By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, February 4, 1999


By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
Star-Bulletin columnist Dave Donnelly gave Yvonne Landavazo
a hug after he spotted her in the crowd outside of Hawaii Theatre
last night. Donnelly, who has been writing his column for 30 years,
was "roasted" at the theater in a benefit for Hawaii Public Television.

Women's legal group accepting
applications for grant requests

Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation is now accepting applications for 1999 grant requests from organizations and projects that help improve the legal status of women and children in Hawaii.

Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation has made grants in the past to Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline, Na Loio No Na Kanaka, Parents and Children Together, and Family Planning Centers of Hawaii.

The foundation's deadline for receipt of grant applications is March 8.

For more information about applications or grants, call Bernice Littman at 521-9219.

Residents help contain brush fire in Makakilo

Firefighters yesterday quickly contained a Makakilo brush fire, despite windy conditions, with the help of neighbors.

Battalion Chief Joe Coe praised Mahamai Loop residents for maintaining a fire break between brush and their home and said the effort prevented a quickly spreading gully fire from doing serious damage to homes.

County and federal firefighting units responded to the 2:48 p.m. alarm and reported the fire contained at 4:08 p.m. The fire was in a gully separating Mahamai Loop and the Palehua Nani townhouse complex.

Coe reported minor damage to several houses.

"If it wasn't for the (fire) break, we'd be sweating bullets hoping the fire wouldn't reach our fence," Mahamai Loop resident Les Lippincott said.

The city employed its new "Brush 40" unit in yesterday's firefight.

The off-road vehicle, which can carry 500 gallons of water, was donated by California firefighters. The Kapolei-based vehicle's versatility gives firefighters a chance to get water in hard-to-reach spots at the head of a fire.

UH grad gets 4 years in Chinese prison

BEIJING -- A Chinese court today sentenced dissident Wang Ce to four years in prison for sneaking back into his homeland and funding subversive activities, his wife said.

Tang Xuanzhong said an official of the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court telephoned her with the news.

Wang, who earned a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Hawaii after leaving China in the early 1980s, was the fifth activist jailed since mid-December in a broad crackdown on dissent.

He is chairman of the largest overseas Chinese pro-democracy organization, the Alliance for a Democratic China, which is based in Spain.

Tang said her husband, 49, would appeal against the sentence but she was not optimistic the verdict would be overturned.

Wang sneaked into China by boat from Portuguese-run Macau in October. He was arrested in the eastern city of Hangzhou last November and charged on December 10 with illegal entry and funding subversive activities.

Castle Hospital hosting talk on healthy foods

Gene Spiller, a nutritionist who holds doctorates from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Milan in Italy, will speak at a Castle Hospital Healing Foods Forum from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the hospital.

He will discuss foods and nutritional secrets of ancient cultures that can contribute to health and disease prevention.

Those interested in hearing Spiller and registering for a free seminar on nutrition may call 254-8737.

State scrutinizes sport called ultimate fighting

The state continues to evaluate ultimate fighting, which played to a Blaisdell Arena crowd Tuesday night.

The Regulated Industries Complaints Office may release its findings early next week.

"We're still evaluating it," said Sharon On Leng, complaints and enforcement officer. "We will be making our conclusions as soon as we can evaluate all of that together."

A somewhat raucous audience watched the 15 bouts on the card of "Super Brawl XI."

State investigators attended as ordinary spectators to spot possible law violations. Fighters clad in shorts also wore light gloves, mouthpieces and groin protection.

A 1997 state law prohibits blows that place fighters at risk of serious injury.

The bouts were reported to be conducted under Greek Pankration rules. Pankration backers say the sport may be described as a unique synthesis of all-out kickboxing and submission wrestling.

Drive hopes to amass 375,000 pounds of food

The 10th annual Food Drive begins with a kickoff breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom.

The goals for the food drive on April 17 are to raise 375,000 pounds of food and $250,000. Special guests at the breakfast include first lady Vicky Cayetano, Miss Hawaii Jennifer Hera, Pastor Art Sepulveda from Word of Life, a KGMB/KSSK celebrity team and the Royal Hawaiian Band.

For more information, call the Hawaii Foodbank at 836-3600.

Bill would bar fed control of hydropower projects

U.S. Sen Daniel Akaka has introduced a bill to bar the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from licensing hydropower projects on Hawaii rivers.

The bill preserves state authority to license hydropower projects when the commission denies an application for a federal license.

Since Hawaii has no interstate rivers, Akaka sees little basis for federal control.



bullet State chief election officer Dwayne Yoshina was not a civil service employee before 1995, as reported yesterday. The report was based on erroneous information provided by the state Department of Human Resources Development.

bullet Lillian Yajima is a long-time volunteer for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Her daughter, Lenny, won the festival's queen pageant in 1986. Their names were spelled incorrectly in an article Tuesday.

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Police, Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Pearl City man, 39, is booked
as a suspect in the stabbing
death of a Waiau woman

A 39-year-old Pearl City man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 43-year-old woman who lived at a Waiau residence.

The man told police he found her bleeding in the bathroom of the home at 98-442 Hoono St. shortly before 7 last evening, police said. He said he went to several houses asking neighbors to call for an ambulance.

The woman, identified by neighbors and police as Eleanor "Ellie" Wimberly, was pronounced dead at Pali Momi Hospital at 7:50 p.m.

He told investigators he had returned home and had to break into the house when he got no answer and did not have a key.

The woman reportedly was stabbed in the neck and chest, but homicide Lt. Allen Napoleon declined comment on specific injuries, noting only that there were "several injuries to the body."

The suspect, of Palamoi Street, was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Boy arrested in stabbing at a Palolo playground

Police yesterday arrested a boy suspected of stabbing another boy at a Palolo playground.

The suspect was booked for attempted murder and released to his parents.

The stabbing victim was treated for minor injuries, police said.

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