Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Sunday, June 17, 2001

Stinging jellyfish still
washing up on isle shores

Box jellyfish continued to wash ashore at Ala Moana and Waikiki beaches yesterday, but not in the numbers seen Friday.

Jellyfish warning signs were posted yesterday at Ala Moana and Waikiki beaches.

Officials were to assess the situation this morning to determine whether the jellyfish infestation is continuing and whether warning signs would be posted.

On average, about 300 jellyfish washed ashore during peak times yesterday. Friday more than 1,700 jellyfish were on the beach. The sting of box jellyfish can cause reactions from minor irritation to severe shock.

Course explores
music-brain connection

Ever wondered how music can affect your mind?

Arthur Harvey, a University of Hawaii music professor, will be offering a two-week course called "The Music-Brain Connection" starting tomorrow.

Half the course will explore how the brain works, and the rest will examine how music can be used to enhance learning, activate immune system functions, reduce stress and improve memory. "I really believe music can benefit learning," Harvey said.

Music can also promote wellness, he said. In his work with geriatric patients he has learned "music can be a wonderful, effective way to assist people because it's accessible to everybody, all ages, all languages, all levels of functioning," he said.

The course will meet daily from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. from June 18 to June 29. For more information, call Harvey at 377-5477.

To register for the course, call 296-6723 or register online at or



<< Patient primate: Rusti the orangutan has been cooling his heels at Honolulu Zoo for about four years. He's about to get a new home on the Big Island thanks to the Orangutan International Foundation, which hopes to start construction on a orangutan sanctuary in the next few weeks.

Former trustee: Richard "Dickie" Wong won a round in court last week when Circuit Court Judge Michael Town threw out criminal charges against the former Bishop Estate trustee for the third time.

Here she is: Miss West Oahu, Denby Dung, became Miss Hawaii Friday night and will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.


Waikiki swimmers: From Kaimana Beach to Waikiki, 220 beachgoers got a nasty surprise Friday when a massive box jellyfish invasion hit the south shore of Oahu. One lifeguard estimated more than 1,700 jellyfish washed ashore.

>> Ewa Villages: Claude Hebaru was sentenced to six months in jail, five months probation and ordered to pay $407,781 for accepting money for relocation work he did not perform at the city's Ewa Villages and Middle Street projects. Hebaru says he was duped by convicted former city housing official Michael Kahapea.

Over-easy egg eaters: Sunny side up on your loco moco? Stop right there. Food & Drug Administration rules, effective Sept. 4, say eggs should be cooked until the yolks are firm.

Corrections and clarifications

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Publisher and Editor in Chief John Flanagan at 529-4748 or email him at

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Pedestrian hit by van dies from head injuries

A 50-year-old man who was struck while crossing Keeaumoku Street on Tuesday died at Queen's Medical Center yesterday morning.

The accident occurred at 10 p.m. near Liona Street A van driven by a 38-year-old man struck the victim while he was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk.

Carjacking suspect upgraded to satisfactory

HILO >> A 19-year-old man, wounded during a confrontation with police on Thursday in Puna, was upgraded to satisfactory condition yesterday.

The man was taken to Hilo Medical Center in guarded condition after a police officer shot him. The police had stopped a car he was riding in.

Police said the man and Shaun "Mika" Thompson of the Ainaloa subdivision of Puna carjacked a couple. Thompson apparently committed suicide during the incident, police said.

Arson is suspected in Big Island blaze

Arson is suspected in a fire to a three-bedroom rental home in the Paradise Park section of Puna on the Big Island yesterday morning.

The fire, reported at 4:32 a.m., was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. The fire was contained by 4:49 a.m. and extinguished just after 5 a.m.

A fire department official said the fire appeared to have started in five different spots.

No one was home at the time of the blaze. Damage to the home on 27th Avenue near Kaloli Drive is estimated at $110,000.

5 teen-age girls arrested in attack on girl in home

Police arrested five teen-age girls who allegedly broke into a 16-year-old girl's Wahiawa house and assaulted her Friday night.

The girls first threatened the victim on the phone, then went to her house on Puu Street and threw items and broke several glass louvers, police said. They got in through the back and assaulted her, police said.

The suspects fled the scene and were arrested a couple of blocks away. They were released pending further investigation.

Police search for suspect in Kaneohe gun robbery

Police are searching for a man who allegedly used a handgun to rob a Kaneohe business early yesterday morning.

The man entered the establishment at 45-620 Kamehameha Hwy. shortly after 2 a.m. He allegedly pointed the gun at the cashier and demanded money.

The suspect was last seen running toward Pali Highway.

16-year-old boy arrested for robbery at knifepoint

Crime Reduction Unit officers arrested a 16-year-old boy Friday in connection with the April 7 robbery of seven teenage boys at Aloha Stadium.

The seven boys, ranging from 14 to 15 years of age, were walking in the stadium overflow parking lot when they were robbed at knifepoint by the suspect and another boy, police said.

Man discovers explosives in his own backyard

A Kailua man found explosives in the backyard of his Enchanted Lake home yesterday, police said.

The man called police to his 594 Alihi Pl. home after he discovered explosives while cleaning the hillside in his backyard.

Police said the explosives appear to be old and were probably used for excavation.

Police said the explosives were probably not dangerous and will be removed later.

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