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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Canoe halau bid
moves to Council

The permit application for a canoe halau at Hawaii Kai's Maunalua Bay is being forwarded to the City Council without a recommendation by the zoning panel. The Council will vote on it Oct. 18.

The committee bowed to the wishes of area Councilman John Henry Felix, who said he still wants to see if issues raised by nearby residents about the height of the facility can be addressed.

Members of Hui Nalu, the canoe club that will have primary use of the facility, and the East Honolulu vision team which proposed it say it is necessary and has been in the works for two years. But residents at the Gateway Peninsula and the Moorings say they weren't made aware of the project, which mars the view of the ocean. The 50-foot-square-foot building is 22 1/2 feet tall, including 2 feet of fill.

Youth drug-abuse prevention
gets $8.4 million federal boost

An $8.4 million federal grant over three years will be used for substance-abuse prevention among children in Hawaii.

In announcing the award, Gov. Ben Cayetano said: "This grant will immediately strengthen our efforts to reduce illegal drug and alcohol use among the young. It will also help the state develop a coordinated strategy for tracking our performance and results in this area. Most importantly, about 85 percent of the funds will go directly to community-based prevention programs."

Cayetano said he appreciated the efforts of Hawaii's congressional delegation, praising their leadership and consistent and strong support for children over the years and their assistance in securing the grant.

The federal funding is expected to unify the state's youth substance-abuse prevention efforts under the Hawaii Performance Partnership Board's Boost4Kids program by providing common language, risk and protective factors and school community indicator profiles.

The state Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division will implement the grant.

"This is the first time we will have the opportunity to significantly impact the increasing drug and alcohol use of our children and youth," said Bruce Anderson, state health director.

"These funds will greatly empower Hawaii communities to take an active role in developing culturally sensitive, research-based programs to truly reduce the impacts of alcohol and illegal drugs on our children's lives."

In receiving $800,000 in start-up funds for the first year of the grant, the state plans to help 20 local communities implement prevention approaches.

UH-Manoa grant to help meet Hawaiians' needs

The University of Hawaii-Manoa has received a $333,280 federal grant, the first in a series of grants designed to help build stronger ties between Hawaii's public university and the Hawaiian community.

The grant will be used to help rehabilitate Papakolea Community Center, build a community center at Maunalaha Valley and address other needs in these communities.

The money is awarded through the Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program and given to institutions that have an undergraduate enrollment of 10 percent native Hawaiians or 20 percent Alaskan natives.

The program is designed to help Hawaii's and Alaska's colleges and universities expand their community development involvement.

Attorney Ezer resigns rather than be punished

Honolulu attorney Jonathan Ezer has resigned from the practice of law in Hawaii at his own request, effective Sept. 29.

The Hawaii Supreme Court granted his request in lieu of discipline.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel said he had submitted a letter asking that he be allowed to resign rather than be disciplined for wrongdoing.

While the Supreme Court order granting his resignation is public record, the allegations against Ezer remain confidential.

Ezer, 44, graduated from California Western School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii bar in 1980.

Schofield soldiers to train in Louisiana

More than 3,800 soldiers from the 25th Division's 3rd Brigade will begin two weeks of training Oct. 14 at the Joint Readiness Center at Fort Polk in Louisiana.

The Army's premier training center will help prepare the Schofield Barracks soldiers to exercise their go-to-war mission, beginning with the deployment and continuing through the redeployment phases.


Some events of interest

Bullet 5:30-8 p.m., UH-Manoa, Hale Aloha Courtyard: Rock the Vote.
Bullet 6:30 p.m., Haleiwa Alii Beach Park: Vision meeting. Contact: Ross Sasamura, 523-4341.
Bullet 7 p.m., Lunalilo Elementary School: McCully/Moiliili No. 8 neighborhood board meeting, 810 Pumehana St.
Bullet 7 p.m., Pauahi Recreation Center: Downtown No. 13 neighborhood board meeting, 171 N. Pauahi St.
Bullet 7 p.m., Kailua Recreation Center: Kailua No. 31 neighborhood board meeting, 21 S. Kainalu Drive.
Bullet 7:30 p.m., Aina Haina Library: Kuliouou/Kalani Iki No. 2 neighborhood board meeting, 5246 Kalanianaole Highway.



Bullet The City Council Transportation Committee will meet on the proposed bus rapid transit system 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Hawaii Convention Center, Room 319-B. The public may attend and give testimony. An article yesterday gave the wrong day for the meeting.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Van slams into tree; driver critically hurt

A 58-year-old man was critically injured after slamming his van into a tree in Kailua this morning.

The man apparently lost control of his van on Mokapu Boulevard near North Kalaheo Avenue and struck the tree at 4:05 a.m., police said.

Missing teen found in Hawaii Kai ditch

A tip from a Hawaii Kai resident led to the discovery of a 17-year-old girl who had been missing for two days.

Heather Rose Brooks was found in a ditch near Kalapaki Street in Hawaii Kai at 2:20 p.m. yesterday, police said.

She was emotionally distraught, but in good condition.

Brooks was taken to Queen's Medical Center for observation.

Search for overdue boaters continues

A third day of searching failed to turn up any sighting of two Oahu men overdue since Sunday from a boat trip across the Molokai Channel. The search for the missing boaters was to resume today at first light.

"It's like looking for an average-size dining room table in the middle of the ocean," said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. John Cameron.

"It's incredibly difficult to find a vessel without the benefit of an operational radio or an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)."

When the men failed to return to Oahu, the Coast Guard was notified about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The men had crossed the Molokai Channel in a 14-foot Boston Whaler powerboat.

Robber asks the time, points gun at victim

Police are searching for a man who robbed a 60-year-old man at gunpoint yesterday afternoon on Kapiolani Boulevard.

The suspect approached the victim who was on his way to the bank and asked for the time at 3:26 p.m.

As the victim looked down at his watch, a gun was pointed at his head, police said.

Student arrested in threat to teacher

A 17-year-old boy at Kaimuki High School was arrested yesterday for allegedly threatening his teacher on Friday.

The boy got into an argument with a 46-year-old teacher and reportedly stated he was going to shoot her, police said.

He was arrested for terroristic threatening.

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