Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire

City crews fixing roads following heavy rains

Five crews of city workers scoured roads in Honolulu and Pearl City yesterday, fixing potholes left behind by heavy rains.

"They're doing amazing work," said city spokeswoman Carol Costa. "It's Sunday and we're out ... but this work has to be done."

City crews were expected to continue filling potholes today.

State workers will also begin fixing potholes reported on highways today, according to state Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa.

Dozens of the pits, created when water gets under the road's surface and breaks up gravel, could be seen around the island yesterday.

Both the city and state have pothole hot lines.

For city roads, call 527-6006. For state highways, call 536-7852. Both services, which have recordings, ask the caller to pinpoint the location of the pothole by spelling the street name and giving intersections and landmarks.

Exhibition to benefit women seeks artists

Geckos in Paradise, a community art exhibition to benefit women's health issues, is seeking artists to adorn its 5-foot fiberglass geckos.

The decorated geckos will be available for bidding online on eBay during August and September to raise funds for the Kapiolani Comprehensive Breast Center.

Approximately 50 fiberglass geckos will be displayed throughout Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, including a master gecko designed by local artist Rochelle Lum.

Artists who would like to participate in decorating a gecko must complete application forms, available at or by e-mailing requests to There is no entry fee, and expenses up to $500 will be reimbursed. The application deadline is Feb. 2.

The event will culminate with a "Gecko Gala and Grand Finale" with a live auction in October in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The art exhibition and charity benefit is organized by the Kapiolani Health Foundation, which hopes to generate $500,000 in support of the breast center. For more information, visit

Anthropologist speaks on Hawaiian culture

A University of Hawaii and Bishop Museum anthropologist will lecture today on how the modern world can learn about environmental and social sustainability from the native Hawaiian culture.

Marion Kelly, recently the featured host in the three-part film series "Ahupuaa, Fishponds and Loi," will speak tonight from 7 to 8:30 at the Moiliili Community Center, Room 207.

Native plants will be given away to participants. For more information or to reserve a plant, call organizer Karen Ah Mai at 955-7882.

HPU offers adults free seminars

Hawaii Pacific University is offering two free seminars this week for working adults interested in college degree programs.

At 5:30 p.m. tomorrow the university will offer a seminar on "How to Shorten the Time It Takes to Get a College Degree." The seminar will be presented on the 11th floor of 1164 Bishop St.

The program is designed for those who have had some previous college, military or work experience and wish to receive their college degree in the shortest possible time.

Another seminar, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, will be on the Master of Sciences in information systems for professionals. The seminar will be in Room 911 of 1164 Bishop St. Information will be available on the 18-month graduate program for information system professionals.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Pedestrian is hit by car in Wahiawa

A 18-year-old pedestrian was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition yesterday morning after she was struck by a car in Wahiawa.

Police said the woman was crossing Kamehameha Highway near Maalo Street about 6:17 a.m. when she was struck by a silver 2000 Daewoo sedan driven by a 31-year-old Kaneohe woman traveling north on the highway.

The pedestrian suffered head and leg injuries and was initially taken to Wahiawa Hospital, then was transferred to Queen's. Police said the pedestrian was not in the crosswalk.

Man allegedly shoots officer with paintball

Police arrested an 18-year-old Aiea man Saturday after he allegedly shot an officer with a paintball gun.

About 10 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a trespassing complaint on Kulawea Street, and the suspect allegedly shot one of the officers in the right leg with a paintball.

The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and first-degree trespassing. He was released pending further investigation.

Man dies after rescue at Hanauma Bay

A 56-year-old California man died Saturday after being rescued from Hanauma Bay.

A medical examiner identified the man as Steve Hamill, of Saugus, Calif.

Police said Hamill was swimming in Hanauma Bay about 5:28 p.m. when he started to struggle and called for help. Family members rescued Hamill and brought him to shore where Emergency Medical Services personnel administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Hamill was taken to the Queen's Medical Center where he later died. An autopsy is expected to be performed today to determine cause of death.


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