New exhibit chronicles history of Aala

An exhibit at the Japanese Cultural Center set to open Dec. 10 will chronicle the story of Aala, once a bustling enclave where people went to shop, eat and socialize.

"Aala was a robust, vibrant Japanese business community and that's why we decided to do this project," said Brian Suzuki, one of the exhibit's coordinators. "Here is a story that you don't hear much about. The story reveals how people back then spent their leisure time -- they came to Aala," he said.

"A'ala: The Story of a Japanese Community in Hawaii" will run until Feb. 14 at the center's community gallery. A book by the same title, written by Michael M. Okihiro and the project's coordinators, will be available for sale during the exhibit's showing.

Admission to the exhibit is free. For more information, call 945-7633.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


UH student dies after accident at Kipu Falls

A 22-year-old University of Hawaii student died yesterday after swinging from a rope off a 30-foot-high cliff at Kipu Falls on Kauai, a fire department official said.

The cause of her death is still under investigation, but firefighters said she was under the water for more than 30 minutes before she was found. She also had an injury on her chin, where she may have hit the rocks.

The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m., when the woman swung off the cliff and could not be found by her companion. Rescue personnel found her about 6:10 p.m. 

Woman's body found in water off Kalihi Kai

Kauai police are investigating the death of a woman found in shallow waters off Kalihi Kai yesterday morning, according to the Kauai Fire Department.

The woman, in her mid-30s, was wearing a formal outfit and jewelry. Firefighters said it appeared that the body had been in the water overnight.


Family of 6 left homeless after fire

A family of six is being helped by the American Red Cross after a fire at their Waikane Valley home yesterday caused $30,000 in damage.

Eighteen firefighters responded to the blaze at 48-377 Kamehameha Highway at 12:48 p.m. A woman and four children were home at the time of the incident, but were not injured.

A Honolulu Fire Department spokesman estimated $5,000 in damage to the family's belongings and $25,000 damage to the home.


Suspect with gun robs man in car, police say

A man sleeping in his car in a Kapiolani Boulevard parking lot was robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning, police said.

The suspect, a man in his 20s armed with a handgun, woke the 35-year-old victim up and demanded money, according to a police report.

The victim had no money with him and went to nearby bar to get some from an automatic teller machine. When the victim returned, the suspect had fled with a cell phone, digital camera and car keys.


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