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Star-Bulletin staff and wire


Kahu John Keola Lake, on screen, gave a humorous opening chant yesterday for the 64th Biennial National Convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers, which convened at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu. More than 8,000 union postal workers nationwide were expected to attend the event, which will run through Friday.

Proposal bans fishing around northwest isles

A proposed marine refuge in state waters of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is the subject of statewide public hearings that begin tomorrow on Oahu.

By prohibiting fishing in all but two limited areas of the uninhabited islands northwest of Kauai, the state is "taking a bold step forward to protect this large and special coral reef ecosystem," said Peter Young, director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

There are no rules for state waters around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which extend three miles from the islands. The federal Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve has control over waters out to 50 miles from the islands and is expected to evolve into a National Marine Sanctuary in the next two years.

The hearings begin at 6 p.m. in:

>> Honolulu, tomorrow, McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana.
>> Kahului, Thursday, Maui Community College, Laulima Building, Room 107, 310 Kaahumanu St.
>> Lihue, next Tuesday, Lihue Public Library, 4344 Hardy St.
>> Kona, July 28, King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel's Honu Room, 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona.
>> Hilo, July 29, Waiakea High School Cafeteria, 155 W. Kawili St.
The proposed rule can be seen at or requested by calling 587-0100.

Workshops scheduled on campaign spending

The Campaign Spending Commission is holding workshops around the state to prepare candidates and committees for the 2004 elections.

The workshops include creating an understanding of the requirements for recording and reporting contributions and expenditures. For more information, contact the office at 586-0285.

The meetings will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in:

>> Kona, Thursday at the Kona Civic Center, Conference Room, 82-6130 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook.
>> Kauai, next Tuesday at the State Office Building, Conference Room, third floor, 3060 Eiwa St., Lihue.
>> Oahu, July 29 at the Leiopapa A Kamehameha Building, Conference Room 204, 235 S. Beretania St.
>> Maui, Aug. 3 at the State Office Building, Conference Room B, third floor, 54 High St., Wailuku.
>> Big Island, Aug. 6 at the State Office Building, Conference Room B/C, 75 Aupuni St., Hilo.


[Taking Notice]

Williams is Hospice's Physician of the Year

Dr. Shellie Williams will be honored with Hospice Hawaii's 2004 Physician of the Year Award during its 25th-anniversary celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Hale Koa Hotel.

"There to Care Since 1979" is the theme of the event, reflecting the organization's mission to serve terminally ill residents and their families on Oahu and Molokai.

Williams, attending physician with the Queen's Medical Center's geriatric medicine program, has worked with Hospice Hawaii since she was a geriatric medicine fellow at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Kaiser Permanente's Palliative Care program, Hui Maliu Mai, will receive the Community Supporter of the Year award for its service to patients with progressive, incurable illnesses.

Carolyn Mueller, of Wahiawa General Hospital, will receive the Hospice Hawaii's Allied Health Care Professional of the Year award. She assists patients and families in post-discharge planning.

For the first time, Hospice Hawaii also will recognize Employees of the Year. Recipients will be Sonja Ome, medical social worker, and Nora Uyehara, registered nurse and case manager.

Hospice Hawaii is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides care for people with terminal illness and support services for their families, caregivers and loved ones. For more information, call 924-9255.

>> The Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers has sponsored the building of a home for Honolulu Habitat for Humanity in conjunction with its national society with a $20,000 contribution, to be matched with a $40,000 grant from the Case Foundation. The home will be built for $65,000 with labor provided solely by volunteers and the families who receive a Habitat home.

>> Oahu public and private school students raised nearly $48,000 during the 2003-2004 school year for the Aloha United Way through the Student Aloha program. The top three public schools to contribute were Maemae Elementary, Niu Valley Middle and Kaiser High. The top private schools were Saint Francis School, Mid-Pacific Institute and Sacred Hearts Academy.

Sacred Hearts senior Mazie Tang took top honors in the first annual essay contest for her entry, entitled "The Nurturing Roots of Past and Present." Benjamin Parker sixth-grader Adam Canne won first place for his poster, in the second annual poster contest.

Major sponsors of the Student Aloha program are Sassy/G Magazine, Ben Franklin Stores, Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park and the Ice Palace.

"Taking Notice" runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please send items to City Desk, Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Police accuse 4 boys in Waianae burglary

Police arrested four Waianae boys -- ages 17, 16, 15 and 10 -- for an alleged burglary Sunday at Waianae High School.

Police were called to the school's cafeteria at 10:08 p.m. after a silent alarm was tripped.

Police said they found a side window broken and the four boys in the dining area. They were arrested for investigation of second-degree burglary and were released pending investigation.

Ewa man is arrested for alleged sex assault

Police arrested a 32-year-old Ewa man Sunday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 25-year-old woman last month.

On June 29 the woman accepted a ride from the suspect to buy drugs, police said. The suspect took the woman to the Hau Bush Beach near Kalaeloa and sexually assaulted her, police said.

The woman saw the suspect 3 a.m. Sunday in Ewa Beach and called police. Police arrested him for suspicion of first-degree sexual assault.


15-year-old arrested for alleged purse theft

Police arrested a 15-year-old boy Sunday after he allegedly snatched a 62-year-old woman's purse in Moiliili.

Police said the suspect asked the woman for change at about 6:15 p.m. When she took out her wallet, the suspect grabbed her purse and ran, police said.

Police caught the suspect a block from the scene. The woman and a witness identified the suspect, who was arrested for suspicion of second-degree theft. Police also recovered the stolen purse.

Police say suspect hit landlord with bat

Police arrested a 34-year-old man Saturday night after he allegedly assaulted his landlord with a bat at a Chinatown apartment building.

Police said the landlord saw the suspect screaming at a female tenant at about 11:40 p.m. The landlord, 51, allegedly pushed the suspect as he lunged toward the tenant.

The suspect went to his apartment, grabbed a bat and struck the landlord a couple of times on his left wrist and left side of his body, according to police. The victim wrestled the suspect to the ground until police were called.

The 51-year-old man was later taken to the Queen's Medical Center in stable condition. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.

Teenage boy nabbed for alleged gun threat

Police arrested a 15-year-old boy for allegedly threatening three people with a handgun in Makiki earlier this month.

Police said the suspect intimidated an 11-year-old boy to hand over money on July 4. A week later, the victim spotted the suspect and informed two other people of what the suspect had done to him earlier.

He and two other people -- a 20-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man -- confronted the suspect, according to police. The 15-year-old boy left but returned and repeatedly flashed what appeared to be a handgun that was tucked into his waistband, police said.

Police located the suspect Saturday and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


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