Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Honolulu sets record low temperature of 57

Honolulu broke a record low temperature yesterday with a cool 57 degrees shortly before sunrise. The previous 58-degree low for Honolulu on Jan. 17 was set in 1983.

The National Weather Service reported temperature lows yesterday ranging from the low 50s to the upper 60s.

The National Weather Service reported that Kahului was the coldest site with 53 degrees, which tied its record low for that date.

"Higher elevations may have gotten lower," said Jeff Powell, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service.

Tribute to Brandt scheduled for Jan. 28

The University of Hawaii Center for Hawaiian Studies will be the setting of a Jan. 28 tribute for Gladys Kamakakuokalani Ainoa Brandt, 96, a revered leader of the Hawaiian community who died Wednesday.

The memorial service and hula tribute will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kamakakuokalani Building, 2645 Dole St., which was named for Brandt last year. It is sponsored by the 'Ilio'ulaokalani, Halau Ki Mana and the Native Hawaiian Leadership Project.

Leis may be offered, and checks to the American Cancer Society in her memory will be accepted.

Hokule'a's restoration to be feted tomorrow

The Polynesian Voyaging Society is celebrating the completion of the Hokule'a's restoration at Sand Island and inviting the public to attend tomorrow.

The celebration, E Ola Hokule'a ("Hokule'a lives"), is also meant to thank the hundreds of supporters and volunteers who spent more than a year doing extensive restoration on the Hokule'a, a Polynesian voyaging canoe now a State Treasure of Hawaii.

Crew members will lead tours of the Hokule'a throughout the day. Original members of the Hokule'a's maiden voyages will hold storytelling sessions. Video and slide presentations of past voyages will be shown. Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau, will also be making a presentation.

The event will also feature local entertainment and food from Sam Choy's and Iva's Komplete Katering.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marine Education & Training Center; turn right at the first traffic light on Sand Island Parkway after the bridge.

Tee system upgrade to cause disruptions

The city will be upgrading its automatic golf tee time system, which will cause brief interruptions of service next week.

The telephone reservation system will be shut down 5 to 11 p.m. Monday, 1 to 11 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

The enhancements to the system will upgrade its database and increase transaction processing speed.



Vocational rehab services honor
individuals with award ceremony

The state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind recently honored the following people at an award ceremony for Rehabilitant of the Year:

>> Michael Tom, a behavioral health counselor at King Kekaulike High School in Maui.

>> Steve Kim, who operates the Ho'opono (Services for the Blind) snack shop in Honolulu.

>> Karen Kaho'opi'i, a telephone operator for the U.S. Secret Service agency's Asia-Pacific Region office.

>> Brian Matsuo, a man with cerebral palsy who is a "runner" on his motorized scooter for Photo Service of Hawaii.

>> Stephanie Zane, a Special Olympics volunteer and a self-advocacy liaison for the Hawaii Centers for Independent Living and the state Department of Health's Developmental Disabilities Division.

>> Eugene Aweau, a crew worker at the Kentucky Fried Chicken Kapolei store, his first real job.

Employers of the Year include Caroline Lim, an Arizona Memorial blind co-operator of the blind vending stand; TheoDavies Food Service Group -- Taco Bell; McDonald's of Hilo, assistant manager Kathleen Branco; Photo Service of Hawaii; Dave & Buster's Inc.; Kona Natural Foods and Deli; Denny's Restaurants of Maui; Kazi Foods Corp. dba KFC Hawaii; U.S. Secret Service, Albert Joaquin, special agent.

Dennis Fujimoto, of the Garden Island newspaper on Kauai, was given the Outstanding Media Advocate award.


>> Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon of the Hawaii Supreme Court has been honored with the 2003 Distinguished Service Award by the National Center for State Courts.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> State House Speaker Calvin Say characterized the economic plans of President Bush as having "enormous tax cuts for the very rich." A Page A1 article on Thursday incorrectly quoted Say as saying the plan called for "enormous tax credits."

>> Gerhard Weinberg, an expert on Nazi Germany and World War II, is a history professor at the University of North Carolina. A Page A4 article yesterday on his upcoming speech in Honolulu incorrectly referred to the college as the University of North California. 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


Remote spot is tough on HFD in brush fire

Firefighters spent about eight hours putting out a brush fire in a remote part of Round Top yesterday.

The fire burned about a quarter-acre of forest. But because of its location, firefighters had to rely only on water drops from the Honolulu Fire Department's Air One helicopter to douse the flames.

"It was on a ridge between two valleys. That's a rotten place to have a fire," said Capt. Edward Hunter, Makiki Fire Station commander.

Hunter said firefighters had to hike 25 minutes into the forest to get to the fire. They reported the fire under control at 12:25 p.m. but stayed till 4:30 p.m. to help firefighters from the state Forestry Division put out hot spots.

The fire was in a spot between three hiking trails mauka of the Hawaii Nature Center.

State officials suspect the fire was started by overnight campers.


Building materials stolen off Big Isle lot

Big Island police are seeking the public's help in solving the theft of building materials from a Volcano-area house lot in Puna.

Police said thieves stole the building materials sometime between Dec. 27 and Jan. 1. Among the items taken were 32 new sheets of green, 24-foot steel panels with a custom four-ribbed pattern, which can be used for roofing or siding, and screws made of lead, which can contaminate water catchment systems.

Anyone with information about the theft or the identity of the thieves is asked to call the Keaau station at 966-5835 or the Police Department's nonemergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Hilo police arrest man in shooting case

Hilo police arrested a 41-year-old man for allegedly shooting another man during an argument over a boat yesterday morning.

The victim, identified as Calvin L. Kobayashi, 44, of Pahoa, was taken to the Hilo Medical Center and later flown to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. His alleged assailant is being held in the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation by Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives.

According to police, Kobayashi had been repairing the suspect's boat, and the two got into an argument when the suspect came by to retrieve the boat. During the altercation, the suspect got a handgun, shot at Kobayashi several times, wounding him in the side, and then drove off.

About 10 minutes after the shooting, the assailant called police, told them where he was and later surrendered without incident.

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