Star-Bulletin staff and wire

North Shore hosts annual Sunset on the Beach

The third annual North Shore Sunset on the Beach is set for this weekend at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park.

The event, free and open to the public, will be on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Seventeen local restaurants will be featured at the event, along with several bands. There will also be rides and games for children and an open market.

On Saturday, "The Ride" will be showing on a 30-foot screen beginning at 7 p.m., followed by "The Day After Tomorrow." On Sunday, "Hidalgo" will be shown. All three movies are PG-13.

Parking will be available at the Waialua Community Association and near Cane Haul Road.

For information, go to the event Web site at www.gonorthshore.org, or call the North Shore Chamber of Commerce at 637-4558.

Grand jury indicts man for sexual assault

An Oahu grand jury indicted a 77-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl repeatedly over two years.

Avelino F. Natividad admitted to sexually assaulting her, said Deputy Prosecutor Vickie Kapp, who asked for $75,000 in bail.

Natividad was charged yesterday with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of third-degree sexual assault that allegedly occurred between July 2002 and this month.

Spraying continues to eradicate virus

WAILUKU » State health workers were expected to begin a second round of insecticide spraying within a 1-mile radius of Kahului Airport tonight, as a precaution against the potentially deadly West Nile virus.

The spraying to kill mosquitos, which transmit the disease, is in response to state officials finding a captured wild sparrow at the airport that tested positive Friday in a preliminary test for the West Nile virus.

Costs for beverages in bottles and cans go up

Beginning tomorrow, Hawaii stores may begin charging a 1-cent, nonrefundable handling fee for each beverage in glass and plastic bottles and aluminum cans under 64 fluid ounces.

The fee is authorized under the state bottle bill to raise money for a statewide beverage container recycling system. The recycling will begin Jan. 1, when people will begin paying a refundable 5 cents-per-container deposit, plus the handling fee.

More information is available at www.hawaii.gov/health.

De la Pena is named UH regent by governor

Gov. Linda Lingle has named a retired professor as Kauai's representative to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

The appointment of Ramon de la Pena is effective immediately and extends through June 30, 2008, according to the announcement yesterday. It is subject to confirmation by the state Senate in the next legislative session.

De la Pena replaces Kauai regent Charles Kawakami, whose term has expired.

De la Pena was an agronomist and professor in the UH College of Tropical Agriculture from 1983 until he retired in 2001. He previously served as superintendent of the UH Kauai Branch Research Station and director of the Kauai County Office of Economic Development.


[Taking Notice]

» The Maui Police Department has promoted these officers to the rank of sergeant : Kihei Patrol Officer Leif H. Adachi; Lahaina Patrol Officer Paul Bailey; and Wailuku Patrol Officer Gregg Okamoto.

» For the second year in a row, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply came in second place in the women's division at the national pipe-tapping championship, sponsored by the American Water Works Association. Team members are Anna Tanaka, Carolyn Sawai, Danielle Ornellas, and coach Gary Fernandez.

The men's state pipetapping champion team members -- including Andrew Freitas, Everett Arquero, Aaron Asato and Glenn Ah Yat -- came in sixth.

» The Queen's Medical Center's Conference Center, formerly known as the Mabel Smyth Memorial Building, has received a Preservation Honor Award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation for outstanding historic preservation efforts. Originally constructed in 1941, the conference center has been listed as a state historic building and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was restored and renovated in 2000.

» Washington Place, built in 1842, has been given a Preservation Honor Award by the Historic Hawaii Foundation for restoring Queen Lili`uokalani's bedroom during the repair of extensive termite damage throughout the mansion.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


2 women safe after fire destroys home

A woman in her 90s and her caregiver in her 50s escaped a fire that destroyed most of a Kahala home Tuesday night.

The senior, who is the homeowner, and her caregiver were the only people home at the time of the fire, according to a fire official. They both are now staying with the owner's son.

The fire destroyed three-quarters of a single-story, three-bedroom home at 985 Waiohinu Drive, said Capt. Kenison Tejada.

The fire was reported about 9 p.m., and firefighters had it under control by 9:16 p.m.

Damage was estimated at $300,000. A cause had not been determined.


Waianae man caught driving stolen vehicle

Police arrested a 39-year-old Waianae man Tuesday after a patrol officer noticed the vehicle he was driving had a photo shield over the license plate.

The officer stopped the vehicle about 9:45 a.m. in Kalihi, then found out it had been stolen and had the wrong license plate on it.

The driver was arrested for operating a stolen vehicle.

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