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Hiker hurt in fall on Manoa Falls Trail


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POSTED: Monday, June 07, 2010

 

A female hiker in her 40s hurt her head and leg in a fall today on Manoa Falls Trail, the Honolulu Fire Department says.

Firefighters responded to the call about 4 p.m.

Crewmembers from the Manoa Station hiked up the trail and reached the woman at 4:34 p.m., the department said. Her injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

She was lifted off the trail by helicopter at about 5:20 p.m. and transferred to an ambulance at Noelani Elementary School.

 

Rainbows season ends with loss to Arizona State


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POSTED: Monday, June 07, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. >> The Hawaii baseball team saw its season come to an end tonight, bowing out of the NCAA tournament with an 8-4 loss to No. 1 Arizona State in the Tempe regional at Packard Stadium.

The Rainbows (35-28) staved off elimination once, beating second seed San Diego 12-9 earlier in the day. Hawaii finished 2-2 in the regional after losing to the Sun Devils (50-8) for the second straight night.

Sean Montplaisir hit a two-run homer and Kolten Wong singled and scored twice.

Kole Calhoun and Deven Marrero homered for the Sun Devils, who will host a super regional next week against either Arkansas or Washington State.

Connor Little (2-3) allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings and Lenny Linsky held ASU to one run over the final 2 1/3 innings.

Jake Borup (11-1) allowed four runs on six hits in six innings to earn the win.

Hawaii finished 14-7 over its final 21 games of the season and played seven straight against ranked teams to end the 2010 campaign.

UH went 4-3 in those games, including 2-1 against Fresno State to claim its first Western Athletic Conference tournament championship in 18 years.

Left-hander Sam Spangler didn’t pitch in the regional after he was scratched from today’s scheduled start against San Diego. His shoulder had been tender since he came back on two days’ rest to pitch against the Bulldogs last Sunday, and felt too much pain in warm-ups to pitch.

Senior Kevin Macdonald hit a solo home run against the Toreros to finish his career with 24 home runs, tying Greg Oniate for the second-most in school history.

David Freitas hit his 10th home run of the season against USD, becoming the 13th Rainbow to reach double digits in a single season. He’s the fifth UH player to do so in the last two years.

Hawaii won 35 games under head coach Mike Trapasso for just the second time in his nine-year tenure. Athletic director Jim Donovan said Trapasso would be offered a new contract.

Rainbows keep season alive ... for now


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POSTED: Monday, June 07, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. >> David Freitas and Kevin Macdonald hit home runs and Hawaii overcame the loss of expected starter Sam Spangler to keep its season alive with a 12-9 win over San Diego this afternoon at Packard Stadium.

The Rainbows (35-27) will play No. 1 Arizona State (49-8) at 3 p.m. Hawaii time to try and force a winner-take-all game tomorrow in the Tempe regional of the NCAA tournament.

Spangler was a late scratch after feeling tightness in his shoulder. He pitched on two days rest last Sunday in Hawaii’s 9-6 win over Fresno State to clinch a postseason berth.

Macdonald hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to give him 24 for his career, tying him with Greg Oniate for the second most in school history.

Freitas added a three-run homer in the same inning to give him 10 this season. He’s the 13th Rainbow to reach double digits in homers in a season and fifth to do it in the last two years.

Zach Gallagher filled in for Spangler and allowed one run through the first five innings.

UH imploded in the sixth, giving up five runs on only two hits. Two errors and three walks led to the Toreros (37-22) taking a 6-4 lead.

UH quickly regained the lead with four runs in the sixth and seventh innings to go up 12-6.

Gallagher allowed five runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings with three walks and three strikeouts.

Blair Walters (2-1) got the win in relief, giving up three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

USD scored three times in the ninth inning to cut the lead in half. Tony Strazzara hit an RBI single and an error by Collin Bennett in center allowed a second runner to score and Strazzara to take third. Zach Kometani brought Strazzara in to score on a groundout.

Greg Garcia finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs and Freitas had three hits, drove in four runs and scored twice.

Matt Hauser (4-3) was credited with the loss, giving up five hits and five runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Teen arrested for allegedly using bad check to buy used car


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POSTED: Monday, June 07, 2010

Police arrested an 18-year-old man today for allegedly using a bad check to purchase a used car.

Last month, a 34-year-old Kalihi man posted an advertisement selling his vehicle on Craigslist, an online classified ad site. 

The teenager contacted the seller and they arranged to meet last month. The victim gave the vehicle, keys and a temporary vehicle registration to the suspect, who paid with a check. When the victim tried to cash the check, it bounced. 

