Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire



Sunset on the Beach heads to Waianae

The city-sponsored Sunset on the Beach will be held at Maili Beach Park in Waianae this weekend.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. today and tomorrow and run until 10 p.m.

Music and other entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend, as well as activities for children. The Waianae Coast marketplace, with crafters and artists from the area, will also be featured.

The movies "Step Into Liquid" and "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" will be shown as a double feature at 7:30 tonight; "50 First Dates" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

At dusk tomorrow, the entertainment finale will be the 65-piece Shanghai Jiao Tong University Students' Orchestra with a fireworks display over Maili Beach.

Meals on Wheels program to expand

Hawaii Meals on Wheels will be opening a new delivery route in the Ewa area in September or October.

Applications are being accepted from potential clients and volunteers.

The home-delivered meals program serves only lunch, which is delivered ready to eat between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Clients must be frail elders or individuals with disabilities who are homebound, unable to cook or shop for themselves, and with limited social support to assist with cooking and shopping. There is no age restriction to receive meals.

No one is turned away due to the inability to pay for meals, but everyone is asked to contribute something.

For information, call 988-6747.


» Lewis Walters of Kailua has received the Federal Republic of Germany's Friendship Award in recognition of his efforts to foster relations between Germany and the United States. He has been president of the German Benevolent Society of Honolulu charity for 26 years. The organization provides thousands of dollars to local charities each year.

» In recognition of his commitment to women's human rights, state Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu has been named to the Center for Women Policy Studies' National Honor Roll. He is one of more than 400 state legislators who have accepted the center's invitation to join its honor roll.

» The Honolulu Japanese American Citizens League has given its Outstanding Service Award to community leaders Art Koga and Colbert Matsumoto. Koga has been a teacher and administrator with the state Department of Education, and is president of the Institute of Zen Studies. Matsumoto is chairman and CEO of Island Insurance Co., and formerly a lawyer for more than 20 years. He is a member and past president of the Honolulu Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

» The Maui Police Department's 62nd Police Recruit Class has given awards to Christopher Gantala for Outstanding Recruit and Scholastic Achievement; Barry McKay, Neil T. Endo Firearms award; Kyle Bishaw-Juario, M. Cecil "Rusty" Dickson Award for Physical Fitness; and David Potter, Best Notebook. Class officers include Steven Gunderson, president; Gantala, vice president; Corrine Chang, secretary; Frank Abreu, sergeant-at-arms; and Heather Gilroy, treasurer.

» City Managing Director Benjamin B. Lee has received the 2004 Ernest H. Hara Fellow to the American Institute of Architects Distinguished Service Award from the University of Hawaii School of Architecture.

Lee was also lauded for his distinguished record of service as a leader in city government. He is the sixth recipient of the award since its inception in 1995.

» The 25th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival, sponsored in part by the Matsuri in Hawaii Advisory Committee and the Hawaii Tourism Authority, has given its 2004 Silversword Award for Cultural Excellence to Gertrude Tsutsumi, founder of the Onoe Kikunobu Dance Company.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

House tenant arrested in connection with fire

Police arrested a 53-year-old man Wednesday in connection with a fire that destroyed a Kuliouou house July 20.

Ronald Kupele, a tenant, was arrested for first-degree criminal property damage. Neighbors said he was mentally unstable.

Police said the fire was intentionally set in the living room. Witnesses saw the suspect carrying personal items from inside the house shortly before the smoke alarm sounded, police said.

Neighbors alerted an upstairs tenant of the fire, who escaped uninjured.

The fire caused an estimated $270,000 in damage to the two-story house at 365 Kuliouou Road.

Group allegedly uses golf clubs in assaults

Police arrested three men in their 20s Thursday after they allegedly used golf clubs to attack three men in the garage of a Kapolei home.

Police said the victims were playing cards about 11:05 p.m. Wednesday in the garage at a house on Alepa Street.

The victims saw the suspects, ages 20, 22 and 23, standing on the other side of a tile wall, screaming obscenities at them.

The three men then climbed over the wall and chased people into the house.

A victim who tried to help another victim being punched by one suspect was struck in the back of the head with a golf club by another suspect, police said.

The victims, ages 43 and 47, were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released. The third victim was treated at the scene for a minor injury.

The suspects fled in a vehicle and were stopped an hour later on Fort Weaver Road.

Police arrested them for first-degree burglary, first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree assault.

Alleged rock-thrower damages passing cars

Police arrested a 38-year-old man with no local address Thursday for allegedly throwing rocks at cars on Kapiolani Boulevard and Keeaumoku Street.

Police said that the man allegedly began to throw rocks at passing vehicles traveling Koko Head-bound on Kapiolani Boulevard at Keeaumoku Street, striking and damaging several vehicles.

Police said a rock struck one vehicle in the front windshield, and the driver, a 46-year-old male visitor, was injured from shattering glass. Police said the man refused treatment.

Other victims include a 31-year-old Waikiki woman and a 20-year-old Aiea woman.

Officers were flagged down and pursued the suspect. Police arrested him for three counts of first-degree criminal property damage.

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers



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