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Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Event to tackle talking about birds and bees

"Parent-Child Communication: Talking to Kids About Sex" will be the topic of a special presentation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the library conference room at Farrington High School.

Barbara Huberman, director of education and outreach at Advocates for Youth, a national youth advocacy organization, will provide information and resources to help parents give their children healthy and positive sexuality education.

The event is sponsored by the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii and is open to the public. Call 951-5805 to register because of limited seating.

Aloha United Way hits $13 million goal

The Aloha United Way has announced its 2003 donation campaign matched its $13 million goal.

Money will go toward health and human service programs.

The nonprofit organization received its first $1 million donation to the Oahu campaign, from the Bank of Hawaii.

"We really struggled at the end. We made it because of the generosity from companies in Honolulu. They were terrific and responsive," said United Way President Irving Lauber.

Hepatitis C the topic of free presentation

A special presentation will be given on hepatitis C and substance use from 8:30 to 10 a.m. tomorrow at Drug Addiction Services of Hawaii Inc., 1130 Nimitz Highway, Suite C-302.

Limited seating is available for the free event. For reservations, e-mail or call 221-6204.

Maui firefighter gets award for saving lives

WAILUKU >> A firefighter has received the highest award bestowed by the Maui Fire Department for twice saving the life of his neighbor.

Sheldon Hamakua was off-duty and at home when he responded to two separate emergencies requiring him to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation to his 78-year-old neighbor, on Nov. 4 and Nov. 12.

Fire and Public Safety Commission Chairman Blake Takayama said Hamakua's quick response saved the neighbor from possible death or serious brain damage.

He was given the Kahuola Award honoring his heroic effort.

"Sheldon Hamakua is a true professional," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "The courage and compassion he has so unselfishly demonstrated is a tribute not only to the quality and proficiency of Maui's firefighters, but also to his own character and integrity."

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


20 firefighters battle blaze in Pearl City

About 20 firefighters from four companies fought a stubborn blaze early this morning that gutted storage areas at a Pearl City Industrial Park auto recycling business, a fire official said.

Fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said the fire at Abe's Auto Recyclers Inc. at 96-1268 Waihona St. started at 4 a.m. and was brought under control at 4:46 a.m. The fire was completely extinguished sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 6:40 a.m.

The fire gutted a two-story steel-framed building and adjacent areas where tires and other parts were stored, Tejada said.

"Tire fires are very persistent," he said.

The fire was near the Hawaii National Guard armory, but there was enough space separating it from the fire so that the armory was not threatened.

"The biggest challenge was the fire was a long ways in from the first hydrant -- 2,000 feet," Tejada said.

Firefighters used a relay system using two engines and a ladder truck to pipe water in.

No one was injured in the fire.

The cause is being investigated and no damage estimates were available this morning.

Officials investigating fire at Campbell High

Police and fire investigators are looking into a suspicious fire begun that caused an estimated $1,900 in damages at Campbell High School's administration building last night.

Police said the arsonist or arsonists pried open a wooden louver and threw a combustible, ignitable item into the office at about 7:45 p.m.

Several books and paper items were damaged, police said. Damages were contained to one office.


Burglary ring targets officers at Schofield

The Army and Honolulu police are asking for the public's help in finding those responsible for stealing jewelry from at least three Schofield Barracks homes in the officers' quarters housing between Oct. 4 and Dec. 7.

Items taken include watches, necklaces, pendants, rings and coins. Several were heirloom pieces.

Burglary on a military installation, a federal offense, may be punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Anyone with information is urged to call Special Agent Christopher Jenkins at 655-2501 or anonymous calls made be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.


Police arrest 2 teens in pellet gun incident

Police arrested two teens Monday night after one of them allegedly pointed a pellet gun in the direction of two other teens in Kailua.

The suspects, ages 17 and 18, were arguing at 10:15 p.m. Monday with two other teenagers, also 17 and 18, in a Kailua parking lot.

Police said the suspect 17-year-old got out of his car and allegedly aimed the pellet gun in the direction of the other teens.

Police arrested the suspects on two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

They were released pending further investigation.

Burglars took artwork from Lanikai home

Honolulu police are looking for suspects who stole several pieces of artwork in the burglary of a Lanikai home sometime between Nov. 25 and Dec. 3.

The suspects entered the home and took four oil paintings, four watercolor paintings and a glass ball.

Anyone with information may call Detective Darryl Castillo at 261-6106 or anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Waimanalo man held in alleged knife case

Police arrested a 36-year-old Waimanalo man yesterday for allegedly trying to slash an 18-year-old man with a knife on Jan. 9.

Police said the victim confronted another man about a trespassing incident, when the suspect tried to slash the victim twice with a knife.

After an investigation, the suspect was identified and arrested yesterday for first-degree terroristic threatening.


Moiliili man robbed in his apartment

Police are searching for two men who robbed a Moiliili man at his apartment yesterday.

The suspects, one described as in his 20s and the other in his 40s, allegedly assaulted and threatened the victim before taking cash and jewelry.

Police said the robbery occurred at 2512 Kapiolani Blvd. between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. yesterday.

HPD wants help to find stolen 9-foot surfboard

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department request the public's assistance in locating the suspect who stole a Ben Aipa surfboard from the roof of a car parked on the 1500 block of Rycroft Street between midnight and 7 a.m. Jan. 1.

The 9-foot, tri-fin surfboard was valued at $800. It is white with flames on top and sides and a black skull on the left tip of the nose.

Anyone with information may contact Detective Malcolm Uehara at 547-7214. Anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.


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