On June 3, the victim tried to contact the suspect but was not successful and reported the incident to police as an auto theft.

At about 1:30 this morning, police saw a vehicle enter the Keehi Lagoon Boat Harbor without its lights on. An officer ran a license plate check, and found that it was the vehicle that has been reported stolen.

Police arrested the teenager on suspicion of auto theft. 

US, Japan navy officers attend alliance symposium


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010


Junior officers in the Japanese and U.S. navies are due to participate in a symposium at Pearl Harbor on the U.S.-Japan security treaty this week.


U.S. Pacific Fleet said the symposium is being held to “;infuse junior officers with a deeper sense of the importance of the relationship between the two navies and how this relationship contributes to maritime security in Northeast Asia.”;


Senior navy officials from both nations will be on hand, including U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead and the chief of staff of Japan's navy, Adm. Keiji Akahoshi.


U.S. and Japanese service members are also due to lay wreaths on Wednesday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Firefighters rescue man who fell asleep on a Pearl City trail


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

A man who passed on a trail above Waimano Home Road called 9-1-1 for help when he woke up after dark last night, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said.


The man said he took the bus to the top of Waimano Home Road and hiked in earlier in the day and it was dark when he woke up, fire department spokesman Capt. Earle Kealoha said.


The fire department received the call just after 11 p.m. The fire department helicopter and a fire rescue team were dispatched to the trailhead. Firefighters reached the man about a half-hour later and escorted him back to the trailhead.

Star-Advertiser lifts off tomorrow


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which will become the largest of Black Press Ltd.'s 150 newspapers, is expected to be a profitable publication with a long-term commitment to Hawaii.

David Black, majority owner of the newspaper, said the company is “;determined to put out a good paper,”; adding that most board members are local, “;and it's important to them that we can do a good job for the community.”;

The Star-Advertiser begins publication tomorrow with a newsroom staff of 117, the largest news-gathering and reporting staff in the state, and larger than the staff of 111 at the Advertiser on May 1.

Advertisers will achieve the second-highest market penetration levels in the nation, behind Wilkes-Barre, Pa., said Dennis Francis, president of the Black subsidiary Oahu Publications Inc. and publisher of the Star-Advertiser.

“;Our penetration will reach over 50 percent of the households,”; Francis said. “;Our full expectation is to be a very healthy, profitable newspaper for many, many years to come.”;

               

     

 

 

IN THE NEW STAR-ADVERTISER

        Here are some Honolulu Advertiser columnists, features and comics that will appear in the new Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

       

» Sports columnist Ferd Lewis
        » Columnist Lee Cataluna
        » Dave Shapiro's “;Volcanic Ash”;
        » Entertainment columnist Wayne Harada
        » John Rosemond's “;Parent Power”;
        » Ohana baby pictures
        » Daily “;Word Jumble”;
        » Kathleen Saxe's “;The Word Game”;
        » Daily New York Times crossword puzzle
        » Jeff Chung's “;K-Drama”;
        » “;Annie's Mailbox”;

       

COMICS

       

Daily versions of:

       

» “;Baby Blues”;
        » “;Retail”;
        » “;Frazz”;
        » “;Pickles”;
        » “;Pearls Before Swine”;
        » “;Luann”;

        Sunday versions of:

        » “;For Better or For Worse”;

        » “;Pearls Before Swine”;

        » “;Retail”;

        » “;Dilbert”;

        » “;Mother Goose & Grimm”;

        » “;Frazz”;

        » “;Sally Forth”;

        » “;Red and Rover”;

        » “;Beetle Bailey”;

        » “;Jump Start”;

        » “;Between Friends”;

       

 

       

The Star-Advertiser should be profitable immediately, said Rick O'Connor, Black Press' chief operating officer.

Hawaii's isolation makes it attractive for a newspaper, said Black, who bought the Star-Bulletin more than nine years ago and closed on the purchase of the Advertiser last month.

“;You don't have interloping papers, so whatever available revenue is all yours and doesn't get siphoned off,”; Black said.

Despite all the gloom and doom about the print media industry, if there is only one paper in a metro market it will be profitable, said newspaper analyst John Morton. “;It just may not be as profitable as newspapers used to be.”;

Paid circulation for the broadsheet, which will have characteristics of both papers, is expected to reach about 135,000 daily and 150,000 Sunday, Francis said. The Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, formerly Black's largest acquisition, has a paid circulation of about 105,000 daily and 134,000 Sunday, he said.

