POSTED: Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Masaki funeral to be held Oct. 19


Funeral services for Ellen Masaki, an acclaimed piano teacher in Honolulu for more than half a century, will be held Oct. 19 at Central Union Church.

Viewing will begin at 4 p.m., and services will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Honolulu Symphony will perform a musical tribute to Masaki on Oct. 21, with details to be released at a later date.

Masaki died Sept. 7. She was 81.

Attorney to discuss activism of ACLU

Laurie Temple, ACLU of Hawaii staff attorney, will give a talk called “;The ACLU—89 and Still Defending Civil Rights: Activism at Any Age”; at a Kokua Council meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Harris United Methodist Church.


Top Kauai cop will not seek Honolulu post


LIHUE » Kauai's police chief says he is no longer seeking the job of Honolulu's top cop, citing personal reasons.

Chief Darryl Perry confirmed last month that he had applied to be the Honolulu department chief.

But Perry said he sent a letter to the Honolulu Police Commission over the weekend, saying he has decided to stay on Kauai for his family.

Perry became the top cop on Kauai less than two years ago after retiring from the Honolulu force in 2002 following a 26-year career.

Officials revise Laysan duck plan

The federal government has issued a revised plan to protect the Laysan duck, the most endangered waterfowl in the country.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said yesterday that the plan was drafted to take into account the latest scientific research on the birds. The previous plan was issued in 1982.

The Laysan duck is currently found on two remote islands, Laysan and Midway, located northwest of the main Hawaiian islands.

The new plan outlines ways to establish another population of Laysan ducks.

The Midway population was established after officials moved 42 wild birds there from Laysan Island in 2004 and 2005. The current Midway population is about 500. There are currently about 600 Laysan ducks on Laysan.

Lawyer disbarred over ethics issues

The Hawaii Supreme Court has disbarred Hawaii-licensed attorney Andrew S. Hartnett II from the practice of law.

The disbarment was based upon the disbarment order of the Kansas Supreme Court, according to the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Hartnett was disbarred in Kansas on May 12 for multiple instances of ethical misconduct. He voluntarily surrendered his license to practice law in Kansas.

Hartnett, 68, was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Hawaii on Nov. 12, 1968.