. and was brought under control within five minutes, said Honolulu fire Capt. Frank Johnson.
The family was not home at the time, Johnson said.
Police cite speed in motorcycle death
Speed is believed to be a factor in a motorcycle crash that killed a 27-year-old Schofield Barracks man, police said.
At about 8:20 a.m. yesterday, the man was driving a yellow 2003 Suzuki motorcycle west on Kaukonahua Road near Wilikina Drive when he crossed the center line, police said.
The man laid his cycle down and slid into an oncoming 1994 Nissan Pathfinder, which ran over him, police said.
The man, who was wearing a helmet, died at Wahiawa General Hospital, police said.
Crews rescue pair of injured hikers
Firefighters rescued two women yesterday in separate hiking accidents on Oahu.
At about 8:55 a.m. a woman in her mid-20s fell about five feet after hiking up the railroad tracks to the top of Koko Head Crater, said Honolulu fire Capt. Frank Johnson. She injured her leg and head.
A fire helicopter picked her up and took her to paramedics at Koko Head Regional Park. She was in stable condition at Straub Clinic & Hospital, said Bryan Cheplic, city Emergency Services spokesman.
About two hours later, a 19-year-old woman hit her head while swimming at Jackass Ginger pool in Nuuanu. She was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, Cheplic said.