Advertising prices will reflect the Star-Advertiser's broader reach, Francis said, and sponsorships and editorial features are being evaluated.

The preservation of democracy is the role Black identifies as most important to the Star-Advertiser and the handful of other dailies in his chain.

“;I don't know how our version of democracy would work without them,”; he said. “;You need someone reporting on government and bringing the opposition's point of view to the community. The only people that can do that are in the big newsrooms.”;

 

Boy's organs will save others


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

Shirley and Lamar De Rego of Waimea prayed for a miracle Monday when their 14-year-old son was airlifted to Honolulu with head injuries after a golf cart crash.

Bronson Duke Nainoa De Rego, a Honokaa High School freshman, died Thursday at the Queen's Medical Center but his organs saved the lives of at least three people, his mother said.

“;God performed a multitude of miracles in our son's name,”; she said.

The boy was flown to Queen's after falling from the back of a golf cart on Mana Road in Waimea on the Big Island. He was one of three passengers in the cart, driven by a 15-year-old girl.

The De Regos, who have been in Honolulu since Monday, planned to talk to the families of the children involved in the accident to find out what happened.

Police said the boy was riding in the back of the cart and fell off when the driver made a sharp left turn into a driveway. Traffic investigators began a negligent-homicide investigation and ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

“;Duke was a beautiful young boy, a very kind young man with a very gentle heart,”; his mother said. “;He was loved by our community. He was just a great kid.

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“;It's a tragedy what happened to our son. ... but out of this tragedy Duke was able to bless other people and that's the miracle for us,”; she said. “;People were at the bedside of loved ones praying for a gift to help them. We know how that is because we were at the bedside of our son praying for his life.”;

When the doctor in charge said everything possible was done for their son, she said, “;My husband and I had a discussion about donating our son's organs to help other people.”;

The De Regos lost a 10-year-old son, Alexander “;Alika,”; five years ago during a camping and fishing trip on the South Kona shoreline. An intensive search was unable to find the boy.

Lamar De Rego is an instructor-coordinator for the Hawaii Laborer's Training Program and his wife is branch manager for a mortgage company.

To lose two young sons within five years is “;unthinkable,”; she said. “;But we are firm believers that God has a plan for us. Our faith is pulling us through this time.”;

She said 80 to 100 people went to Queen's this week from the Big Island and Oahu to see the boy and pray with the family.

“;He was a great, great, great son, so cheerful and so loving,”; said the boy's grandmother, Eloise Martin of Honolulu. “;He lit up a room. People in Waimea loved him so much.”;

Martin said her grandson had a beautiful heart and eyes and she wants to meet the people who receive them. “;They'll be blessed and they're blessing Dukie.”;

Shirley De Rego said her son “;was a great baseball player”; who planned to try out for the sophomore team in the fall and he also was in a boxing club. He played football last year and was going to attend a “;Just Win Football Camp”; in Hilo this month.

He trained to keep in shape, getting up at 4:30 a.m. every day to work out at a gym with his father before school, his mother said.

He was about 6 feet tall, weighed about 235 pounds, and was “;a handsome, kind, gentle-spirited boy,”; she said. “;He was my partner because he was the last one home.”;

His siblings include brothers Lamar Auwae De Rego and Kaleo Gambill and sisters Ululii Sansano, Ulu Aloha Naumu and Ululani Faitau.

A celebration of his life will be planned.

 

Best birthday for Pu'u-Warren


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY » Until last night, Kanani Pu'u-Warren had never had the chance to be on the receiving end of the Hawaii softball team's birthday tradition.

For the previous three years, her June birthday meant the Rainbow Wahine season had ended by the time her turn rolled around. But UH's run to the Women's College World Series allowed her to finally get her “;birthday slaps.”;

After UH's season-ending 5-1 loss to Arizona, the team formed a tunnel along the right-field line at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and Pu'u-Warren crawled through, with each player giving her a whack as she passed.

“;It means so much to get 'em on this field. I'm sure a lot of people saw it because the camera guy was on me, and I'm glad I was able to experience it,”; said Pu'u-Warren, her hair and jersey smeared with green cupcake frosting.

“;It's bittersweet because I didn't want it to end this way, but all good things come to an end some time.”;

               

     

 

 

WAHINE'S ROAD

        The Hawaii softball team's postseason had it playing 13 games in 24 days.

