Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Hanauma Bay open on Kuhio Day

Although it's normally closed on Tuesdays, the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve will be open on Kuhio Day for holiday recreation, the city announced.

But the park will close for two weeks starting April 16 for major construction. It is expected to reopen May 1.

The work includes completing showers and comfort stations, concessions, lifeguard storage, paving and landscaping. The contractor will also begin paving the parking lot and the road connecting the upper and lower levels of the preserve. No vehicles or people will be allowed to use the road during the work.

Construction on the project began last April and was supposed to be done by Oct. 1. The administration of Mayor Jeremy Harris, however, approved 14 change orders that added $2.1 million, 20 percent, to the original $10.6 million contract price.

More information about the closure may be obtained from the park's information line, 396-4229.


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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Japanese national dies in crash on Tantalus

A 24-year-old man from Japan died yesterday when he lost control of his car going down Tantalus Drive, drove off the road and landed 12 feet down an embankment, Honolulu police reported.

The driver, the only occupant of a 1995 Nissan two-day sedan, turned left on one of the bends and was unable to recover from the turn, veering to the right off the road at about 3 a.m., police said.

He was in one of four cars driving down the road from Round Top toward Papakolea, all with Japanese nationals attending school here, said Fire Capt. Richard Soo.

When the fire department arrived, the man was still seatbelted in his car, Soo said. Paramedics went down the embankment and pronounced the man dead at 4:05 a.m., he said.

The Tantalus Drive area around the 3300 block, where the accident occurred, was blocked from about 3:14 a.m. until almost 7 a.m., he said.

Police said speed appeared to be a factor. It isn't known if alcohol was involved.

Police seek suspect in Kalihi robbery

Police were looking for a man who robbed a Kalihi florist yesterday and held a knife to the clerk's neck.

The man walked into The Spinning Web Florist at 1625 Liliha St. at around 3 p.m. yesterday.

The store manager said the man, asked for change to call his girlfriend and when the worker opened the register, the man grabbed her by the shirt and put a kitchen knife to her throat.

The 55-year-old woman pushed his hands away, was able to get away, and both women ran out the back door, the manager said.

Police said the man, who fled with an undisclosed amount of money, got into a cab around Nuuanu Avenue and Kuakini Street and was dropped off without incident in Kaimuki.

The suspect is described as being in his early 30s, standing 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall with a medium build. He has short black hair, brown eyes and was wearing blue shorts and shirt.

27-year-old arrested after home burglaries

Police arrested a 27-year-old man Thursday in connection with three home burglaries in Kalihi.

Kalihi police said in one of the robberies the man represented himself as a police officer when he was confronted by someone who was at home at the time.

The man, who has no local address, was also arrested for drug-related offenses, police said.

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