By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, May 17, 1999

Tracie from Hilo
says, 'Hi, I did it!'

Associated Press

Tracie Matsumoto of Hilo, Hawaii, gets a flower lei from
her mother, Jean, after receiving her degree in horticulture
from Purdue University over the weekend in West Lafayette, Ind.


E.Timorese Nobel
winner to speak

Jose Ramos-Horta, co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, will give a public lecture at 4 p.m. May 24 in the East-West Center's Jefferson Hall, Keoni Room.

His topic: "The Struggle for Peace and Justice in East Timor: Its Impact Throughout the Pacific Region."

Ramos-Horta is chief negotiator at the United Nations for the East Timorese people.

Ramos-Horta's talk is sponsored by the UH Matsunaga Institute for Peace and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences Nobel Laureate Lecture Series.


Visitor industry charity event raises $777,304

More than 13,800 people participated in this weekend's Visitor Industry Charity Walk, raising $777,304 -- the highest amount in five years -- to benefit 150 organizations.

By island, Oahu raised the most money -- $290,000 --- with 8,200 walkers. On the neighbor islands, the Big Island led the way, bringing in $175,000 with 2,000 participants; followed by Maui, $172,000 with 1,500 walkers; and Kauai, $140,304 and 2,126 people.

The charity walk is sponsored by the Hawaii Hotel Association.

In other news...

Bullet Retired Vice Adm. Robert Kihune, interim chairman of the Bishop Estate board of trustees, will meet with the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association at its Oahu general membership meeting at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the elementary school dining hall.

Bullet David Galeai, 20, won the 1999 World Fire Knife Dance Competition last night at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. Ifi So'o of Maui was second, Ahchew Tafiti of Laie third.

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Police, Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Driver killed in crash on Big Island bridge

HILO -- A Big Island man was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck and struck a van Saturday night, police said.

The victim, Howland Miles, 26, of Hilo was crossing the bridge at the mouth of the Wailuku River at 10:06 p.m. when the accident happened.

After hitting the right railing of the bridge, Miles' truck was knocked into the path of the oncoming van. Four people in the van were taken to Hilo Hospital for treatment.

Miles' death is the sixth traffic fatality of the year on the Big Island, compared with 15 at the same time last year.

Retired firefighter's body found on Kauai

ANAHOLA, Kauai -- A week-long search for missing hiker William Parton Jr. ended Friday when his body was found at the foot of Kalalea Ridge. Parton had gone hiking on May 6 to celebrate his 59th birthday and never returned.

The Kauai Fire Department said it appeared Parton died of head injuries suffered in a fall. Kauai police are investigating.

After five days of searching, the fire department stopped mid-week. Parton's family and volunteers continued to search. Friday morning, family friends found his body under a thick canopy of trees.

Parton had recently moved to Kauai from Oahu. His family said he was a retired Honolulu firefighter.

In other news ...

Bullet KEAUHOU, Hawaii -- An unoccupied single-story house owned by Lawrence Hawelu of Kurtistown, valued at $200,000, burned to the ground shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Neighbors said they heard an explosion in the kitchen before the fire.

Bullet Police raided a pawn shop Friday and recovered jewelry reported stolen in three East Honolulu burglaries.

The owner of A-1 Pawn Shop at 1157 N. King St. was booked on multiple counts of possessing stolen property and was released pending further investigation.

Bullet WAILUKU -- Maui fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire at Bob's Mechanic Shop in the Kahului industrial area this morning.

Assistant Fire Chief Richard Fernandez said damage to the structure totaled about $2,000. An automatic sprinkler system, triggered when the fire started, caused some water damage.

Firefighters were called to the fire at 250 Alamaha St. at 1:44.

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