       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

             

             

               

             

             

               

             

             

               

               

               

             

             

               

               

               

             

             

               

               

               

             

             

               

             

             

               

             

             

               

               

               

             

             

               

               

               

             

             

               

               

               

             

             

               

             

             

               

             

             

               

               

               

             

             

               

               

               

             

             

               

               

               

             

         

       

WAC TOURNAMENT
At Las Cruces, N.M.
May 13vs. SJSU16-8
May 14vs. Fresno St.16-1
May 15vs. Fresno St.3-4
May 15vs. Fresno St.14-3

 

               

NCAA REGIONAL
At Stanford, Calif.
May 21 vs. UC Davis 10-2
May 22 at Stanford 6-3
May 23 vs. Texas Tech

7-1

               

 

               

NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
At Tuscaloosa, Ala.
May 29 at Alabama 0-8
May 29 at Alabama 8-7
May 30 at Alabama

5-4

               

 

               

WCWS
At Oklahoma city
June 3 vs. Missouri 3-2
June 4 UCLA 2-5
June 5 Arizona 1-5

       

 

       

       

Pu'u-Warren was among five UH seniors whose careers closed last night as a remarkable run to Oklahoma City finally ended. The Wahine will also bid farewell to catcher Katie Grimes, catcher Tasha Pagdilao, first baseman Amanda Tauali'i and second baseman Traci Yoshikawa.

Yoshikawa homered in her final collegiate game and Pu'u-Warren made a diving catch in right field in the fourth inning.

Pu'u-Warren will return to Hawaii today along with much of the team and will start an internship as a medical technologist at Kuakini Medical Center.

“;I just hope to see everyone here next year,”; she said. “;I know that's the new goal.”;

 

History repeats

There were two common threads in Hawaii's only two College World Series appearances—Eric Okasaki and Arizona.

It's been 30 years since the UH baseball team's trip to Omaha, when Okasaki accompanied the 1980 Rainbows as the team trainer.

He filled that same capacity for the Rainbow Wahine this year, making him the only member of the school with ties to both magical seasons.

“;Although (the 1980 Rainbows) were always underdogs, that didn't make a difference,”; Okasaki said earlier in the week. “;That's the kind of feeling this team has.”;

And just as in 1980, it was Arizona that ended UH's national championship hopes last night.

 

Aches added up

Hawaii's starting nine had remained fairly intact since the start of the conference season. A rare change came last night when shortstop Jessica Iwata aggravated a leg injury and had to leave the game after making a tough throw to end the second inning.

She missed an at-bat and sat out the third inning in the field before returning in the fourth. Dara Pagaduan, who had seen mostly pinch-running duties since midseason, entered the game at second base, with Yoshikawa moving to shortstop for an inning.

All-America third baseman Melissa Gonzalez also left the game early. UH head coach Bob Coolen said she had been dealing with shoulder and elbow injuries as well as migraines.

“;Our players are banged up after 28 days on the road,”; Coolen said.

 

'Til we meet again

Iwata figures to be back in Oklahoma City this summer as a member of the USA Softball Women's Futures National Team. The team is scheduled to play in the World Cup of Softball at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in July.

“;It's been a long season and it's always everyone's dream to be able to play in this stadium and I felt we really deserved to be here,”; Iwata said.

 

Chinatown clean up


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

Chinatown residents welcomed help from about 300 volunteers yesterday, who blotted out graffiti and picked up trash ranging from cigarette butts to drug paraphernalia.

“;From all over the island they came,”; said 73-year-old Dolores Mollring, who heads the Downtown-Chinatown Citizens Patrol. “;It's so heartwarming and wonderful because Chinatown is my home.”;

City crews began the cleanup Friday night by removing large items, including shopping carts containing the belongings of homeless living in Chinatown, ahead of yesterday morning's police-led effort, said Sgt. Larry Santos, head of community policing in central Honolulu.

About a month ago, police began educating the homeless about laws about camping out in parks, and began enforcing the laws a couple weeks later, Santos said.

From April 19 to May 31, police issued 36 citations for shopping carts, which are illegal in city parks, as are tents. But there's no law prohibiting shopping carts or people from occupying sidewalks as long as ample space is given for pedestrians, Santos said.

Yesterday's joint effort was the second Project C.L.E.A.N. (Community Lokahi to Enrich our Aina Now), part of police Chief Louis Kealoha's initiative to reduce crime by empowering residents to take back their neighborhoods.

Police worked with a community group called the Friends of Chinatown, formed to help revitalize the area and improve Chinatown's image.

Merchants donated food, including roast suckling pig, to feed the volunteers.

Victor Nhieu, 13, who lives at Kukui Tower, spent the morning picking up trash - mostly cigarette butts. Hard work? “;Yeah, but it was fun,”; he said, smiling. He plans to spend another Saturday painting columns on River Street.

