By Star-Bulletin Staff

Committee approves ban
on alcohol consumption at Shell

The days of enjoying a beer while kicking back on the lawn of Waikiki Shell during a concert may be coming to an end soon.

The Council Health and Safety Committee yesterday passed a bill banning alcohol from the facility.

The end may also come sooner than originally expected for Volume Services Inc., the concessionaire which has the Shell contract.

Council members had thought Volume Services could remain until its contract is up in 1999.

If that were the case, the ban would have applied to outside alcohol only until then. An internal Shell policy already bars outside alcohol, but auditorium officials say it's ineffective since they aren't allowed to search bags.

The Council now believes the city can get out of the Volume Services contract with a two-month notice.

Yesterday's action brought a grin to the face of Council Chairman John DeSoto, who has been on a mission to rid city facilities of alcohol.

A previous bill that attempted to ban alcohol at all city facilities failed before the Council.

UH TV and radio blurbs target
parents, prospective students

The University of Hawaii-Manoa has taken to the local airwaves in a feel-good campaign aimed at enrolling prospective students, as well as influencing their parents, before the May 1 fall registration deadline.

The $75,000, six-week campaign, which began last week, features 30-second television spots and 60-second radio announcements of university students and prominent alumni sharing their thoughts on what the University of Hawaii means to them.

University President Kenneth P. Mortimer previewed the eight spots before Manoa faculty yesterday, which drew applause from the crowd.

In the past year, faculty members have been urging Mortimer to enact some kind of public relations campaign to counter persistent gloomy news of university budget cuts and tuition increases.

Faculty also perceived aggressive advertising by Hawaii Pacific University as competition for the state's 12,500 high school seniors who graduate this summer, although Mortimer said that's not the case.

"It's also particularly important that we have an opportunity to address directly what people feel about the university and talk to them about the reality of the institution," he said.

Mortimer explained that UH wants to get three basic messages across: excellence and quality at the university; the university's distinctiveness as a land grant research institution with top-notch areas of expertise; and the continuous efforts to improve the quality of the university.

"Those three things are an attempt on our part to keep the message simple," Mortimer said. "I think this is good stuff."

Senate asks gov to withdraw
Pai as his PUC choice

The state Senate has officially asked Gov. Ben Cayetano to withdraw his nomination of Gregory Pai to the state Public Utilities Commission.

In a unanimous vote yesterday, the Senate adopted a resolution to reassert its constitutional powers of advise and consent.

"It's about the process, not about the nominee," said Sen. Rosalyn Baker (D, North/West Maui-Molokai-Lanai), co-chairwoman of the Consumer Protection Committee.

The Senate claims its advise-and-consent powers over gubernatorial appointments were usurped when Cayetano tapped Pai for an interim appointment to the three-member regulatory panel after the 1996 legislative session.

Cayetano originally had picked Pai for the post a year ago, but withdrew the nomination in April after learning of Senate opposition to the appointment.

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By Star-Bulletin staff

Kalihi man faces new
sex-assault charges

A Kalihi man recently indicted by an Oahu grand jury for sexually assaulting his two granddaughters last year was arrested on new charges.

Lusisantos O. Pico, 58, of Kahanu Street, was booked yesterday on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault that occurred between Feb. 15 and Friday. The girls are ages 10 and 14. He is being held on a $155,000 warrant.

Police ask for help
in finding suspect

A man indicted in two robbery cases last year is being sought for questioning in connection with a burglary in Kahala last month.

Police yesterday asked for the public's help in locating Joey Maneafaiga, 31, who is also known as Joey Scanland.

Police said Maneafaiga, a crystal methamphetamine user, is considered dangerous. "We have information he is armed and should not be approached," said acting Lt. Gary Kawasaki.

Maneafaiga is being sought on two robbery warrants totaling $90,000 after he failed to appear in court.

Police have identified fingerprints found at a Black Point home in February as belonging to Maneafaiga.

He was seen leaving the residence where jewelry valued at $6,000 was taken.

Maneafaiga supports his "ice" habit by burglarizing homes and possibly committing other crimes, Kawasaki said.

Maneafaiga has been seen from Pearl City to Waialae-Kahala and Hawaii Kai. He is 5-foot-11, 220 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and a scar on his right shoulder.

Anyone with information is asked to call 955-8300.

Waianae burglars
caught in the act

Two men broke into the L&L Drive-In in Waianae last night but didn't get far.

A police officer making routine checks of the restaurant - at 85-080 Waianae Valley Road, next to the Waianae police station - early today noticed the lock to a back gate had been pried open.

He surprised two men wearing gloves inside the restaurant. They apparently were trying to open a cash register. Recovered were a carton of cigarettes, box of cigarette lighters and burglary tools.

The two 20-year-olds from Waianae were booked.

The restaurant had been burglarized Monday but no arrests were made. About $1,000 in cash was taken from a register in that break-in.

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