By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, April 12, 1999

YMCA survey to identify programs youths need

With $360,000 in grants from the Hawaii Community Foundation, an additional $215,000 of its own money and a $50,000 grant from Aloha United Way, the YMCA of Honolulu has started a program to identify the special programs needed and wanted by youths in Hawaii.

The program will use teen-agers from the Y to help with the three-year survey, dubbed the YouthMapping Program.

The YMCA is also expected to launch a fund drive for the additional $110,000 needed over the next two years for the program.

"We believe this YouthMapping Program will provide a significant breakthrough in helping all of us to better serve the young people of Hawaii," said Don Anderson, president of YMCA of Honolulu.

"Once we know what our youths want and need, we will work with them to facilitate new projects and programs which address their needs."

About 350 young people will be trained to survey 30 communities across the state.



Giraffes delayed

By Gary T. Kubota, Star-Bulletin

WAILUKU -- Gale storm weather predicted during the weekend has contributed to blowing away plans for the arrival today of the giraffes Momi and Maikai from Molokai to Maui, according to Keiki Zoo Maui official Wanda Riggs.

Donated by Molokai Ranch, the 12-foot-tall giraffes, weighing 1,200 pounds each, are to be exotic additions to the nonprofit zoo in Kula.

The anticipated arrival of Momi and Maikai has already raised high interest in a zoo of some 150 animals on the slopes of Haleakala.

Will Momi and Maikai have star quality, or are they reaching as high-profile types? Will the zoo's former star, Louie D. Llama, accept second billing?

Riggs says the answers to many questions will have to wait awhile, at least until the two arrive on a Young Brothers Ltd. barge on April 25, weather permitting.

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Police, Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Pool chemical spill follows two-truck crash in Nanakuli

A truck spilled pool-cleaning chemicals that mixed and became toxic in Nanakuli this morning after a vehicular accident, according to fire and police officials.

The accident happened around 5:30 a.m. near Farrington Highway and Helelua Street. The driver of the pool-cleaning truck ran a red light and broadsided a pickup truck, police said.

Traffic was blocked temporarily following the accident.

Both drivers were treated at the hospital and released.

Hazardous-material firefighters neutralized the spill, involving several gallons of chlorine and muriatic acid. They cleaned it up by 8 a.m.

Rifle shots at driverlead to man's arrest

Police arrested a North Shore man yesterday for allegedly trying to kill a rival.

The victim was hit in the chest by gunfire that shattered the front and back windshields of his truck at 2:15 a.m. yesterday in Kaaawa. He was taken to Kahuku Hospital, treated and released.

The victim left a gas station in Kaaawa, when he saw the suspect standing near the road pointing a rifle at him. He said he drove at the suspect to scare him, and as he drove away, a bullet shattered his cab.

Police arrested the suspect for attempted second-degree murder.

Off-duty cop nabs man breaking into his car

An off-duty police officer working as a security guard arrested a man for breaking into his car and trying to grab his gun.

The officer saw a man run from Restaurant Row to the Federal Building parking lot and break his car's windshield at 11:30 p.m. yesterday. The officer struggled with the man, and the man tried to take the officer's gun.

The officer arrested the suspect, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

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