While picking up trash, police Officer Wendy Atubay said she and fellow officers “;intercepted a drug crack-cocaine buy.”;

“;The people scattered before we realized what was going on,”; she said. “;We found a couple of 'rocks' valued at $25,”; as well as drug paraphernalia.

Joseph Young, 85, lives in Aina Haina, but his family owned a grocery business at Oahu Market and he still spends much of his time at the clubhouse of the Lung Doo Benevolent Society.

“;I like to preserve the cultural aspect of Chinatown,”; Young said.

 

Fourth of July fireworks show needs $30,000 more for blastoff


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

Supporters of Kailua's annual Fourth of July fireworks show are again being asked to dig into their wallets and coin purses to keep the tradition alive.

Brook Gramann and Gloria Garvey are hoping to raise $30,000 in 30 days.

A total of $50,000 is needed to put on the fireworks show at Kailua Beach Park. About $20,000 has been raised and Gramann and Garvey have restarted a grassroots group called “;Save Kailua's Fireworks!”; to come up with the rest.

In the past, the show was organized by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, which withdrew their participation from the event last year. Gramann and other volunteers raised more than $52,000 in two weeks last year to put on the show.

“;We didn't think we would have to do that this year, but we do,”; said Garvey.

Yesterday, Garvey and Gramann collected donations ranging from pennies to $100 and passed out free shave ice to people at Kailua Shopping Center to raise awareness about the effort to save the fireworks show.

“;This really is a grassroots movement which I think makes it even more special,”; said state Sen. Jill Tokuda (D, Kaneohe-Enchanted Lake), who helped greet people and take orders. “;It's something that we want to make sure continues.”;

“;You need a certain amount of money to buy a certain amount of fireworks to make it worth going on,”; said Gramann, who chairs the fundraising committee.

Gramann said they raised about $700 yesterday. The committee has also received contributions from Castle Medical Group, the John King family, Foodland, McDonald's Kailua and the office of state Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R, Kailua-Kaneohe Bay).

If the goal of $30,000 is not met in time, Gramann said checks would be returned and the cash would be saved to put on a fireworks show next year.

There's been a Fourth of July fireworks show in Kailua every year since 1948.

“;Tradition, that's the key word,”; said Scott Carvill, one of the committee members. “;It's kind of the showcase time for Kailua, for people who come from the rest of the island and enjoy what we've got.”;

“;Save Kailua's Fireworks!”; has put up 24 donation boxes at merchants across Kailua. For a list of the participating merchants or how you can donate, visit www.kailuafireworks.com.

 

Plants that block beach paths banned


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

A new law prohibits property owners from using vegetation to block access to Hawaii beaches.

Gov. Linda Lingle signed the measure, HB 1808, last week.

It requires the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to maintain beach transit corridors by prohibiting landowners from using plants to interfere with those paths.

Notices will be given to property owners adjacent to the corridors if vegetation from their properties blocks access to the shoreline.

The department can enforce the law if the vegetation is not cleared within 21 days.

 

Merged papers a chance to do something special


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

My first job was delivering the Advertiser. I was not very good at getting up early.

My second job was delivering the Star-Bulletin. I threw one on somebody's roof, and my newspaper career immediately went on hold.

A few years later in John Simonds' office, he held up four applications; I'd filled out one every summer since my junior year of high school.

“;I guess you're serious about this,”; the editor of the Star-Bulletin said. “;Do you know what a copyboy does?”;

At age 19 I didn't, and still don't—other than whatever someone tells you to do. All I really knew was it was my ticket into the place I wanted to work the rest of my life.

From 1981 to 1998, I spent an ungodly share of my waking hours (and even some sleeping ones) in that beautiful but old and drafty building at 605 Kapiolani Blvd., two stints at the Star-Bulletin sandwiching one at the Advertiser.

AMID THE chaos of the past few months, the fact that this is technically the end of the Star-Bulletin as well as the Advertiser has almost gotten lost in the shuffle. Our newsroom staff and part of the name lives on with the debut of the Star-Advertiser tomorrow, but the change still signals a sentimental loss—one felt as far away as Wingo, Ky.

That's where my favorite sports writer ever, Jim Easterwood, and his wife, Darlene, also a former Star-Bulletin reporter, live a quiet, semi-retired life in a cozy and pretty farmhouse Darlene grew up in.

“;David, say it isn't so,”; read Easterwood's e-mail. (Yes, Pancho's gone high-tech.)

