Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Rescued baby dolphin's condition improves

The condition of a 4-month-old dolphin that was rescued on Christmas improved yesterday, officials said.

The 30-pound female dolphin, which is being cared for at the Marine Mammal Research rehabilitation facility at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, is suffering from pneumonia but is responding to antibiotics. The dolphin was found stranded at Pokai Bay in Waianae.

Arizona Memorial restrictions eased

Starting today, visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial will be able to carry with them purses, fanny packs, camera bags and other personal baggage that are no bigger than 12 inches in height, width and depth.

The same security measures also apply to visitors to the USS Bowfin and USS Missouri, said spokesman Brad Baker. The three visitor attractions banned all personal baggage, such as camera bags and fanny packs, after the Sept. 11 attacks.

A measurement box has been set up to check baggage size, making sure all bags meet the size limit, Baker said, however, any baggage is subject to search at any time,.

For more information, call 422-0561 or go to the website

Waikiki police units to move to new office

Honolulu police detectives and Crime Reduction Unit officers assigned to the Waikiki patrol district will move next month from their Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center office to Beretania Medical Dental Plaza at 848 S. Beretania St., said Capt. Evan Ching, acting district commander.

Patrol officers will continue to operate from the Waikiki Substation on Kalakaua Avenue.

Maui County offers to buy park areas

WAILUKU >> Outgoing Maui Mayor James "Kimo" Apana has offered to have the county purchase about 3.5 acres from Wailuku Agribusiness, including parcels at the Waihee Ball Field and Waiehu Beach Park.

The county, which has leased the lands from Wailuku Agribusiness for more than 20 years at $1 a year, is making the offer to ensure the areas remain in public use, said Apana, who leaves office today.

The county has offered $95,000 or the appraised price, whichever is lower. The purchase is subject to the Maui County Council's approval.

Gov. Lingle to attend Valley Isle ceremonies

Gov. Linda Lingle is scheduled to return to the island of her political roots today for various ceremonies and a speaking engagement.

Lingle will attend an inauguration ceremony for the incoming Maui County Council and incoming Mayor Alan Arakawa today, according to her office.

Tomorrow, she is scheduled to speak at a luncheon hosted by the Maui Chamber of Commerce, Maui Visitors Bureau and the Maui Hotel Association.



>> Easter Seals Hawaii has elected the following to its board of directors for 2002-2003: Sue Sylvester-Palumbo, chair; Jean Santos, first vice chair; Jon Whittington, second vice chair; Mason Williams, treasurer; Ron Brandvold, secretary.

>> Hale Kuai Cooperative's 2003 board of directors include: Katrina Kapa Oliveira, president; Lawrence A.K. Akina, vice president; Nicole Lehua Kinilau, secretary; Michele Kamakea Kalili, treasurer; and Ivy Haliimaile Andrade, Maile Meyer and Ken Ching, directors.

>> The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, has reaffirmed the accreditation for Transpacific Hawaii College.

>> The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded Malama na Makua A Keiki, Inc. (dba Malama Family Recovery Center) a $30,000 grant to continue substance abuse treatment, life skill enhancement, and educational/therapeutic living services for eligible women and their families. The grant will help the center in integrating traditional Hawaiian cultural values and activities into its curriculum.

>> The Native Hawaiian Producer Project, administered by the Koolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club, has been awarded $450,000 from the U.S. Administration for Native Americans. The money will be used for economic development for the next two years.

>> Former Gov. Ben Cayetano, the nation's first Filipino-American governor, and Belinda Aquino, University of Hawaii professor of political science and Asian Studies, have been given awards from Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. They are among 34 recipients of the Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas awards.

>> Fifteen Kamehameha Schools students, grades 9 through 12, who comprise the CyberWarriors Club, won the "Excellence in Media Production" award for their high school Web site. The award was given recently at the International Student Media Festival in Dallas, Texas.

Club members who contributed to the winning entry are Aaron England, Barbara Hayward, Makoa Jacobsen, Bronsen Kawewehi, Lea Kimura, Nicholas Masagatani, Krissie Naone, Lahela Nihipali, Keoni Ochmann, Alexander Paulsen, Peter Thourson, Andrew Tong, Russell Torres and Jeffrey Williams.

>> Dole Middle School will award its "Pride of Dole" award this month to the following alumni: Coronado Aquino, banquet manager at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel; Gail Tagashira, an editor at the Los Angeles Times; and Raphael Sanders, a professional clarinet player and professor of music at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

>> Capt. Kristen Vondruska of Tripler Army Medical Center has received the Chief Army Nurse Corps Award of Excellence. Vondruska, 30, has worked at Tripler for more than three years, first as the officer in charge of the Medical Specialties Clinic, and since August, the head nurse of the Medicine-Oncology Ward. She also serves as chairperson of the Human Animal Bond Committee, which focuses on providing pet therapy and interaction with patients. She received Tripler's Department of Medicine Head Nurse of the Year Award in May 2002.


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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Shooting at motel under investigation

Police investigated a shooting at the Pacific Marina Inn on Waiwai Loop near the airport early yesterday morning.

Police said a man knocked on the door of a room at the motel and asked to be let in. When the man inside the room refused, the suspect shot six to seven shots from a handgun through the door then fled on foot, police said. No one was injured. Police said they have no suspects.


4 stranded hikers rescued from ridge

Four hikers who were stranded on a ridge above Mokuleia Beach Park were rescued late last night.

The hikers, two men and two women, started out about noon yesterday. They used a cellular telephone to call a friend for help after they became stranded. Their friend then notified police, and a search began shortly after 8 p.m. They were airlifted by a fire department helicopter about two hours later.

Neighbor Island

13 arrested in 1 week for drunken driving

Big Island police said they arrested 13 motorists for suspicion of drunken driving from Dec. 23 to 29.

Three of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents, police said Tuesday.

With figures from the last two days of the year not yet tallied, Big Island police said they had a 4 percent increase in drunken-driving arrests, to 864 in 2002 from 830 during the same period last year.

Drunken-driving fatalities, however, fell 40 percent to nine, compared with 15 during the same period last year, police said. Overall traffic fatalities also declined, by about 10 percent, to 28 from 31 a year earlier.

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