Commemorate Earth Day with events around town
Earth Day is Thursday, but some groups are planning Earth Day-related events for next weekend.
>> Thursday : Earth Day celebration, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. University of Hawaii at Manoa Sustainability Courtyard, near Kuykendall, HIG, Sakamaki, POST and Holmes halls.
The day-long program of events includes: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. volunteer, hands-on projects, such as installation of planters, bike racks, etc. in the courtyard and a "Party for the Planet" from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. For more information, contact the UH Office of Sustainability at 956-9346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> Saturday : Earth Day Heeia Stream Cleanup, 9:30-11:30 a.m., snacks and beverages provided. Sponsored by Friends of Heeia State Park. For information, call 247-3156.
>> Saturday : "Celebrating the Ala Wai Watershed," 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Kapiolani Park bandstand, sponsored by the Ala Wai Watershed Association and the city's Department of Environmental Services, with dozens of participating environmental organizations.
Free 20-minute shuttle tours along the Ala Wai Canal will highlight projects in the watershed and environmental efforts of Waikiki hotels. There will also be entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. and educational displays, interactive games and food available at an adjacent craft fair. For more information, call Karen Ah Mai at 955-7882.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Commercial kayak ban is enforced on Maui
Ten officers with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources patrolled state-owned property at Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve and Keoneoio (La Perouse Bay) on Maui yesterday, enforcing a ban on commercial kayak tours.
DLNR Director Peter Young said that no one was arrested yesterday, because apparently the word had gotten out that the department would prosecute violators.
"There is no commercial activity without a permit," Young said, "but the public is welcome to go."
Man robs branch of City Bank at noon
Police reported that a man robbed the City Bank branch at 2119 N. King St. at noon yesterday. A man told a teller that he had a gun, though it wasn't seen, and fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
The man was described as being 5 feet 8 to 10 inches tall, 180 to 200 pounds, with gray hair and a dark complexion.
He was wearing black pants and a beige polo shirt with a red baseball cap and a red bandana over his mouth, police said.
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers