Jet is forced to return to airport
A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 turned around and returned to Honolulu Airport yesterday after a warning light turned on a few minutes after takeoff, a company spokesman said.
Flight 12 departed Honolulu at 1:30 p.m. for San Francisco, a flight of just more than five hours.
The warning light indicated an air valve malfunction, and the pilots turned the plane around at 1:45 p.m., the spokesman said.
"Apparently it came on right after they took off," he said. "It was just a precaution. They just turned around and came back."
The plane landed in Honolulu at 2:10 p.m., and all 205 passengers were transferred to another plane, which departed the airport 97 minutes later. No one was injured.
Robotics club earns $10,000 gift
The Nanakuli High and Intermediate Robotics Club has received a $10,000 donation from Waste Management of Hawaii.
The money will support the school's participation in robotics competitions throughout the school year.
The club's goal is to improve students' abilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In March the Nanakuli team reached the semifinals of the FIRST Hawaii regional robotics contest during its debut at the event.
Dole school solicits nominations
Dole Middle School is seeking nominations for its sixth annual Pride of Dole Award.
Nominees must have attended the public school for at least two years and be at least 40 years old to be eligible for the award, which recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in careers and their community.
Nomination forms may be requested by calling the school at 832-3340. They will be accepted until Oct. 24.
Honolulu at No. 3 on travel list
Two Hawaiian islands are still on the list of top U.S. vacation options.
Honolulu ranks No. 3 and Maui No. 4 in the annual survey conducted by Travel Leaders, formally Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates.
The survey conducted this summer polled 415 Travel Leaders agents, managers and owners around the country.
The top destination is Las Vegas, and No. 2 is Orlando, Fla.
Honolulu and Maui are followed by New York and San Francisco, and Anchorage, Alaska, ranks seventh.
Mexico ranked No. 1 in the category of "best value outside the U.S."
Nearly 30 percent of survey respondents also said their clients were driving more often to vacation destinations than they used to, and about two-thirds said increases in gas prices and fuel surcharges have caused some people to scale back travel.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man allegedly assaulted girl, 4
Police arrested a 68-year-old Salt Lake man yesterday who allegedly sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl at a Honolulu home.
Police said the alleged attacks occurred between June 22 and July 16.
The man was arrested at his home on suspicion of two counts of first-degree sexual assault and third-degree sexual assault.
The girl initially reported being inappropriately touched, but an Aug. 19 Child Welfare Services interview with the girl revealed multiple sexual offenses, police said.
Boy allegedly threatens teachers
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy who allegedly threatened three faculty members at a Wahiawa school on Tuesday.
Police said the suspect threatened the three men, ages 37, 40 and 41, with bodily harm.
When he returned to the school Wednesday, the boy was arrested for investigation of three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.
2 robberies reported near UH
University of Hawaii-Manoa Campus Security sent out a security alert Wednesday that two robberies had occurred in the area.
In the first incident, two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, robbed a graduate student at about 10:25 p.m. Tuesday on Dole Street in front of Kanewai Park.
The men took the student's backpack and fled toward the campus on Dole.
Both men are described as in their 20s.
One was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a slim build, black hair, brown eyes and wearing a dark sweatshirt and pants
The other was shorter, about 140 pounds, with a slim build, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
At about 12:30 a.m. another individual was confronted by a man on Dole Street near Whitney Street.
The man appeared to have a gun under his shirt, and took money from the victim and fled on Dole.
The man, described as in his 30s, is about 6 feet 1 inch tall, 200 pounds, with a slim build, black hair, brown eyes, and wearing a gray sweat shirt and sweat pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 911 or UH-Manoa Campus Security.
Man arrested for threats to kin
Police arrested a 22-year-old man who allegedly threatened his grandmother with a kitchen knife.
Police said the suspect and the grandmother, 70, live in the same house in town.
The incident happened about 8:20 a.m. yesterday. The suspect turned himself in and was arrested on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Woman's kidnapper hunted by police
Police were looking for a 31-year-old man who allegedly kidnapped a woman at gunpoint and threatened to kill her as he drove her around the island.
Police said the suspect went to the woman's workplace in Waianae at about 7:40 p.m. yesterday, held a gun to her neck and forced her into his car. He threatened to shoot her and himself as he drove her to the North Shore, police said.
He stopped at a convenience store in Haleiwa to buy liquor and the woman, 25, escaped as a store employee intervened, police said.
The woman called police but the suspect fled in his car before officers arrived. She was not hurt.
Police did not provide a description of the suspect.
Kauai post office's safe is pilfered
Kauai police were asking for the public's help in finding whoever stole a safe from the Makaweli Post Office on the west side of the island.
Police said someone broke into the post office either late Friday or early Saturday and stole the safe.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspect or suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kauai Police Detective James Kurasaki at 241-1681 or police dispatch at 241-1711.
Anonymous calls can be made to the U.S. Postal Service at (877) 876-2455 or CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.