By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, May 31, 1999

Hawaii 2000

Kamehameha ruled
all Hawaiian islands

Kamehameha the Great was born on the Big Island's Kohala Coast around 1758. In 1782 he began his campaign to unify the Hawaiian Islands, culminating in 1795 with the Battle of Nuuanu. Kamehameha's Kingdom of Hawaii was completed when island King Kaumualii ceded Kauai to him.

Among his acts as king, Kamehameha issued the 1797 Edict of the Splintered Paddle: He declared that innocent, defenseless travelers would be safe from unprovoked attack, even from his own chiefs, and violations were punishable by death.

Kamehameha died in 1819. He was succeeded by his son, Liholiho, then generations of descendants in the Kamehameha lineage, until the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893.

Star-Bulletin staff


Pearl-based ship off to training program

The USS Frederick, a Pearl Harbor-based amphibious landing ship, will sail tomorrow for a joint training exercise with armed forces of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Along with three San Diego-based Navy ships, its crew will participate in the fifth annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training program featuring anti-submarine, anti-air, amphibious warfare and diving salvage operations. Participants will also cooperate in humanitarian projects.

The Frederick acts as a primary assault training platform for Marines in the South Pacific.

NASA employees share expertise at State Fair

NASA's work involving the Hawaiian Islands is featured in a science exhibit at this year's 50th State Fair.

Personnel from the space agency worked at the exhibit through today, sharing their expertise.

They're teaching University of Hawaii students about the exhibit so they can take over Friday through Sunday, then June 11-13 and 17-20.

The exhibit shows the work of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, with infrared images taken of the islands.

The fair is open at Aloha Stadium from noon to midnight today, 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Thursday, June 17, and noon to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.

For ticket information, call 682-5767.

Island Digest

Kara Saiki, a junior at Iolani School, has been awarded the Japan-U.S. Senate scholarship and will represent Hawaii while living with a host family in Japan this summer.

Saiki, 17, was among 400 students who applied for the program administered by Youth for Understanding International Exchange.

She will return to Hawaii Aug. 2.

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Police, Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Shooting victim says perpetrators unknown

Honolulu police are investigating a shooting in Kalihi that injured a 19-year-old Palolo man.

Police responded to a call about gunshots near School and Liliha streets Saturday night and found the victim, who told police he was confronted by several men near the Hawaiian Electric Co. substation. The victim said the men asked him his name and started shooting.

As he ran away, he felt a pain in his right side. The man, who suffered a minor wound near his armpit, told police he did not know the suspects.

No information on the victim's condition was released.

Coast Guard rescues 49 on smuggling ship

The Coast Guard says it rescued 49 people Saturday from a sinking vessel suspected of smuggling Asian immigrants to the United States.

The vessel sank 90 miles north of Guam as it was being escorted to Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands by the Coast Guard cutter Kukui.

The Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau intercepted the vessel on Friday. A boarding team found the undocumented Asian immigrants in a cargo hold during an inspection conducted with the permission of the vessel's master.

A few hours into the escort, the migrant vessel's engines quit, and the boat began taking on water from a ruptured fitting in the engine room.

The cutter Kukui sent rescue pumps to slow the flooding and launched a boat to ferry the passengers and crew to safety.

The passengers and crew will be turned over to the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Tinian.

The Coast Guard said it has intercepted 17 vessels this year attempting to smuggle illegal immigrants from China to Guam. Eleven vessels have been intercepted in the last two months.

Big Isle fire leaves 8 people homeless

Three adults and five children are homeless after a fire in North Kohala on the Big Island.

The plantation-style home on Akoni Pule Highway was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.

The fire caused an estimated $130,000 damage, but no injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

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