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POSTED: Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Man arrested after shots fired into air

Kauai police arrested a man yesterday who allegedly fired shots into the air in the parking lot at Waikanaloa Wet Cave in Haena.

The shooting occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Monday after the gunman and two other men arrived at the scene in a van and approached a crowd gathered in the parking lot, according to a Kauai Police Department statement. No one was injured.

The 39-year-old Kapaa man was arrested on reckless endangerment and firearm charges. Another man in the van, 35, also of Kapaa, was arrested for drunken driving. Both were released on bail.

The third person fled the scene in the van when police arrived.

Solo sailor reaches Maui in 28 days

After 28 days at sea, Brad Tinius anchored his 29-foot wooden sailboat off Maui early Sunday, completing a 2,600-mile solo journey from Neah Bay, Wash.

The Hat Island, Wash., resident left his home on June 7 after nearly a year of intense preparation for the journey. During his voyage, Tinius, 59, averaged about 100 miles a day.

“;He said that everything went really well until the last week, when the wind just died,”; said Tinius' wife, Mindy, who flew into Kahului yesterday to meet her husband.

Although Tinius has not yet disclosed his travel plans, Mindy is expecting the family to do some sailing once their two daughters arrive in Honolulu July 16. Tinius is planning to stay in Hawaii until Aug. 1, when he will sail back to Washington with his daughters.

His voyage was aboard the same Malaysian-built sailboat, the Chencharu, that he took from Australia to his home state nearly three decades ago.

Isle sailor is denied bail in beating

BRENTWOOD, N.H. » A judge has refused to lower bail for two nuclear submarine sailors accused of severely beating a man in Portsmouth, N.H.

Gerald Smith, 23, of Honolulu and 23-year-old Sandy Portobanco of Inglewood, Calif., are accused of beating 48-year-old Stephen Huntress in May, then trying to orchestrate a cover-up. The sailors, assigned to the USS Greeneville, told police an insult shouted by Huntress led to the altercation.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that a judge denied the sailors' request yesterday that their bail be reduced so they could take Navy desk jobs at a base in Groton, Conn., while awaiting trial.

Huntress, a former town councilor in neighboring Kittery, Maine, recently returned home but faces a long recovery from his serious brain injuries.

'Sunset' features Korean movie

Tesoro is hosting a one-day “;Sunset on the Beach”; at Waikiki Beach on Friday to kick off this year's eighth annual Korean Festival.

Food booths open at 4 p.m. Friday, and entertainment will start at 5:30 p.m.

“;Sunset on the Beach”; shows the Korean film “;Lump of Sugar”; at 7:30 p.m.

The festival will continue the next day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the Korean Festival Celebration that will take place at Kapiolani Park.

“;We are excited to add a 'Sunset on the Beach' to our weekend festivities,”; said Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce President Gina Kim Nakamura in a prepared statement. “;With the ever-increasing popularity in Korean cinema and television dramas, it makes sense for this movie to kick off the eighth annual Korean Festival.”;

The events are free, and a variety of activities and food will be provided.

Other sponsors of the Korean Festival are the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce, the city, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Star-Bulletin and the Waikiki Improvement Association.

Federal funds to aid foster youths

The city will receive more than $1 million in federal vouchers to provide rental housing for 100 young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system, Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced yesterday.

The city, along with the state Department of Human Services and Hale Kipa, applied for funding worth $1,085,328 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through its Family Unification Program.

Youths will also receive education and employment training along with medical and other support services.

Company agrees to pay cesspool fine

Federal authorities say a Big Island company has agreed to pay $82,000 for failing to close large-capacity cesspools in Hilo.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that K. Taniguchi Ltd. has also agreed to close all the large-capacity cesspools they own and operate at 50 E. Puainako St.

The cesspools will be replaced by waste-water systems.

Federal regulations have prohibited large-capacity cesspools since April 2005. The regulations do not apply to single-family homes connected to their own individual cesspools.