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2 monk seal pups on Kauai doing wellLIHUE » Two monk seal pups born this week on Kauai appear to be healthy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association officials said yesterday.
One was born at Poipu Beach, the most popular beach on the island and the site of two monk seal births in the previous two years. NOAA officials said the mother was not the same seal that pupped there previously, but is believed to have given birth last year near Kilauea.
The other pup was born at a nearby South Shore location.
Volunteer seal watchers are guarding both pups. They say the most immediate danger is from loose dogs, and asked South Shore residents to keep their dogs on leashes.
Expected rain cancels Sunset on the BeachWaikiki's Sunset on the Beach on Kuhio Beach has been canceled for this weekend due to forecasted rain.
National Weather Service forecasters said heavy showers are expected through tomorrow morning.
Sunset on the Beach, with entertainment, food and a movie, will be held at the Maile Beach Park in Waianae next weekend.
For more information, call 523-4385.
Passenger allegedly hits flight attendantU.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained a 64-year-old man yesterday after he allegedly hit a flight attendant while aboard an Omni Air International flight from Japan to Honolulu, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
Tomoshiro Kawai was apparently intoxicated when he hit the woman, the complaint said. He was aboard Omni Flight 470, which originated in Sendai, Japan.
In her statement to the FBI, the flight attendant said Kawai struck her on the right shoulder when she attempted to take a bottle of Chivas Regal from him. The plane's captain was notified, and Kawai was detained upon his arrival at Honolulu Airport.
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3 Maui police officers make rank of sergeantThe following Maui Police Department officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant, effective June 16:
Wailuku patrol officer Leif H. Adachi, 31, has been a police officer for 11 years. Last assigned as a field training officer in District I-Wailuku Patrol, Adachi will be assigned to the Kihei Patrol District.
Lahaina patrol officer Paul Bailey, 36, has been a police officer for 10 years. He served six years in District I-Wailuku Patrol before transferring to District IV-Lahaina Patrol. He was a field training officer and a member of the Clandestine Lab Team.
Wailuku patrol officer Gregg Okamoto, 32, has been a police officer for seven years. His past assignments included Molokai Patrol District, Lahaina Patrol District and Maui High School-SRO. He is a member of the Special Response Team.
» Ronald H. Heck, a professor and department chairman in the College of Education, has been appointed to the Dai Ho Chun Endowed Chair at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His project will be to build a pilot data warehouse for Hawaii's P-20 initiative, focusing on the transition from high school to post-secondary education.
» Rear Adm. Charles D. Wurster, Cmdr. Coast Guard 14th District, has presented public service awards to Capt. Sony Rivera and Robert Lowe, of the fishing vessel Kekahi. They assisted an overturned catamaran, the Paragon I, rescuing 10 passengers, while battling 35-knot winds and 12-foot seas on March 8 two miles south of Manele Bay, Lanai.
Two passengers on board the catamaran, David Scherbrooke and Kevin Wisterhauser, of Minnesota, also assisted and received commendations.
» Clinton Bodley, of Kailua, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference for outstanding high school students.
» Raeanne Pascua, a fifth-grader from Pohake Elementary School, won the State Tar Wars Poster Contest, part of a nationwide campaign to promote nonsmoking. She received a free trip for two to Washington, D.C. Marissa Bertulfo, of Alvah Scott Elementary, won second place; Fabrienne Joy Rosal, of Kahului Elementary, third place.
The contest, sponsored by the Hawaii Academy of Family Physicians, was made possible in part by a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation, Dave & Buster's, Papa John's Pizza and Jamba Juice.
By Star-Bulletin staff
Police are looking for a homeless couple wanted on Family Court warrants.
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