Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff


Sebastian Blanco was among anti-war protesters who took to the streets around Ala Moana Center yesterday. The rally, organized to protest President Bush's war efforts, coincided with other protests conducted across the mainland and in Europe and Japan. The Honolulu rally, organized by University of Hawaii professors, included a march that attracted about 800 people.Traffic in the area was snarled as the procession made its way from Ala Moana Park to Piikoi Street, Kapiolani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive, ending back at the park.

Emerging roles of the sea to be addressed Saturday

"The Changing Sea: Emerging Issues and Technologies" will be discussed during the Honolulu Harbor Festival 2002 Lecture Series beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Aloha Tower Marketplace, Mauka Lanai.

The event will begin with a panel discussion at 9:30 a.m. on trends in the cruise industry, ocean resources and conflicting uses. Speakers will be from the East-West Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A second panel at 10 a.m. will cover emerging technologies, such as ocean thermal energy conversion and offshore fisheries.

At 11 a.m., Cmdr. Stanley Stancy will lead a discussion on the Ehime Maru, the Japanese fishing vessel struck by the submarine USS Greeneville.

John Craven of the Common Heritage Corp. will talk about the future of the oceans during lunch at 12:15 p.m.

The Lecture Series will kick off the 2002 Honolulu Harbor Festival, scheduled Nov. 9, to celebrate the Honolulu waterfront's cultural history.

Admission for the lectures is $10 for students and juniors; $15 for adults.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Reduced parking validation will be provided for participants.

For more information or to make reservation, call Bob Moore, Hawaii Maritime Center, 523-6151, or see:


Hundreds of computers and hardware accessories were piled in the parking lot of CompUSA yesterday in Kakaako. "Hawaii Computers for Kids" accepted old computers from the public. Some are to be reused, some recycled, some trashed.

Walk commemorates lives touched by cancer

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will have its third Annual Light the Night Walk tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Ala Moana Beach Park.

The event will commemorate lives touched by cancer. Participating cancer survivors will hold flickering white balloons; other participants will carry lit red balloons along a two-mile route within their communities.

There is no registration fee, but those raising $25 or more will carry one of the society's illuminated balloons.

Dedication banners will be displayed to allow everyone to place a name or message in honor or in memory of a friend or family member with cancer.

Participants will be awarded prizes based on their fund-raising efforts.

A pre-walk celebration will be held at Ala Moana Beach Park's McCoy Pavilion, with live music and refreshments by Outback Steakhouse and Subway.

For more information, call 534-1222 or visit

Donation drive helps kidney dialysis patients

McKinley High School's National Honor Society and faculty collected boxes of household items to donate to kidney dialysis patients as part of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii's annual "Make a Difference Day."

Students and faculty presented the gifts Thursday at the school to foundation representatives.

Donated items including shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper and soap will be distributed to Oahu dialysis patients.

Additional contributions can be made at Pearlridge Center on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., at the foundation's "Scare Away Kidney Disease" event.

Donations can also be made at the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii office at the Interstate Building, suite 305, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Validated parking is available. Call the foundation at 593-1515, ext. 233 for more information.

Isles chosen as a site for national TB studies

Hawaii is one of 22 sites selected nationally to participate in a new Tuberculosis Epidemiological Studies Consortium.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a 10-year contract to the state Department of Health's Tuberculosis Program to participate.

The contract amounts to $1.2 million over 10 years for Hawaii's TB program and will increase local research, the Health Department said.

Dr. Jessie Wing, chief of the Hawaii TB program, is principle investigator for Hawaii. A nurse epidemiologist also will be sought by the state to coordinate studies locally.

Research priorities include: TB among foreign-born persons, latent TB infection, contact investigation and new diagnostic tools. One is the Quaniferon test, a likely alternative to traditional TB skin tests, the Health Department said.

For more information, call 832-5731.

