Douse unneeded lights, city says
Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced yesterday an islandwide initiative asking residents and businesses to turn off all nonessential lights for at least one hour Saturday as part of a global climate awareness campaign.
Honolulu will join dozens of other cities in "Earth Hour," which is scheduled for 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday. At least 7,500 military homes at Schofield Barracks and Hickam Air Force Base are expected to participate, Hannemann said.
"It shows that we definitely want to be at the forefront of these efforts," Hannemann said yesterday at a news conference. "We want (people in Honolulu) to lead by example in their various communities and homes."
Earth Hour started in Sydney last year with the objective of raising awareness of climate change. Lights for public safety, such as street lights and traffic signals, will operate normally, Hannemann said.
"It gets everyone to start thinking on how much impact they could have if they start modifying their behavior," said Keith Rollman, a special adviser in the city Department of Information Technology.
For more information, visit www.earthhour.org.
State IDs can be sought online
Hawaii residents interested in a state identification card now can apply for one on the Internet.
A new online service allows residents to fill out an application form for the card and pay by credit card. The fee is $3.
Applicants who bring a printed online application receipt and other required documents to the state ID card office can use an express line to turn in their paperwork and get their photograph taken.
The Web site is stateid.ehawaii.gov.
UH-Hilo gets science building cash
HILO » The state has released the final funds needed for a new $28.5 million science and technology building at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Construction is scheduled to start next month and to be completed in January 2010.
The current facilities for science and technology on the Hilo campus were built in the 1950s and 1960s, according to a statement from Gov. Linda Lingle.
The latest increment was $1.2 million for equipment and furniture. That followed a previous $3.5 million for design and $23.8 million for construction.
Ishikawa has CrimeStoppers reins
CrimeStoppers Honolulu has announced that Brian Ishikawa has taken over as president of the organization.
Ishikawa replaces longtime President Dave Reed, who died at home in December.
Ishikawa has served on the CrimeStoppers board since 2006, and is senior vice president and director of corporate security for Bank of Hawaii. He also is chairman of the Hawaii Association of Financial Institution Security Officers.
"I see this as an opportunity for me to make a positive impact with this great organization," Ishikawa said of the nonprofit organization, established in 1981.
Police, Fire, Courts
UH football player faces charges
A University of Hawaii football player is scheduled to appear Thursday in Honolulu District Court and is off the team after he was charged with two felonies Saturday.
Keenan Jones, 22, was charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and second-degree assault in separate incidents related to fights with a girlfriend, police said.
Jones is a senior cornerback who was expected to compete for a starting position in spring practice, which starts Monday.
"He will be suspended indefinitely until the formal investigation is completed," UH football coach Greg McMackin said in a statement.
Jones allegedly choked the woman in her car on Friday and injured her in another incident March 11, police said.
Jones was also suspended from the football team when he was arrested in March 2007. He was charged with misdemeanor kidnapping and abuse of a household member.
Those charges were later dropped, but Jones is reportedly scheduled for Family Court trial dates in April for misdemeanor abuse of a household member.
Family lost hiking in St. Louis Heights
A Honolulu Fire Department crew was searching last night for three hikers stranded on the St. Louis Heights trail.
A man called for help on his cell phone after 6 p.m. saying that he, a woman and her 5-year-old son were disoriented and could not return to their starting point on Waahila Ridge.
A Rescue One search team was headed to their position using global positioning system coordinates from the cell phone, said fire Capt. Earle Kealoha. They did not expect to reach the trio until after 11 p.m. It appeared the hikers had continued on the trail until they reached the Windward side, he said.
Woman allegedly vandalizes cars
Police arrested a 36-year-old Makiki woman who allegedly vandalized her ex-girlfriend's car and left threatening voice-mail messages over the weekend.
Police said that on March 16, a 46-year-old woman saw her ex-girlfriend spray-paint the entire hood of her car. Police were called, but the suspect fled before officers arrived. The next day, another woman, 26, found both the front and rear windshield of her car shattered and large dents on the hood. Witnesses told her it was the same woman who had spray-painted the other car.
On Saturday the 46-year-old woman called police to say the suspect was outside her home and that she had left voice mails threatening to go after her. Police arrested the suspect at a Lusitana Street address on suspicion of criminal property damage and first-degree terroristic threatening.
Man is accused of molesting boy
Police arrested a 43-year-old man Saturday for allegedly molesting a 8-year-old boy at a beach in Waikiki.
According to police, the boy said he was sexually assaulted at about 3 p.m. by a man who befriended him on the beach. The man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of third-degree sex assault at 2425 Kalakaua Ave.