By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, August 13, 1999

Hawaii 2000

On the waterfront

HONOLULU Harbor today is an organized operation of cargo-container ships, cruise ships, and gentrified waterfront recreation and tourism areas.

Certainly much-changed from 175 years ago, when its first humble wharf was built in 1825 to provide berthing for ships: It was created by hauling an old sunken hulk down to the foot of Nuuanu Street.

As related in "Hawaii: Our Island State" by Norris W. Potter, ships entered the harbor under full sail, then were towed in by lines tossed to Hawaiians at dockside. "The tow path was along Richards Street, then the only straight street in the waterfront area," Potter recounted.

Later, oxen then steam tugs did the towing. And as Honolulu grew from a little village into a booming trade and merchant town in the mid-1800s, the waterfront between Fort and Alakea streets was filled in to offer more wharfage for ships.

Taketa replaces Kupau at Carpenters Union

Ron Taketa has been named business representative of the Hawaii Carpenters Union, Local 745, succeeding the late Walter Kupau.

Taketa also was named acting financial secretary.

Taketa has been with the Carpenters Union for 21 years, most recently as community services and education director.

Taketa, a University of Hawaii-Manoa graduate, has been active in community affairs. He served on the Honolulu Police Commission from 1989 until earlier this year and is a member of the Center for Labor Education and Research's labor education advisory council.

Ward takes command of 25th Infantry Division

Maj. Gen. William E. Ward will assume command Sept. 1 of the 25th Infantry Division (Light), replacing Maj. Gen. James Hill.

In another change in Army leadership at Schofield Barracks, Col. William Puttmann will become the new commander of the U.S. Army Garrison on Aug. 25.

He will replace Col. James Hirai, who assumes the job of chief of staff at U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter.

National cancer study seeks Hawaii residents

Women and men between the ages of 55 and 74 are wanted for screening trials for prostate, lung, colorectal and ovarian cancers.

About 148,000 Americans nationwide will participate in the study, sponsored by the National Center Institute and aimed at reducing deaths from those cancers.

Half of the participants from Hawaii will receive screening tests. The others will receive annual questionnaires about their health. All will provide annual information about their health for up to 14 years.

For more information, call 545-3006 or 1-800-834-7500.

'Children's Art Corner' accepting submissions

The Aina Haina Library is seeking colorful, hand-drawn pictures from children ages 4 to 12 to display at their "Children's Art Corner."

Pictures will be displayed for one month each through Nov. 30. Contributions can be taken to the library's information desk.

The deadline is Nov. 1.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

By Wayne Shinbarna, Special to the Star-Bulletin
A Honolulu police officer was injured yesterday when
his squad car collided with two vehicles in Pearl City
as he responded to a call.

Police officer runs red light; injures himself, one other

A police officer was seriously injured yesterday when he ran a red light while responding to a call and his squad car slammed into two vehicles at a Pearl City intersection.

The 46-year-old patrol officer, who had his lights flashing and siren on, was heading east on Kamehameha Highway at 5:52 p.m. when he ran a red light and struck a 1989 Mitsubishi sedan, police said. The sedan was attempting to make a left turn from Lipoa Place onto Kamehameha Highway.

The squad car then veered and struck a 1997 Ford van that was waiting at the light.

A witness said the officer entered the intersection without slowing down.

The officer was taken to Queen's Hospital in serious condition, but was later upgraded to guarded condition. One of the other drivers suffered minor injuries.

Police said officers responding to a call are supposed to enter an intersection on a red light only when it is safe. The same holds true for fire trucks and ambulances.

Kailua woman allegedly raped by former boyfriend

Police yesterday charged a 33-year-old Moiliili man in connection with the sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman.

Quincy Choy Foo was charged with first-degree sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault, police said. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

The suspect entered his former girlfriend's Kailua house on Tuesday, violating a temporary restraining order, police said.

He allegedly sexually assaulted the woman several times throughout the day.

In other news ...

Bullet A 60-year-old man was arrested yesterday after allegedly threatening a 59-year-old man at the Kamehameha Shopping Center with a knife.

The victim was walking in a crosswalk with his 12-year-old daughter when the suspect nearly ran them over at 12:40 p.m., police said. Words were exchanged between the two men. The suspect then got out of his car, armed with a knife, and reportedly threatened to stab the other man.

The suspect was booked for first-degree terroristic threatening.

Bullet John Kia, 39, was charged with sexually assaulting a woman at Ala Moana Center on Tuesday.

Kia was charged with third-degree sexual assault and kidnapping, police said. He is being held on $70,000 bail.

Kia allegedly grabbed a 23-year-old woman who was sitting on a bench at the mall and assaulted her.

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