Sadly, it is. So much uncertainty, so many friends out of work. We talked and I tried to explain to Jim it's also an opportunity to do something special. We owe it to those displaced, and of course the community at-large.

WHEN STAR-BULLETIN sports editor Bill Kwon let me do stats and then later cover high school games in 1982, I felt like a kid who'd been called up to the Red Sox (also Bill's favorite team). I was in the same clubhouse as my idols, Easterwood, Paul Carvalho, Rod Ohira, Dick Couch, Al Chase and Randy Cadiente (Randy was also a better athlete than most of the ones we covered). Cindy Luis, who is still with the paper, had just been hired as the Star-Bulletin's first woman sports writer.

They treated me like a nephew or a younger brother, and then as a colleague and friend. In our off-time, we were fantasy sports pioneers and we played mediocre softball and bad golf together.

It was just a couple of years prior that I was throwing papers with their bylines into the bushes and onto roofs.

Ferd Lewis, Ann Miller, Curtis Murayama and Stephen Tsai were among our competitors and friends across the hall. Tomorrow, they bring their talent and combined experience of more than 100 years covering Hawaii sports to the Star-Advertiser.

They join our diverse group of experienced veteran and young energetic sports journalists, including Billy Hull and Jason Kaneshiro, who are on the mainland covering every pitch of the Rainbows and Wahine.

Paul Arnett, the Star-Bulletin's “;lead dog”; as the UH football writer for more than a decade, has led us through rocky times nearly as long as sports editor. He is as excited as the rest of us about the new venture.

Like coaches and players often say as they head into a new season, we think we have a chance to be a really good team.

See you tomorrow, from the Star-Advertiser.

Oh, one more thing: I think we'll have better paperboys than in 1977.

Reach Star-Bulletin sports columnist Dave Reardon at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), his “;Quick Reads”; blog at starbulletin.com, and twitter.com/davereardon.

Hawaii's Capaul gives gutsy effort in unenviable situation


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. » It was basically a lose-lose situation for Hawaii junior Alex Capaul.

His team was already trailing 6-0 in the second inning when he was called on to face Arizona State, the No. 1 team in the country.

The Sun Devils blitzed Hawaii starter Josh Slaats for six runs in 1 1/3 innings, and a lineup featuring five guys hitting .350 or better and more than 100 stolen bases was licking its chops for more.

An early home run by Raoul Torrez didn't deter Capaul, who took a step forward in becoming a key component of the Rainbows starting staff in 2011.

“;I think he can use that for confidence and something to build on,”; Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso said. “;He came in and located, he came in and competed and that's what you have to do.”;

Capaul's final line isn't one to brag about. Ten hits and six runs allowed in seven innings isn't going to cut it on a weekly basis.

But considering the situation and the team he was facing, it was an admirable outing for a kid who was highly recruited out of Lake City High School in Idaho.

After Torrez's home run, Capaul retired 11 of the next 13 batters he faced and put three straight zeros on the board to keep UH in the game as long as he could.

“;One through nine they can take you deep, so you just have to locate and keep them off balance in this park,”; Capaul said. “;There's no question they are the best team we've played.”;

Capaul has been brilliant at times this year, firing a seven-hit shutout against Fresno State and allowing four earned runs in a total of 16 1/3 innings against Pac-10 teams Oregon, Oregon State, Southern California and Stanford.

He leads the team with six wins.

 

Speed kills

It took one at-bat to get a glimpse of the Sun Devils' athleticism.

Leadoff hitter Drew Maggi forced Greg Garcia into an error, blazing down the first-base line to beat out an infield grounder hit two steps to Garcia's right.

Maggi immediately stole second, one of four for the Sun Devils, who have 127 steals this season.

They also forced Slaats to commit an error on a pickoff throw at first, helping ASU to a 4-0 first-inning lead.

“;The talent they have is speed up and down the lineup,”; Trapasso said. “;They are relentless on the bases.”;

Six of ASU's nine starters have at least nine stolen bases, including Maggi, whose season total of 34 is the third-most in school history.

 

Johnson gets one more

After dislocating his shoulder against Sacramento State in mid-April, senior Christian Johnson wasn't sure he'd get to play college baseball again.

Since the Rainbows made a regional, Johnson got enough time to make a comeback, pinch-hitting for the second time in two days. He laced a single up the middle in the ninth inning off of ASU reliever Jimmy Patterson.

Arizona is familiar territory for Johnson, who spent two years playing at Central Arizona Junior College about an hour away.

