Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Arizona student union gets USS Arizona bell

TUCSON, Ariz. >> A bell from the battleship USS Arizona has a new home in the bell tower of the University of Arizona's yet-to-be-completed student union.

About four months of construction remain on the student union, but university officials and construction managers raised the bell into the tower yesterday with a crane.

The almost 2,000-pound bell, cast in 1915, was housed at the old student union since the building's completion in 1951. Five years earlier, the bell, one of two installed aboard the USS Arizona, was brought to the university from the Puget Sound Naval Yard, where it was stored after the historic ship sank in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

University alumnus Bill Bowers discovered the bell in a crate at the naval yard where it was scheduled to be melted, and arranged to have it transported to the university in 1944. The other bell is on display at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Cayetano celebrates diversity of isles

Gov. Ben Cayetano said in a Statehood Day statement yesterday that the people of Hawaii enjoy a diversity unlike any other state.

"While we celebrate the differences that define and enrich our island culture, we also treasure our identity as Americans and affirm our shared commitment to a happier and more prosperous future for all," he said in the statement.

"Since Aug. 21, 1959, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the proclamation that made statehood official, we have been proud members of a nation which has defended the principles of justice and equality over several generations," Cayetano said.

Until last year, Statehood Day was observed as Admission Day. The Legislature changed the name to avoid confusion over what was being celebrated.

Isle Hispanic center hosts family health fair

The Hispanic Center of Hawaii will sponsor its fourth annual Family Health Fair Sept. 28 in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The free event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Windward Mall, will feature more than 25 participating health agencies, free health screening, health-related workshops, healthy food samples, entertainment and giveaways.

Volunteers are needed to help with the fair. Call Nancy Ortiz at 941-5216 or 285-0072.




>> The Housing and Community Development Corp. of Hawaii's board of directors have elected Wesley R. Segawa, Hawaii County representative, its chairperson; Kurt H. Mitchell, City & County of Honolulu representative, vice chair; Aipopo Aipopo Jr., public housing resident representative, secretary; and Sharyn L. Miyashiro, executive director of HCDCH, treasurer.

Also, the Rental Housing Trust Fund Advisory Commission elected Leslie Kurisaki of Kimura International, chairperson; and Betty Lou Larson of Catholic Charities Elderly Services, vice chair.

>> Mike McCartney, president and CEO of Hawaii Public Television, has been elected chairman of the Hawaii Tourism Authority; and Ron Wright, Continental Airlines managing director of sales and marketing, vice chairman. They replace Roy Tokujo and David Carey, respectively, whose terms expired.

>> The State of Hawaii Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars elected Ida Woolsey, president; RoseMarie Birch, vice president; Naomi Araki, junior vice president; Peggy Haake, secretary; and Josephine Keanu, treasurer, for the 2002-2003 term.

>> Robert Calhoun has been named Hawaii/Asia regional vice president of sales and marketing for Marriott Vacation Club International. He will oversee four vacation ownership properties on Kauai, Maui and Oahu; and a property in Bangkok. Formerly, he resided in southern Florida, where he held the same position.

>> Emme Tomimbang, star of "Emme's Island Moments" television specials, has been awarded the District 49 Toastmasters' 2002 Communication and Leadership Award.

"Taking Notice" runs Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Send items to City Desk, Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Corrections and clarifications

>> A Taste of Momoyama, at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21. A story in Food for Thought yesterday said incorrectly that it would be Aug. 22. Also, Hiromi Iuchi graduated from Kansai University; the story said incorrectly that he graduated from Kansas University.

>> State revenue from cigarette taxes in fiscal 2002 was $22,559,938 more than in fiscal 2000. A Thursday Page A1 article incorrectly said the increase was from fiscal 2001. 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


Driver checkpoints run through Monday

Honolulu police are setting up checkpoints to help keep alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers off the road during the Statehood Day holiday weekend.

The checkpoints will be set up through Monday. So far this year, 11 of the 41 traffic fatalities on Oahu were alcohol- or drug-related, police said.

Honolulu police seize counterfeit golf clubs

Police seized 10 counterfeit Callaway Golf clubs from a 41-year-old man Thursday at his home in Kalihi.

Police said the man allegedly sold some counterfeit clubs as the genuine product. Authorized Callaway retailer John Schroeder said he discovered the sale of counterfeit clubs by checking the Internet.

"Some of them were very good. They can even fool a trained eye," Schroeder said. All Callaway Golf clubs have serial numbers and cost as much as $450 for a driver.


Driver's dog takes a bite out of crime

A dog took a bite out of crime Thursday night when its owner was being threatened with a pair of scissors.

Police said the dog owner was sitting in his car about 8:50 p.m. in Pearl City when a 47-year-old man threatened him, which prompted the dog to bite the attacker on the nose. The dog owner, also a 47-year-old man, was able to escape and call police.

Police arrested a suspect for investigation of terroristic threatening and unauthorized entry into a vehicle and then released him. He also was treated for a cut and abrasions to his nose at the scene.

The breed of the dog was not immediately available.


Big Isle woman faces drug and gun charges

KAILUA-KONA >> Big Island police said they are holding Randalline Akana, 32, of no permanent address, on drug and firearms charges following her arrest Thursday.

Responding to a domestic dispute, police found Akana in possession of a glass smoking pipe with crystal methamphetamine and a firearm in her vehicle, they said.

After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, police found 18 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 3.2 grams of cocaine, 17.4 grams of marijuana, a 20-gauge shotgun with 11 shotgun shells, drug paraphernalia and $595 in cash, they said.

Akana was charged with two counts of promoting dangerous drugs, two counts of drug paraphernalia, promoting detrimental drugs and four firearms violations, they said. She was not able to post bail of $6,350.

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