By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, December 25, 1999

Open market coming
to streets of Honolulu

The Honolulu Street Market, a new open market/craft fair, is accepting vendors for a Feb. 5 opening at the block bounded by Queen and South streets.

Inspired by the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, the street market plans to incorporate mini-fairs into one shopping site that will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

More than 100 vendors are expected to sell goods ranging from craft items, collectibles, plants, produce and food creations.

Market officials said their lower overhead will give new entrepreneurs the opportunity to launch their own shops and learn how to run a business on a small scale.

The goal is to have residents shop at the market at least once a month, and tourists at least once per trip.

"Hawaii has no shortage of creative talent," said spokesman Rodney Sunada. "It would be a shame if these people, young or old, could not see their dreams to fruition."

The fee for booths range from $45 to $65 per day. Call 221-6042 for more information and registration forms.


Watch out for those big North Shore waves

A high-surf advisory remained in effect today and tonight for the North Shore where 20- to 25-foot waves, with occasional 30-foot waves, were expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Early Sunset Beach reports this morning indicated waves were 15 to 20 feet, while at Makaha the waves were 15 feet.

There may be water on coastal roads, so drivers were advised to be careful. The public also has been advised to suspend swimming and beach activities until the high surf advisory ends.

A surfer was rescued by lifeguards at Waimea Bay at 8:15 a.m. Lifeguards said the surfer was caught in a rip current. He was not injured.

Adler arrested again for growing marijuana

HILO -- Jonathan Adler, a non-partisan candidate for mayor in next year's elections, confirmed that he was arrested Thursday at his home in Puna when police executing a search warrant found 55 marijuana plants there.

Adler was released without charges. He commented , "It's getting from prosecution to persecution." He is already facing charges for 89 marijuana plants that were found growing outside his house last year.

Adler says he uses marijuana for medical purposes and has a right to supply it to other people because he is a minister in the Religion of Jesus church, which advocates marijuana usage.

Adler accused police of maiming his pit bull dog during Thursday's raid. On returning home from the arrest, he found the dog with a broken back and paralyzed in its hind quarters, he said.

Vice Section Lt. Henry Tavares said his men found six to eight dogs at Adler's house, but all were chained up, gave officers no trouble, and were not injured by officers.

He said Adler's complaint is being investigated as a cruelty to animals case.

Marshall named chief of Kauai civil defense

LIHUE -- Longtime Hawaii County Parks and Recreation Administrator Mark Marshall was named civil defense administrator for Kauai County.

He will fill the vacancy created by the June 30 retirement of Cayetano "Sonny" Gerado.

Peace vigil, picnic tomorrow at Makua

Malama Makua will hold a peace vigil and potluck picnic at the Makua Military Reservation at 4 p.m. tomorrow to give thanks and renew efforts to restore the land, the group said in a press release.

The valley was used as a military training site from 1929 until last year, when all live fire training and bombing was stopped after the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit on the group's behalf.

In August, the lawsuit was settled and the military agreed to complete a document that would include a comprehensive analysis of the environmental, social and economic impacts of military activities in Makua.

Library system receives grant to fund services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the Hawaii library system more than $861,600, which will be used for technology upgrades, said John Penebacker, special assistant to the state librarian.

The amount is the same that it received from the organization last year.

The funds are part of a national grant of more than $138 million that is shared by all states and allocated according to a population-based formula.

In the past, Hawaii used the funds to provide free Internet access at libraries and dial-in service to the system's online catalog, reference database and magazine and newspaper index.

The library system also has installed large-type computer terminals for the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Kapahulu.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Would-be bank robber leaves without any cash

One of the few banks open on Christmas Eve had an unwanted visitor yesterday.

A bank robber handed a teller at the Bank of Hawaii at the Aikahi Park Shopping Center a note demanding money at 1:59 p.m, police said. But the teller was so surprised she shrunk back from the man.

The teller's initial lack of cooperation frustrated the would-be holdup man and he walked out empty-handed.

The suspect appeared to be in his early 30s, about 5 feet 4, 130 pounds. His clothing included an olive green hat and dark T-shirt.

No weapon was seen.

Armed trio jump counter to rob safe, cash register

Police are looking for three men, armed with a gun and knife, who robbed the Burger King at the Aikahi Park Shopping Center just after it opened.

The suspects ordered food at 6:30 a.m., then jumped over the counter and took money from the safe and cash register, police said.

One man with a knife threatened to cut the manager, who is several months pregnant, they added.

The suspects were last seen running toward the Kaneohe Marine base.

No injuries were reported.

Police charge man in Wednesday holdup

Police charged a 41-year-old man in connection with Wednesday robbery at the Keeaumoku Street McDonald's.

Earl McKinnie was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery second and five counts of kidnapping, police said. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

McKinnie allegedly tied up five McDonald's employees with duct tape and robbed them by gunpoint.

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