POSTED: Saturday, November 28, 2009

Emergency waterline installed for Molokai

Maui County, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and private landowners and businesses cooperated in installing an emergency waterline on Molokai to lessen the risk of Hoolehua and Kalamaula running out of water.

The temporary 4-inch line is supplying the Kalae Reservoir with water from a reactivated Molokai Properties well.

Hoolehua and Kalamaula residents and businesses are being asked to continue cutting water use in half until the first week in December when repairs on two Hawaiian Home Lands water pumps are expected to be completed.

The reduction in water use was ordered on Nov. 10 when the repairs began and the two pumps supplying water to the Kalae Reservoir were shut down.

The county is also supplying water to the Kalae Reservoir.

Maui fire Capt. Travis Tancayo said a coordinated effort helped make sure fire suppression needs were not compromised.

Tancayo said Pacific Electro, Kualapuu Ranch and Pedro Ranch provided guidance, heavy equipment and allowed the use of private property to construct the pipeline and an access road.

Hawaiian Home Lands said Molokai Properties reactivated its well 17, and Monsanto provided 2,700 feet of water pipe and company workers to install the emergency line.

Scam tax e-mail might have virus, IRS warns

The IRS is warning the public about e-mail scams claiming to come from the IRS in recent weeks.

An e-mail asking the recipient to fill out a tax refund application form was received Monday by at least one Honolulu resident.

The IRS says other phony e-mails have a subject line that states the e-mail is a notice of underreported income.

The e-mail might contain an attachment or a link to a bogus Web page directing taxpayers to their “;tax statement”; or for an application.

The IRS warns recipients not to click on the attachment. If they do, they download a Trojan horse-type virus to their computers.

The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mails to taxpayers. Anyone receiving an unsolicited e-mail should avoid opening any attachments or clicking on any links.

People can report suspicious e-mails they receive that claim to come from the IRS to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Those who believe they might be victims of identity theft can go to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Web site at OnGuardOnLine.gov.

Halawa Heights Road open after main break

Halawa Heights Road between Aliipoe Drive and Iwaiwa Street was reopened last night after being closed for more than 13 hours yesterday while crews repaired an 8-inch water main break that also damaged the roadway.

The break was reported at 3:37 a.m. Traffic was diverted onto side streets as crews replaced a little more than eight feet of pipe that was installed in 1962, according to board officials.

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply sent a water wagon to assist the 21 homes that lost water because of the break, and restored service shortly after 3 p.m.

The road remained closed into the afternoon as crews worked to finish road repair.

Police to distribute free keiki ID cards

Free child identification cards will be available from 10 a.m. to noon next Saturday at Kahala Mall center court.

Cards for children 12 years of age and younger are provided in the Keiki ID program of the Honolulu Police Department in partnership with Chevron Hawaii.

The program requires a parent or guardian to accompany the child who will be photographed. They must provide information about address, date of birth and personal description. The adult is provided with the photo ID card, and the information is also kept on file by the police.

The Dec. 5 opportunity is sponsored by state Rep. Lyla Berg (D, Hahaione Valley-Aina Haina).

2 sailors claim self-defense

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. » Two Navy submariners from the Pearl Harbor-based USS Greeneville are planning to argue they acted in self-defense when they allegedly beat a former town councilor from Kittery, Maine, in Portsmouth last spring.

Attorneys for Sandy Portobanco of Inglewood, Calif., and Gerald Smith of Honolulu, who are both 23, say former Councilor Stephen Huntress choked Portobanco, prompting he and Smith to act in self-defense.

Portobanco and Smith were crew members of the USS Greeneville nuclear submarine. They have been indicted on a number of felony charges and remain jailed pending March trials. The Greeneville was in Portsmouth for retrofitting when the incident occurred.

Huntress suffered serious brain injuries.

The Portsmouth Herald says the May 22 altercation began after someone made what the sailors considered to be derogatory comments about the Navy.

Fire station to be named 'Kaiakea'

A new fire station near Kapaa will be named the Kaiakea Fire Station, the place name on record for the location, Kauai County officials said yesterday.

The name was selected following research conducted by community member Kalei Arrinaga. Previously, the station had been referred to as the Kealia Fire Station.

The county broke ground for the $4.7 million project in July, and it is expected to be completed next fall. Kaiakea will be the eighth fire station on the island.

About $268,000 in federal stimulus funds will be used to purchase and install a photovoltaic power system for the fire station, the first renewable-energy system at a Kauai County facility. The system is expected to reduce energy costs by about 40,000 kilowatts a year, officials said.