Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Neighborhood board filing deadline nears

Tomorrow is the deadline to file as a candidate for an Oahu neighborhood board. As of Thursday 250 people had applied for 444 available seats, according to Benjamin Kama Jr., executive secretary of the Neighborhood Commission.

"An individual board member can make a difference in his or her community, and collectively they advise the City Council and the city government on their community's priorities and goals," Kama said.

Candidate forms are available on the Web at, or call 527-5579 for information.

N. Shore beaches have dangerously high surf

Lifeguards on Oahu's north shore beaches are advising people to stay out of the water today because of big, stormy surf.

Waves ranged 15 to 20 feet high last night and are expected to grow higher by tonight. National Weather Service forecasters, who issued a high-surf warning for the northwest facing shores of all islands, said the waves may reach up to 35 feet high by tomorrow.

Waves washed over some roads this morning but no damage or accidents were reported.

Surf is expected to decrease below the warning level on Wednesday or Thursday. Another swell is expected to arrive on Friday.

Northwest winds of 20-25 mph are trailing a cold front that passed through the islands early this morning, bringing the high surf, forecasters said.

Plan for lane closures along roads on Oahu

Oahu motorists should plan ahead for lane closures on several roads tomorrow through Friday.

One Honolulu-bound or Koko Head-bound lane of Kalanianaole Highway will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. between the H-1 freeway and West Hind Drive in Aina Haina for guardrail installation and other roadway work.

A single lane may be closed along Kamehameha Highway and Moanalua Freeway in the Honolulu-bound direction between McGrew Loop and Aloha Stadium, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a lighting improvements project.

Likelike Highway will be closed as follows:

>> One lane in the Honolulu-bound direction from the Valley View Drive area to the pedestrian overpass at Kula Kolea Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for construction of a retaining wall.

>> One lane in the Kaneohe-bound direction from Nalanieha Street to Valley View Drive, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for slope stabilization work.

>> One lane in both the Honolulu-bound and Kaneohe-bound directions from the Valley View Drive area to Burmeister Overpass from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for median work.


Corrections and clarifications

>> The National Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation has provided $45 million in scholarship support for college students in science and engineering since it was founded in 1958. A story on Page A12 on Jan. 7 incorrectly stated the amount as $25 million.

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


Pickup hits and injures teen on stolen bicycle

A 17-year-old boy was in critical condition at the Queen's Medical Center yesterday after he was struck by a pickup truck while riding a stolen bicycle in Ewa, police said.

Police said the boy was riding makai on Fort Weaver Road about 1 a.m. when he veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a pickup truck.

Police said the boy suffered a fractured pelvis and was taken to Queen's.


Burned body found after Haiku home fire

WAILUKU >> The body of a man who was burned beyond recognition was discovered after a fire this morning at a Haiku home, said Assistant Fire Chief Gordon Cordeiro.

The fire may have been maliciously set, but the cause has not been determined, Cordeiro said. Police are investigating the death.

Cordeiro said firefighters received the alarm at 12:10 a.m. for 280 South Holokai Road. When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames, and the walls and roof had collapsed.

It appeared that one man lived at the house, which was built in 1954. Officials could not say if the victim was the resident. Damage was estimated at $130,000.

Unoccupied building burns at Aston resort

KIHEI >> Fire heavily damaged an abandoned two-story structure at the Aston Maui Lu Resort yesterday, leaving $100,500 worth of damage, fire officials said.

The fire is classified as suspicious although the cause remains under investigation, said acting Assistant Fire Chief Frank Tam. The fire broke out at about 2 p.m. in a wood building housing four units that had been used for long-term rentals.

Hotel manager Charles St. Sure said the blaze was about 300 yards away from the nearest room with guests.

Flames rose as high 50 feet, setting nearby palm trees on fire, neighbor Dave Weber said.

2 Big Isle fires doused by firefighters, helpers

Twenty Big Island firefighters and seven volunteers spent Saturday morning fighting two fires near Hualalai Road before getting them under control late in the morning.

The fires apparently began between 4 and 5 a.m. in two locations, one near the intersection of Hualalai Road and Queen Kaahumanu Highway and the other about two miles farther north, near Hualalai's intersection with Nanikailua Road, said Tom Parker, acting captain for the Kailua station.

No homes were threatened, but some construction materials were burned, Parker said.

The department used a helicopter, two engines, a brush truck and three tankers to fight the blazes.

Driver hurt in crash improves in hospital

A 21-year-old Kauai man critically injured Thursday in an accident involving two pickup trucks on Kauai has been upgraded to fair condition at the Queen's Medical Center.

Police said the victim's truck was hit by another truck as he was making a left turn onto Oyama Road from Kaumualii Highway. The victim was initially taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital and later flown to Queen's.

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