Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Jellyfish expected until Wednesday

Box jellyfish are expected to invade Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches tomorrow and Monday.

The influx should be over by Wednesday.

Other affected areas include Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay, Makaha Surfing Beach and Waimea Bay. Occasionally, other north and west shore beaches have been affected.

Lifeguards will post warning signs as warranted.

If stung by box jellyfish, flush the affected area with lots of white vinegar. Anyone with breathing difficulty, muscle cramps or spasms, and/or persistent pain should immediately seek medical attention.

Lifeguard stations are equipped to treat jellyfish stings.

Cop held without bail for alleged 'ice' sales

Federal Magistrate Barry Kurren ordered a police officer accused of distributing crystal methamphetamine to be held without bail yesterday.

Robert Henry Sylva was arrested Monday and charged in federal court for selling crystal methamphetamine three times last month, once while in uniform.


» Dr. Winona Chang, 77, has been honored by Pacific Resources for Education and Learning for volunteering two days a week to the nonprofit organization.

» The Hawaii chapter of the American Society of Interior Design has presented three awards to Architects Hawaii Ltd. for its work on the Queen's Medical Center Emergency Services Department (designer, Karen Muraoka); the Kuakini Medical Center's Ambulatory Care Services (designer, Muraoka); and the Boise Furniture Solutions (designer, Lisa-Maria Priester).

» The Surfrider Foundation Oahu chapter has presented its annual John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards to: George Downing, who received a lifetime achievement award for his work to save the surfing environment; Kelly Slater, six-time world champion, who was given the professional surfing award; Oceanit, a diversified science and engineering company, for its efforts on environmental preservation.

» Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation has awarded the D. Lau Family Scholarship to five employees in the nursing program at Kapiolani Community College. They are Lilia Duran, Madeline Constantino, Shonna Moscho, Melodie Ocol and Lita Caralos.

» Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu has given its Volunteers of the Year awards to Teague Mangiaracina of Pearl Harbor, a U.S. Navy diver; Jaclyn Salazar of Kapolei, an administrative assistant with Bill Ramsey Property Management; Jason Ideta of Honolulu, a financial analyst with Smith Barney; and Grace Kashiwa of Honolulu, a retired preschool worker.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Homeless families' spat leads to an injury

Police arrested a 29-year-old homeless man after he allegedly hit another homeless man in the face with a machete yesterday in Mokuleia.

Police said the incident took place at 2:40 p.m. during an argument between two homeless families. Police said the victim, 30, had major face lacerations. Police arrested the suspect for investigation of second-degree assault.

Man allegedly threatens wife and son

Police arrested a 44-year-old Waikiki man after he allegedly threatened his wife with a knife and a screwdriver.

On Thursday night, the suspect got into a verbal argument with his wife, 48, and began chasing her with a knife and screwdriver in their Ohua Avenue home, police said.

Police said the woman locked herself in the bedroom. The man began pounding on the door to get in when the man's 21-year-old son arrived home. The man then allegedly threatened his son with the knife, but the son wrestled the knife from his father, police said.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

Mo-ped operator dies of injuries from crash

A 67-year-old mo-ped operator who was critically injured March 24 after he was struck by a car at Piikoi Street and Kapiolani Boulevard died yesterday.

Police said the mo-ped operator, identified as Kjeld Sorensen, died at 3:21 a.m. yesterday at the Queen's Medical Center.

The Medical Examiner's Office said the Honolulu man died of head injuries in the accident.

Shoplifting suspect allegedly bites officer

A 25-year-old shoplifting suspect allegedly tried to bite herself out of trouble, according to police.

Police said that about 9 p.m. Thursday, the suspect was seen placing several items in her handbag at a store at Ala Moana Center. A store security officer followed the suspect outside where he identified himself and told her he was detaining her for having merchandise she didn't pay for, police said.

The suspect tried to walk away, but the officer grabbed her wrist and tried to put handcuffs on her, police said. The suspect then bit the officer's right wrist, police said.

Police arrived and arrested her for investigation of third-degree assault and fourth-degree theft.

Police charge man with 3 alleged robberies

Police charged a 43-year-old man in connection with three separate robberies in Honolulu within a three-day timespan.

Police charged John Kalani Palimoo yesterday with three counts of robbery and one count of kidnapping for one incident on March 22, and two on March 25.

Police said that on March 22 at about 10:51 p.m. a 38-year-old woman was walking to her car and was approached by Palimoo who demanded money from her then fled on foot after receiving cash.

Police said that on March 25 at about 8:15 p.m. a 55-year-old woman was working at her liquor store when a man entered the store with a handgun and demanded money. The woman refused and the suspect fled empty-handed.

About two hours later on the same night the suspect approached a 26-year-old man who was walking down the street, threatened him with a handgun and demanded money. After the victim complied the suspect also made the victim try to withdraw money from several automated teller machines and forced him to write several personal checks, which the suspect took before fleeing.

Police arrested Palimoo Wednesday. He was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

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