The holidays can be a particularly difficult and stressful time for families who are already struggling to get by all year.
'Tis better to give
than to receive
You can help make a difference for these adults and children by donating to the Good Neighbor Fund.
Monetary gifts may be sent to the Good Neighbor Fund, c/o Honolulu Star-Bulletin, P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu 96802.
Checks -- not cash -- may be dropped off at any of First Hawaiian Bank's 56 branches.
Clothing, household items and other gifts may be taken to the Community Clearing House, under the direction of Helping Hands Hawaii.
Address: 2100 Nimitz Highway
Regular hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday
Holiday hours from Nov. 27 to Jan. 7: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone number: 845-1669
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Hawaii Air Guard to patrol Iraq no-fly zoneAbout 250 members of the Hawaii Air National Guard are being deployed to patrol the southern no-fly zone of Iraq.
Most leave early tomorrow to take part in Operation Southern Watch.
For security reasons, exact locations will not be disclosed, nor will the number of F-15 fighter aircraft taking part. Because of host nation sensitivities, Air Guard personnel will travel in civilian clothes.
F-15s from the 199th Fighter Squadron, 154th Wing, have twice patrolled Iraq's northern no-fly zone. This new deployment will be the first time the Hawaii unit has patrolled the southern zone.
U.S. and allied planes patrol the zones to protect Iraqi civilians from attack by the Iraqi military.
Army cleans 170-gallon fuel spill at WheelerThe Army has cleaned up a spill of about 170 gallons of fuel at Wheeler Army Airfield.
The JP-8 fuel sprayed from a pump about 6:30 a.m. yesterday. "We believe that pump was being primed and it was not sealed properly," said Cliff Takenaka, environmental engineer, 25th Infantry Division (Light) and U.S. Army Hawaii.
"We immediately started to sop up and contain the spill with absorbent pads and booms," Takenaka added.
"At this time, all the free-standing fuel is gone and what we have left is the fuel that went into the soil, and we are bringing in a backhoe to ensure we excavate all that soil."
Land Department head to leave next monthTim Johns, director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, will step down from his post for personal reasons next month to take a job in the private sector.
Johns, who was appointed to the post by Gov. Ben Cayetano in January 1998, said he will leave his job in mid-December to become chief executive officer of the Damon Estate. Johns said he took the job to spend more time with his family.
Before taking over at the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Johns had served as director of protection for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii and also as a senior counsel, general manager and vice president for Amfac/JMB.
He also has been deputy director of the state Commission on Water Resource Management. Johns succeeded Mike Wilson, who is now a state circuit court judge.
Johns said he has discussed his departure with Cayetano and expects the governor will announce his successor within the next few weeks. Spokeswoman Kim Murakawa said Cayetano is reviewing nominations for the post.
Nuuanu water clean; reservoir reopenedThe water at Nuuanu 822 Reservoir is clean, according to the Board of Water Supply.
Tests on water samples were clear of harmful bacteria, and the reservoir returned to service yesterday.
The facility was shut down Monday after debris was discovered left in the reservoir by vandals who had broken into the facility during the weekend to steal equipment.
The debris was yellow construction tape.
The reservoir provides water for 450 customers in upper Nuuanu. The Board of Water Supply asked people to use water sparingly during the shutdown. Alternative water sources supplied them in the meantime.
An Insight story Nov. 11 on the history of the Star-Bulletin misspelled the last name of former managing editor Vern Hinkley.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Police catch 2 suspects, seek 2 others from spreePolice have identified the remaining two suspects being sought for Sunday's early morning crime spree in Kalihi, Kailua and Pearl City, sources say.
The suspects, both young adult males, were with two 17-year-old Waipahu boys arrested yesterday for three armed robberies, criminal property damage and kidnapping. Charges against the arrested pair are pending.
Sunday's incidents began at a Jack In The Box outlet on North School Street in Kalihi at 1:30 a.m. The suspects broke into the parked Chevy Blazer while the owner was in the restaurant, police said. The driver's side window of a Lincoln Navigator was shattered while the vehicle was in the drive-through lane.
Police said the suspects also robbed a 7-Eleven store on Kailua Road at 4:10 a.m. and a Chevron convenience station in Pearl City at 5 a.m. They also allegedly stole a Subaru while a woman passenger was still in the vehicle. Her companion, who had been driving, was forced out of his car and beaten, but was able to pull her out of the car as the suspects drove off.
'Stun' weapon used on robbery victimA "stun gun" or similar weapon was used on a 23-year-old man who was robbed of cash late last night on Kaheka Street.
The victim told police he went there at 11:24 p.m. to meet two men about buying a car.
Cooking fire at Hilo causes $1,100 damageA noontime cooking fire at Waiakea Villas, 400 Hualani St., Hilo, caused an estimated $1,100 damage yesterday when a pan was left unattended on a stove.
Maintenance personnel put it out before firefighters arrived. A 38-year-old man was treated for smoke inhalation.