Symposium explores alternative health care

"The Future of Complementary and Alternative Health Care Research" will be explored during a symposium from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. tomorrow at the East-West Center, Imin Conference Center Pacific Room.

The symposium will highlight innovative research, products and practices showing promise for the prevention and treatment of such illnesses and diseases as cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disorders.

Among speakers will be Annie Wu, chair, executive committee of The World Trade Centers Association, Hong Kong; Dr. Fred M.K. Lam, president, American Association of Acupuncture and Bio-energetic Medicine; and Ruey Jane Ryburn, holistic nurse-certified and professor emeritus, University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.

The School of Nursing and John A. Burns School of Medicine are co-sponsoring the event with the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and The World Trade Centers Association of Hong Kong.


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Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

HECO crews worked to repair downed lines on Makaloa Street yesterday. See story below.


2 Big Island visitors die in single-car crash

Two women from Hungary died yesterday following a one-car crash on Mac Nut Road, about two miles from Route 11 and before the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Big Island police reported.

The women, ages 67 and 77, were passengers in a rented 2002 Dodge sedan driven by Barna Fekete, a 48-year-old man and the visitors' tour guide.

Police responding to a 2:47 p.m. call yesterday determined that Fekete lost control of the car while driving eastbound, ran off the right shoulder and struck a macadamia nut tree.

Fekete, who was wearing a seatbelt, was treated for minor injuries at the scene. His passengers, one in the front seat and one in the rear, were not wearing seatbelts and received head injuries in the crash.

Autopsies have been ordered to determine causes of death and two standard negligent homicide cases have been initiated, police said.

Firebreak planned in fighting fire near Kona

Big Island firefighters planned to use a bulldozer last night to create a firebreak around a 40- to 60-acre brushfire near the Kona Palisades subdivision, a spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 2:39 p.m. yesterday in the vicinity of Kakahiaka and Kaiminai streets. The fire was not threatening homes last night.

Woman dies after losing control of car

Kehau K. Low, 17, of Kualapuu, Molokai, died of injuries after a one-car accident at 4:10 a.m. yesterday near Hoolehua.

She lost control of her vehicle, a 1999 two-door Honda Civic, while traveling west on Farrington Avenue, Maui police reported.

She was thrown from the car when it ran onto the north shoulder of the highway and overturned. She was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Low was taken by ambulance to Molokai General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police are still investigating if alcohol, speed or drugs were involved.

Unbelted teen dies after van crashes

MAALAEA, Maui >> Maui police say a fatal traffic accident in Maalaea underscores the need for back seat passengers to buckle up.

Marie Larrobis, 16, might have survived a head-on collision Thursday evening if she had been wearing a seat belt, Lt. Charles Hirata said.

The Lahainaluna High School student was laying down in the back seat of a van when it was hit by an oncoming truck on Honoapiilani Highway near McGregor Point, police said.

Larrobis was pronounced dead Friday morning at Maui Memorial Medical Center, where the two drivers were being treated for serious injuries.

Police were investigating reports that the truck was being driven erratically before it crossed the highway's centerline and crashed into the van, Hirata said. Under state law, all front seat passengers and back seat passengers under the age of 18 must wear seat belts.




Explosion, fire hurts power at building

An explosion and fire in the main power panel that supplies and monitors electricity for the 1400 Kapiolani Building caused about $60,000 damage yesterday morning, the fire department said. The fire was reported at 8:43 a.m. Buildings A and B were evacuated and Makaloa Street was closed until about 10:30 a.m. while firefighters put out the fire and Hawaiian Electric Company crews repaired a damaged pole. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Search for missing man to continue today

The Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club today planned to resume searching for Richard C. Rubin, 49, who was to meet with family members Thursday and didn't show up.

His car, a white Lexus, was found opposite Kalawahine Trail at 3798 Tantalus Drive.

About 25 members of the Honolulu police and fire departments and state Department of Land and Natural Resources covered about six miles of trails yesterday without finding any trace of him.

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