Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire


» Maui Ocean Center has donated $100,000 to establish and outfit the new Ocean Science Discovery Center at the Harbor Shops overlooking Maalaea Bay. The center offers interactive programs for children and adults; an array of laboratory equipment, computers and audiovisual equipment; and free lectures, slide show and video presentations, as well as other learning opportunities for groups. The center is a project of the nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation.

» The Estate of James Campbell has given $100,000 to the Kapolei schools complex for the purchase of computers. The schools include Kapolei High, Kapolei Middle, Kapolei Elementary, Mauka Lani Elementary, Makakilo Elementary and Barbers Point Elementary.

» Chris Fisher won $4,000 worth of garments per year for 10 years in a drawing to celebrate Hilo Hattie's 40th anniversary.

» The Honolulu Marathon has donated $10,000 to the University of Hawaii Foundation.

» The American Diabetes Association has hired Majken Mechling as executive director of its Hawaii area office. Mechling previously served as executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Hawaii chapter.

» Ann Medeiros, of Kailua, has been given an Honorary Certificate of Recognition from the Honolulu City Council for getting toddler swings for Pohakapu Park. Last year, the city removed unsafe playground equipment from many parks islandwide and installed equipment for older children. Medeiros formed the Friends of Pohakupu Park to raise money to replace the toddler swings.

» Michael Schuster, a specialist on Asian-Pacific arts, is the new curator of the East-West Center Gallery. He served from 1999 to 2002 as the state's folk arts coordinator until he joined the center early this year. Former curator Jeannette Bennington, who has been at the center since its inception in 1960, will continue as a senior consultant for the center's arts program.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

6 people injured in 2-car collision on Pali Highway

A two-car accident on the Pali Highway yesterday afternoon sent six people to area hospitals, emergency personnel said.

Three adults and three children were involved in the collision near Pali Highway and Dowsett Avenue about 4 p.m. Ambulance personnel said two adult males were taken to the Queen's Medical Center and one adult female was taken to Kuakini Medical Center, all in critical condition.

The three children were taken to Kapiolani Medical Center and were reported in fair condition.

Police seek man who disappeared Thursday

Police and fire rescue crews were searching the area mauka of Wailua, Kauai, for an 80-year-old man reported missing Thursday afternoon.

Police said the Kalaheo man had gone to the area with a friend to retrieve his vehicle, which was stuck in mud.

The two became separated, and the friend reported the victim missing at about 4:30 p.m. Police and fire crews searched on the ground and from the air until 8 p.m. Thursday night and then resumed the search yesterday morning.

Police said the Kauai Search Dog Association was helping in the search.

Stripping solvent is chief suspect in fire

WAILUKU » A gas heater pilot light fueled by nearby floor-stripping solvent is suspected of causing a fire that caused $260,000 in damage to an Upcountry Maui house owned by a firefighter, said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Paranada.

Paranada said construction workers were using a solvent yesterday morning to strip the floors of a house purchased a month ago by firefighter Thomas Devereux and his wife.

Paranada said the single-story, wood-frame home at 2140 Piiholo Road was 80 years old. He said firefighters received the alarm at 9:40 a.m. and took about 16 minutes to contain the blaze after arriving at 9:55 a.m.

Felon held on kidnap and firearm charges

Police arrested a 39-year-old man Thursday night after he allegedly kidnapped two people at gunpoint in Maili.

Police said the suspect approached a 33-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman at Maili Beach Park, brandished a handgun and fired shots into the air.

Police said the suspect then forced the victims to drive him to Waianae, where they were joined by two other men, ages 34 and 36. Police said the two men punched the male victim.

Police arrived about 10 p.m. and arrested the alleged gunman for suspicion of two counts of kidnapping, two counts of reckless endangering and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police arrested the two other suspects for suspicion of hindering prosecution.


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