Memories and hopes fill newspapers' last day


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POSTED: Sunday, June 06, 2010

Workers at The Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin put the last editions of their newspapers to bed last night, ending a storied journalistic rivalry that spanned three centuries.

The mood was somber yesterday as about 20 Advertiser employees worked on the paper and cleared out their work stations. Andy Yamaguchi, who had worked his way up from sports reporter to night city editor over his 30-year career at the Advertiser, finished his last shift on Friday but returned to take pictures.

“;I would rather have had a job, but this is a chance to go through another door and see what's out there,”; Yamaguchi said. “;I'm really happy for all of our guys that got to move over. It will be a good, strong paper.”;

On the final day of production for the Star-Bulletin, most workers were looking ahead. The logo on the newsroom wall sported the familiar blue star, but the name had already been changed to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Yellow caution tape kept workers out of construction areas at the paper's Waterfront Plaza headquarters. A line of chairs, near the front door, was marked with the names of Advertiser workers who will join the newsroom tomorrow.

Star-Bulletin photographer Craig Kojima, who was not working yesterday, visited both newsrooms to witness history and say goodbye to friends.

Although Kojima has worked for the Star-Bulletin for nearly 40 years, he has not forgotten that it was the Advertiser that gave him his start in 1968.

“;It's been a battle all the way through,”; Kojima said. “;It's kind of like a survivor's kind of thing. Now those left have to put out one good paper. It's a very large responsibility.”;

Some 453 layoffs started Friday and continued yesterday, said Star-Advertiser Publisher Dennis Francis, who is also president of the Black Press subsidiary Oahu Publications Inc.

“;While it's a very exciting time to be a part of the first day of a new metropolitan newspaper, it's also with mixed emotion because we are keenly aware that there are hundreds of employees that are without jobs,”; Francis said.

Today is the last day for workers at the Star-Bulletin's Kaneohe press plant, Francis said. Layoffs will come later for Advertiser pressmen, production and delivery workers not offered Star-Advertiser employment, he said. They will be on call until the first week of July, Francis said.

Patrick “;Rick”; DeCosta Jr., who worked as an Advertiser district manager for nearly a decade, said today is the last physical day of work for him and 63 others in his department.

“;I worry for the guys for have been doing this job for 20 or 30 years,”; DeCosta said. “;Where are they going to go? Outside of the Star-Advertiser, there aren't any papers to deliver.”;

Tomorrow, the first edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser will be published in the consolidation of the 128-year-old Star-Bulletin and nearly 154-year-old Advertiser.

The Star-Advertiser debuts with 474 employees, including about 274 from the Advertiser and 200 from Oahu Publications, Francis said. The company still needs to fill about 15 part-time inserter jobs at its Kapolei plant, he said.

 

KEY EVENTS IN STAR-BULLETIN HISTORY

Feb. 1, 1882: Henry Whitney, who had founded the Pacific Commercial Advertiser some years before, began placing a “;Daily Bulletin”; in the window of James Robertson's Honolulu waterfront stationery store. It's such a sensation that Robertson bought the concept from Whitney and hired him as editor of Hawaii's first successful daily newspaper.

March 28, 1893: Two months after Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown, businessman Joseph Ballard Atherton founded the Hawaiian Star as a mouthpiece for the provisional government.

July 4, 1894: The Republic of Hawaii was established, and Whitney's successor as Advertiser editor was New Englander Wallace Rider Farrington. While Farrington edited the Advertiser, it was purchased by Lorrin Thurston. Disagreeing with Advertiser policies, Farrington became editor of the competing Daily Bulletin.

July 1, 1912: The Hawaiian Star and Evening Bulletin merged to form the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Riley Allen became editor. Joseph Ballard Atherton and sons Charles H. and Frank Cooke became owners of the Star-Bulletin, the latter becoming the first Star-Bulletin president. Wallace Farrington became vice president and general business manager.

1925: The Honolulu Star-Bulletin bought the Tribune-Herald in Hilo, operating it from afar until the Big Island paper was divested to Donrey Media in 1964.

July 6, 1929: After Wallace Farrington completed eight years as territorial governor, Frank Cooke Atherton turned control of the Star-Bulletin over to Farrington, who was named president and publisher.

Dec. 7, 1941: On the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Star-Bulletin published its most famous extra, as Editor Riley Allen and staff scrambled to print the first paper in the world with news of the assault. Extras were being sold on the street within three hours.

Nov. 3, 1942: Joseph Farrington, Star-Bulletin president and general manager, was elected nonvoting Hawaii delegate to Congress. He was re-elected in 1944, 1946, 1948, 1950 and 1952.

