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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, January 18, 2000

Three hikers rescued from Kahana Valley

Three hikers -- two 20-year-old men and a 14-year-old female -- were airlifted out of Kahana Valley during a night rescue by the Fire Department helicopter.

The first to be extracted were the two men, in a net swaying 40 to 50 feet below the helicopter. Next came a rescue specialist and the girl, the Fire Department said. All were flown to Kahana Valley State Park, about a mile from where they were picked up.

The rescue effort began at 6:30 p.m. after the hikers called for help on their cellular telephone, said fire Capt. Richard Soo. The hikers had become stranded at the 1,200 foot elevation when darkness fell.

The hikers were not prepared to spend the night and were air-lifted out at about 10:30 p.m., Soo said.

Waste water backs out of manhole near college

A piece of pipe lodged in an 8-inch waste-water line caused an estimated 2,600 gallons of sewage to back out of a manhole near Leeward Community College yesterday.

Reported at 11:05 a.m., the spill was brought under control by 4:30 p.m. at the 96-121 Waiawa Road site.

Waste water ran across the road and into the yards of several homes in low-lying spots below Waiawa Road. But it did not enter any streams or other bodies of water.

Honk if you like it

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Ok, so it's funny looking. But Councilwoman Rene Mansho, at the
wheel of the city's $10,000 electric car, says the stubby little auto is
good for the environment, and -- an added plus -- will save money
in the long run. She tried it out on a short run: City Hall to Waikiki.

Film showing tomorrow on Christians in Japan

Japan's hidden Christians are the topic of a documentary film to be shown tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii at 2454 S. Beretania St.

Christal Whelan, author and anthropologist who produced the film, also will speak.

Portrayed will be Christians who live in small fishing villages on the Goto Islands, off the coast of Nagasaki.

Cost of the program is $5 to the general public. Center members attend free.

For a reservation or more information, call 945-7633.

Kiwanis hope to raise $17,000 for schools

A "Mile of Quarters" to provide classroom supplies awaits selected public schools if Kiwanis Clubs of Oahu have their way.

The goal is to collect enough 25-cent pieces to stretch a mile if laid in a straight line.

The drive culminates from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 29 at Kahala Mall. Donations will be accepted from passers-by as well as in the form of sponsorships and matching donations from Hawaii businesses and organizations.

A mile of quarters would total nearly $17,000. That money would be used to fill wish lists provided by teachers, in cooperation with the Adopt-A-Teacher foundation.

Rotary seeks to honor Windward volunteer

Windward Rotary is seeking nominations for individuals who have enhanced the quality of life in Windward Oahu.

One person will be selected to receive the award for the year 2000. Nominees must live, work or volunteer on the Windward side.

"We are looking for people who live by Rotary International's motto, 'Service Above Self,' " said Dudley Foster, selection committee chairman.

Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 1.

Those who wish to nominate someone are asked to write a one-page letter describing the nominee's good work and how it benefits the community, and mail it to Windward Rotary, P.O. Box 122, Kailua 96734.

For more information, call 262-7176.



Michele Malapit, of the Hickam AFB Flyers Gymnastics Team, was pictured on Saturday's front page. An incorrect name was given in the caption.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Brush fire at Maili Point scorches about 10 acres

A brush fire burned up to 10 acres and came close to homes mauka of 87-1206 Farrington Highway near Maili Point yesterday.

The 2:18 p.m. fire brought out 29 firefighters and 11 pieces of firefighting apparatus as it scorched an estimated eight to 10 acres before being contained and brought under control at 3:30.

A smaller fire occurred about the same time across the highway on the beach side at Maili Point and still another flared on Hakimo Road about a mile away. No one was injured in any of the fires.

Fire Capt. Richard Soo said it was unclear if the three fires were related.

Woman allegedly cuts man with steak knife

Police arrested a 26-year-old woman yesterday for attempting to kill a man with a steak knife.

The woman reportedly punched and swung a knife at the man at an Uila Street home in Salt Lake at 9:15 p.m., police said. The man suffered a cut to his face and swelling to his temple.

Wife accused of beating her estranged husband

Police arrested a woman who allegedly beat her estranged husband near the University of Hawaii campus yesterday afternoon.

The woman went to her husband's workplace and hit him in the face at 2 p.m., police said.

The couple, who are going through a divorce, then drove to Dole Street where the woman allegedly hit the man on the head with an anti-auto theft device called "The Club."

Armed robbers flee after failing to open register

HILO -- Two armed men wearing ski masks tried to rob a rural plant nursery but couldn't open a cash register yesterday, police said.

The pair -- one armed with a shotgun, the other with a large knife -- entered Akatsuka Orchid Gardens on Volcano Highway 22 miles south of Hilo at about 4:50 p.m. and demanded money.

Clerks told the men they couldn't open the cash register. One of the men tried to open it and failed, then both then left on foot.

Both were described as in their late teens or early 20s. One was described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall and slim and the other as 5 feet 10 inches tall and heavy set.

Airport X-ray machine detects gun in handbag

A woman was arrested Sunday at the Honolulu International Airport after security discovered a handgun in her bag. The gun was spotted by the X-ray machine at 1:25 p.m., police said. She was booked for a firearms violation.

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