All public libraries on the Big Island will be closed on Friday, June 1, for Library Institute Day. A training session for employees of the Hawaii State Public Library System will be conducted throughout the day.
Libraries will close
on training days
Other training sessions will be held on May 23 on Kauai, June 6 on Oahu and June 8 on Maui (which includes Lanai and Molokai library staffs).
Public libraries will be closed on those designated days, but book drops will remain open.
Molokai General nurses begin third day of strikeFive out of the six registered nurses at Molokai General Hospital begin their third day on the picket line today. One male nurse has been crossing the picket line, union officials representing the nurses said. No negotiations were held during the weekend.
The nurses started striking Saturday after a settlement over wages and staffing could not be reached. This is the first strike in the hospital's history, according to Molokai General administration.
Hawaii Nursing Association officials said they were on Molokai this weekend to support to their members.
HNA officials also said nurses are enjoying "tremendous support" from the Molokai community.
Yesterday afternoon, the HNA said it ended picket lines early so that Molokai nurses could be with their families on Mother's Day.
Salvation Army marks 107 years in the islesGovernor Ben Cayetano has declared this week Salvation Army week. This year marks the Salvation Army's 107th year in Hawaii.
Salvation Army volunteers provided 86,000 people with assisted services last year, including substance abuse treatment. To help celebrate, the Salvation Army's Island Brass band will be giving public performances on May 15 at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and May 18 at Windward Mall.
Verizon hopes to have service back this a.m.Verizon Hawaii hoped to have about 3,500 Hawaii Kai customers back in service by 8 a.m. today.
As of 4 p.m. yesterday, the company had restored service to 2,000 customers who had lost service Thursday when a contractor accidentally severed two cables.
A free temporary phone bank set up at the Oahu Club got heavy Mother's Day usage yesterday, according to Verizon officials. Customers with phone cards could call their moms long distance at the phone bank. More than 100 extra Verizon employees worked through the weekend, company officials said.
The company has incurred costs in excess of $100,000 to repair the damage, according to spokesman Brian Blevins, and will charge the contractor.
The contractor had accidentally severed the cables near the intersection of Hawaii Kai Drive and Keahole Street while drilling post holes.
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Corrections and clarifications
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Police arrest woman on stabbing chargeA 39-year-old homeless woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing her girlfriend in the abdomen with a pocket knife. Police said the victim, 38, also homeless, was stabbed at 6:20 last night during a domestic argument in a parking lot near Aala Park. The victim was taken to Queen's Medical Center for treatment.
Gunman being sought in liquor store robberyHonolulu police are looking for a man who robbed a university area liquor store yesterday at gunpoint. Police said the robber entered the store just before noon yesterday, pointed a pistol at the owner, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled.
Hilo man dies one week after fall in bathtubA 37-year-old Hilo man who hit his head last Monday in fall in his bathtub died yesterday at Queen's Medical Center. He was conscious after the fall but complained of pain to his head. A friend took the man to Hilo Medical Center. He was transferred to Queen's. The Honolulu Medical Examiner is performing the autopsy.
Hotel guest is attacked by pair with room keyHonolulu police are looking for two men who allegedly punched, kicked and bit a victim in a Waikiki hotel room yesterday morning. Police said the two suspects were already in Room 516 of the Ohana Waikiki Village when the victim arrived at 9:10 a.m.
According to police, the victim thought the suspects were part of hotel room staff when they attacked him. The suspects demanded jewelry, then fled the room.
Police later discovered that the hotel room had been burglarized and that entry into the room was made via a master key that had been lost by housekeeping the day before. Both suspects are described as men in their 20s with tan complexions. Suspect No. 1 is described as 5 feet 10 inches, 140 to 160 pounds, with straight, shoulder-length black hair and tattoos on both arms. Suspect No. 2 is also 5 feet 10 inches, 160 pounds, and has crew-cut black hair.