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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Forbes Cave meeting postponed

A scheduled meeting at Bishop Museum tonight of claimants for the missing Forbes Cave artifacts has been postponed.

"We just got a note. Had something to do with their (the museum's) own executive committee still planning on the issue, and they don't want us to meet until their own plan is resolved," said Mel Kalahiki of Na Papa Kanaka o Pu'uokohola Heiau, one of the claimant groups. "I thought they'd be done by now, but apparently not. They say things are complicated."

When contacted, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs -- another claimant -- thought the meeting was still on for tonight, but later received word of the cancellation.

The museum "thought it best" if the claimant meeting were not held until after an executive board meeting later this week, said a museum spokesperson.

Last month, the majority of claimant groups gave claimant Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei until Nov. 1 to return the artifacts to Bishop Museum. Hui Malama removed the rare treasures in February, and the artifacts have vanished.

A new meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 1, the deadline.


Vote on quality, not race, OHA chief says

Hawaii voters should vote for the most qualified candidates regardless of ethnicity in the wide-open Office of Hawaiian Affairs election on Nov. 7, OHA interim board chairman Clayton Hee said today.

Hee, featured speaker at a Democratic Party luncheon at the Hale Koa Hotel, responded to comments last week from the Japanese American Citizens League, Honolulu chapter, which urged non-Hawaiian voters to vote only for Hawaiian candidates if they vote in the OHA election.

Hee pointed out that four of the seven finalists for trustee at Kamehameha Schools are non-Hawaiians and former Bishop trustee Matsy Takabuki, a non-Hawaiian, is credited with the Goldman Sachs purchase years ago that resulted in a $1 billion dividend for the estate. Hee said Takabuki's action "has not gone unnoticed in the Hawaiian and the statewide community."

Hee said voters have a duty to pick the most qualified OHA candidates regardless of ethnicity.

"To do otherwise would compromise our right to elect the best people seeking office and presume that Hawaiians live in a vacuum," Hee said.

Absentee voting opens statewide today

Voters who don't want to wait until Nov. 7 may vote at one of the following absentee polling places from today until Nov. 4:

HONOLULU: Honolulu Hale, city clerk's office, Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Windward Mall Satellite City Hall, Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Pearlridge Satellite City Hall, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

MAUI: Maui County Building, 200 S. High St., seventh floor, Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Kaunakakai State Office, Phase I, conference room, 45 Makaena St., Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-noon

KAUAI: Kauai County Building, 4396 Rice St., No. 106, Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

HAWAII: Hilo County Building, 25 Aupuni St., Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.;

Keauhou Shopping Center Phase 1, Building B110, 78-6831 Alii Drive, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m; . Pahala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani St., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.;

North Kohala Courthouse, conference room, 54-3900 Government Main Road, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, call 453-VOTE (8683) or the Hawaii Voter Hotline at 1-800-442-VOTE (8683).

Pearl Harbor civilian refuelers stay on job

Forty-five Pearl Harbor civilian refuelers will keep their jobs after the Navy for the second time rejected a bid from a Texas company.

The change was announced by Rep. Neil Abercrombie, who argued that the hourly wage rate used by Trajen Inc. was too low.

Trajen received the award under a federal law that requires the military to privatize operations if outside contractors can do the job cheaper.

Initially, Trajen was supposed to do the work until the Navy overruled the contract.

Trajen objected, and the General Accounting Office sided with the Texas company because its bid of $12.7 million was the lowest.

Bowfin Park hosts lecture tomorrow

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park presents Dr. William Still Jr. of the University of Hawaii in "H.L. Hunley Returns Home," a lecture on the recent raising of the Confederate submarine lost during the Civil War.

The free lecture is at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Bowfin Park. Also involved is the Pacific War Roundtable and the Hawaii Civil War Roundtable.

After her successful attack on the Union blockade ship USS Housatonic, the Hunley disappeared until 1995, when a dive team led by author Clive Cussler found it near Charleston Harbor.

RSVP and information: 423-1341.

GOP Senate hopeful signs campaign code

Dr. Henry Makini, Republican Senate candidate for the Ewa Beach-Makakilo district, has signed the Campaign Spending Commission code of fair practices, after his Democratic opponent, Sen. Brian Kanno, called a news conference to question why Makini didn't sign it.

Saying he was challenging Makini to sign the nine-item code, Kanno said on Sunday that he had already signed it.

Makini said it was an oversight, and he yesterday signed a copy of the voluntary pledge.

"It came in the package you picked up at the Campaign Spending Commission, and I thought it was just for our information," he said. "If I saw I was supposed to sign it then I would have.

"I am upholding all nine points in the campaign," he said.


Some events of interest


Bullet 7:30 p.m., Mililani Recreation Center III: Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu No. 25 Neighborhood Board meeting, 95-281 Kaloapau St.



Bullet Cellist Han-Na Chang's concerts with the Honolulu Symphony will be Nov. 19 and 21. Saturday's Wood Craft column listed incorrect dates.

Bullet House minority leader Barbara Marumoto's name was misspelled in a story Friday on a House race in the Waimanalo-Kailua-Enchanted Lake district.

Bullet Lito Macadangdang was a member of the Village Park Tennis Club team that won the USTA 3.0 adult national tennis title. His name was omitted from a story in yesterday's sports section.

Bullet Due to a computer operator error, apostrophes were omitted from several stories in an early edition of the sports section yesterday.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Woman thrown off hood of car; husband arrested

A domestic argument led a 28-year-old Kaaawa woman to jump on the hood of her husband's car yesterday and police said he drove for more than a mile on Kamehameha Highway until she was thrown off.

The couple argued at their Kaaawa home when the husband, 33, got into his car at about 6 p.m., police said. As he drove away, his car struck his wife on the leg.

The woman jumped on the car's hood and refused to get off, police said.

The husband became angry and drove onto Kamehameha Highway and traveled about a mile at high speed with his wife still on the hood.

He finally came to an abrupt stop, which threw his wife off the car, police said. She was taken to Kahuku Hospital, where she was treated and released.

The husband was arrested for attempted murder.

Homeless man likely died in fall, not beating

The homeless man who died Saturday in Waikiki was not murdered as was first suspected, police said.

After an autopsy, medical examiners determined the man most likely died from a fall and was not beaten as initially thought.

The man was found critically injured and unconscious about five feet away from a rubbish fire in an alley near Seaside and Kuhio avenues at 6 a.m. Saturday.

The rubbish fire may have startled him and forced him to jump from a lanai about 15 feet above the ground where he was sleeping, said homicide Lt. William Kato.

It appears the man jumped off the lanai and hit a metal fence, where he cut his chin and then fell, hitting the back of his head on the pavement, police said.

Kato said the fire may have been caused by a cigarette.

The victim was 48 years old. The medical examiner is not releasing his name until relatives can be located.

Police ask public's help to locate forgery suspect

Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man wanted in connection with a series of forgery cases.

A grand jury warrant has been issued for the arrest of Pyong "Peter" Pak, 31.

Police said Pak allegedly uses altered Hawaii driver's licenses or identification cards to cash stolen savings bonds.

Detectives say there could be more suspects linked with the forgeries.

Pak is 5 feet 4, 130 pounds with a slim build and black hair. He has brown eyes and a tan complexion.

If anyone has any information about Pak, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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