Bill Ewing, Star-Bulletin editor, was credited with creating the slang term “;SeaBee”; for the U.S. Navy's construction battalions.

Oct. 24, 1944: Wartime martial law ended in Hawaii. The Star-Bulletin had strongly opposed martial law from its inception shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack.

Dec. 1, 1952: The Honolulu Star-Bulletin partnered with radio man Cec Heftel to open KGMB-TV, Hawaii's first television station, airing for the first time.

April 17, 1953: In response to a statement by Mississippi's Sen. James Eastland that Hawaii was dominated by Communists and would, if granted statehood, send representatives of Moscow to Congress, the Star-Bulletin devoted most of its front page, all of page 2 and part of page 3 to listing the names of Hawaii's dead, wounded, missing and prisoners in the 1950-53 Korean War.

March 9, 1957: Star-Bulletin reporter Sarah Park, 29, died when a small plane piloted by Hawaii advertising executive Paul Beam crashed into the sea just off Laie Point while covering tidal wave action. Beam, 42, died less than 24 hours later. Star-Bulletin photographer Jack Matsumoto survived the crash with injuries, eventually returning to work.

1959: The Star-Bulletin publishes its famous statehood editions. The most famous picture - Chester Kahapea hawking statehood editions two days before his 13th birthday - appears March 13. The picture, snapped by Murray Befeler of Photo Hawaii, is picked up by such newspapers as the New York Times and New York Daily News.

July 22, 1960: Riley Allen steps down as editor after 48 years. Star-Bulletin circulation during his career rose from about 4,000 in 1912 to 104,000 in 1960. He had overseen coverage of two of Hawaii's biggest stories - the Pearl Harbor attack and statehood.

1961: A “;hui”; including Chinn Ho, Joseph Ballard Atherton, Alexander Atherton, William H. Hill and John T. Waterhouse forms to buy the Star-Bulletin from the Farrington Estate.

June 1, 1962: The Star-Bulletin and its morning rival, the Honolulu Advertiser, set up a third company, the Hawaii Newspaper Agency, under a joint operating agreement to handle non-newsroom functions of both papers. The Sunday editions of both papers are combined.

Aug. 2, 1971: Gannett Co. Inc. announces it is purchasing the Star-Bulletin, which now has a circulation of 128,000.

Jan. 7, 1993: Gannett announces it has reached an agreement to sell the Star-Bulletin to Rupert Phillips' Liberty Newspapers Limited Partnership in a move that will allow Gannett to complete its acquisition of the Honolulu Advertiser. Star-Bulletin circulation is 88,000.

Aug. 9, 1997: The Star-Bulletin publishes the “;Broken Trust”; essay by five community leaders critical of Bishop Estate trustees. This leads to investigations, court actions and statewide soul-searching to bring about corrective action. The $1 million-a-year Bishop Estate trustees are eventually toppled and reforms are set in motion.

Sept. 16, 1999: Liberty Newspapers announces it will shut down the Star-Bulletin on Oct. 30 because of better investment opportunities on the mainland. Circulation is 67,124. A group of community members called Save Our Star-Bulletin bands together in an effort to keep the paper alive.

Oct. 13, 1999: District Judge Alan Kay issues a preliminary injuction in federal court keeping Gannett Co. and Liberty Newspapers from taking further steps to close the Star-Bulletin. On Nov. 9 the court approves Black Press Ltd.'s purchase of the Star-Bulletin. In December Black Press owner David Black announces he is purchasing RFD Publications, which owns MidWeek.

Nov. 9, 2000: The federal court approved Black Press Ltd.'s purchase of the Star-Bulletin. The order comes after Black Press reached agreement with Liberty and Gannett over the terms of the Star-Bulletin takeover.

March 15, 2001: The Honolulu Star-Bulletin begins a new era at Waterfront Plaza offices, launching its inaugural edition and new morning issue under Oahu Publications, a new local company formed by David Black. Don Kendall is named publisher. The paper is published on the MidWeek press in Kaneohe.

June 3, 2004: David Black scored another coup when two former Advertiser executives joined the Star-Bulletin. Dennis Francis was named president of Oahu Publications Inc. and publisher of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Glenn Zuehls was named vice president of advertising.

Feb. 25: An agreement for Oahu Publications Inc., which owns the Star-Bulletin and MidWeek, to acquire its longtime rival, The Honolulu Advertiser, is announced in simultaneous meetings in both newsrooms.

June 6: At the conclusion of the transition period, Oahu Publications merges both newspapers into the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, under publisher Dennis Francis.