Shark sightings close Hanalei Bay
Hanalei Bay was closed over the weekend because of shark sightings, according to a Kauai County news release.
The bay was closed Saturday at about 4 p.m. and was to remain closed at least until 4 p.m. yesterday, the Fire Department said.
Several tiger sharks, about 10 to 12 feet long, were seen swimming in the middle of Hanalei Bay late yesterday afternoon, and one shark made its way close to shore, about 15 to 20 yards off the beach.
Beachgoers are advised to stay out of the water. Shark-sightings signs are posted in the area.
Waianae docks get repair funds
Gov. Lingle has released $630,000 to replace portions of three concrete piers at Waianae Small Boat Harbor.
More than 20 of the harbor's 146 slips are closed due to severe deterioration. Renovation to the concrete piers will restore affected slips to service, provide space for boaters who were placed on a waiting list and generate income for the Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.
About $150,000 was released two years ago to cover design costs. Renovation work is scheduled to begin in September and completed in June 2009.
Meanwhile, the administration is requesting an additional $10 million in its fiscal year 2009 supplemental budget to continue repair and maintenance of small boat harbors statewide.
Lava Tree park up for rehab work
The Lava Tree State Monument on the Big Island is getting a face lift.
The state plans to spend $2 million on improvements, including repaving the parking lot and parking entrance, reconstructing portions of the loop trail, replacing interpretive displays and upgrading the comfort station.
State officials say aging facilities at the 17-acre park have suffered the effects of weather, vandalism, falling albizia trees and root intrusion.
Design work for the project is expected to begin in July with construction to follow in March 2010. Officials say the project should be completed a year later.
Gov. Linda Lingle has released the money for the project.
Health care degree to be offered
Starting this fall, the University of Hawaii at West Oahu will offer an undergraduate degree in health care administration, which the university says is the only undergraduate program of its kind in the state.
The Bachelor of Arts in public administration with a concentration in health care administration is designed to address the need for health care managers.
Public administration degree candidates can also select a concentration in justice administration or general public administration.
"As we prepare for the new campus in the city of Kapolei, we are expanding our current programs and developing new ones to meet the work force needs of the state of Hawaii," said Joanne Itano, interim vice chancellor of academic affairs, in a written news release.
Life science scholarships available
High school seniors interested in a science degree can apply for the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship.
Ten grants of $1,000 will be awarded to help graduating students who will attend an accredited college or university to pursue a life sciences degree such as agriculture, agronomy, biology, botany, genetics, horticulture, plant physiology, chemistry and crop or soil science.
The deadline to apply is May 1.
For more information, contact Paul Koehler at Monsanto Hawaii at 879-4074, ext. 7151, or visit www.monsanto.com/hawaii.
Police, Fire, Courts
Copter crew plucks pair off mountain
Firefighters rescued two men Saturday off a mountainside on the North Shore after they ran out of water.
The two men had been hiking with a third man, who had several dogs, since 8 a.m. At about 7:15 p.m. they called for help, reporting that they were tired and dehydrated.
Fire and police helicopters located the men about four miles above the Boy Scout camp.
The Air One fire helicopter took two of the men to the Sunset Beach fire station at about 8:15 p.m., said fire spokesman Capt. Earle Kealoha. The man with the dogs decided to stay with his dogs until morning, and firefighters brought him more water.
Car hits pedestrian disobeying light
A 69-year-old woman who was hit Saturday by a car on Salt Lake Boulevard woman died yesterday, police said.
The Honolulu woman was crossing the street against the light when she was struck by a car Saturday morning, police said.
At about 7:20 a.m. the woman was crossing in a crosswalk to the makai side of the street, near Bougainville Drive, against the red light, said police.
A Pearl City woman driving east in a compact sedan hit the woman, who sustained head and leg injuries and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
The driver was not injured.
The victim was the 12th traffic fatality this year on Oahu, compared with 23 last year at this time.
Officers use Taser on threat suspect
Police used an electric stun gun, or Taser, early Saturday morning on a 20-year-old Kalihi man who allegedly broke into his girlfriend's home and threatened her with a kitchen knife.
According to police, the man went to his 20-year-old girlfriend's home on Meyers Street in Kalihi at about 12:55 a.m. wanting to talk, but she refused to let him inside. He then allegedly broke into her home, where she and her family barricaded themselves in a bedroom.
He allegedly broke their the door and threatened to kill her with a kitchen knife, police said. When police arrived, he allegedly threw an object at the officers, who then shocked him.
The man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary and terroristic threatening and violating a restraining order.
Coast Guard saves 4 on stricken boat
The Coast Guard rescued four people aboard a 20-foot sport fishing boat that lost power yesterday in stormy weather off Maui, a Coast Guard member said.
The boat lost power and its navigational lights at about 6:30 p.m., said Operation Specialist Jared Friedman-Torres.
A 47-foot Coast Guard vessel responded and met the boat about 2.5 miles off Olowalu, Maui, at about 8:30 p.m.
Coast Guard officials took a 9-year-old child and a woman aboard, while two adults remained on the fishing vessel. The Coast Guard was still towing the vessel toward shore yesterday.