Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

West end of Kahala Mall closes
because of smoke, power outage

Part of Kahala Mall was shut down this morning after a power outage and equipment malfunction in the Gymboree and Jeans Warehouse stores.

Mall management closed the west end of the mall, including Star Market and Starbucks and called the fire department because smoke was detected at about 10 a.m., mall manager Ron Yoda said. The mall was expected to reopen at 11 a.m.

The outage also affected the Consolidated Theatres and stores along the corridor leading to the theaters.

Fire Department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo said the two stores where the smoke was coming from did not suffer any damage. He said the malfunction was in the air handling systems for the stores.


City and County lifeguards dug out an abandoned truck stuck deep in the sand yesterday at Sandy Beach. The truck had been vandalized overnight. Determined to clear the beach, the lifeguards finally were successful at driving the truck off the sand.

Maui High School wins 2 rounds in science bowl

Maui High School won two rounds of competition but was unable to place in the top three in the 2002 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

The team, one of the youngest with three freshmen, a junior and senior, represented Hawaii well in the annual competition, said team coach Ed Ginoza.

Ginoza said the four-day competition that ended yesterday was tough, with many teams from schools that specialize in the sciences and draw upon the best students in their state.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology of Virginia won first place.

Postal Service food drive seeks canned goods

Get your canned goods ready; the U.S. Post Office is ready to "stamp" out hunger.

On Saturday, postal officials ask that you put nonperishable food items by your mailbox.

Mail carriers will pick up the items, and they will be delivered to the Hawaii Foodbank.

Kahuku students honored at national competition

Students of Kahuku High & Intermediate School have won an award for the highest nonfinalist score in Unit 3, "How the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices," as part of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution national competition on the U.S. Constitution.

The Hawaii students were awarded a walnut plaque last night at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C.

Students competed against 50 classes from throughout the country during the three-day competition by applying constitutional principles and historical facts to contemporary situations. The program is designed to promote an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a constitutional democracy.

Mother's Day luncheon to benefit Foodbank

"A Traditional Hawaiian Mother's Day Luncheon" will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki as a benefit for the Hawaii Foodbank.

The event will feature an all-you-can-eat "Flavors of Hawaii" buffet, bingo, a raffle drawing and dancing. Cost is $65, or $35 for children 4 to 12 years of age. Bring canned goods for the Hawaii Foodbank and receive up to three raffle tickets.

To buy tickets, call Ticket Plus at 526-4400; visit any Foodland (except the School Street location), Sack 'n Save or any Morale, Welfare and Recreation location; or order online at


Corrections and clarifications

>> Judging in the Haku Mele category of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards will be performed by a panel of Hawaiian language experts. A story in yesterday's Today section said incorrectly that the award would be given based on results of a general membership vote.

>> The school named after the late U.S. Sen. Spark Matsunaga of Hawaii was the first school in Montgomery County, Md., to be named after an Asian American. A story on Page A22 Sunday incorrectly quoted Matsunaga's son, state Sen. Matt Matsunaga, as saying it was the first in the country.

>> UBS PaineWebber is a financial services company and the city's bond underwriter. It is not a bond-rating agency, as may have been implied by a quote attributed to Frank Lauterbur, PaineWebber mutual securities group director, in a Page A1 story about city finances that ran Sunday.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Managing Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Kaneohe man surrenders in March sex assault case

Honolulu police said an 18-year-old man surrendered to police yesterday in connection with a sex assault case that took place two months ago.

Police said that on March 4 the suspect offered to give a 16-year-old girl a ride home -- both live in Kaneohe -- then sexually assaulted her. Police said that when the suspect had reached the victim's home, he allegedly restrained her, then assaulted her. Police arrested the suspect yesterday for third-degree sexual assault.


Maui drowning victim ID'd as New York woman

A 42-year-old woman who drowned Saturday afternoon near the pools of Ohea on Maui has been identified as Xin Wang of New York City.

Jennifer Talken-Spaulding, Haleakala National Park public information officer, said Wang had been trying to cross a stream when she slipped and was washed over a small waterfall.

Wang's husband, Karl Timothy Wendt, 50, attempted to rescue her and also ended up in the ocean where large waves breaking at over 10 feet pushed him onto a rock and swept Wang out to sea.

Park rangers, lifeguards and Hana firefighters and police officers assisted in the rescue effort, Talken-Spaulding said.

Park rangers Jackie Frost and Jonathan Liakos were able to assist Wendt, sliding a helmet and life vest out to him until he was picked up by a helicopter and brought to shore.

A lifeguard took a surfboard out to retrieve Wang's body, which was floating about 200 yards offshore, Talken-Spaulding said.

Kona police seek suspects in break-in at pharmacy

Big Island police are seeking the public's help in solving a burglary committed last month at the Kealakekua Pharmacy in Kona.

Police said that at about 2:43 a.m. on April 8, a thief or thieves broke into the pharmacy in the Mango Court complex in Kainaliu by smashing a sliding glass door.

Witnesses said they saw an unidentified male suspect, wearing a light-colored sweater with a hood over his head, leave the pharmacy and quickly disappear. The suspect was described only as being about 6 feet in height and having a slim build.

Police said that shortly before the break-in, witnesses described seeing a large white or tan sedan with its headlights turned off leave the front parking lot, travel north on Mamalahoa Highway and then make a U-turn and head south on the highway.

Police said unknown items, possibly bottles of a painkiller, were taken from a locked metal cabinet in the pharmacy.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the identities of the suspect or the owner of the sedan is asked to call Officer Belinda Kahiwa at 326-4646, the police nonemergency number at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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