Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Unoccupied home burns in Waianae

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed an unoccupied house in Waianae yesterday. About 25 firefighters responded to a fire at 87-951 Paakea Road at 12:12 p.m. The house was a single-story wooden structure with a corrugated roof, according to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada. The blaze was under control shortly before 12:30 p.m. and extinguished at 1:39 p.m. A teen who works at a nearby farm rescued a dog that was on the property. Two neighbors, pictured, worked at restoring water to their home after the home burned down next door.

Maui airport to start screening passengers

The federal Transportation Security Administration begins screening certain passengers and baggage today at Kapalua-West Maui Airport.

To meet federal security standards, the airport must screen commercial scheduled service involving aircraft with 19 or more passenger seats.

Smaller commercial flights will not need to undergo the screening -- which can add an extra 10 to 15 minutes onto passengers' schedules.

Ulupo Heiau Ho'ike is set for Kailua

Cultural traditions and special places in the Kailua ahupuaa will be featured Saturday during the Ulupo Heiau Ho'ike sponsored by the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club.

Hula, storytelling, arts and crafts demonstrations, educational programs, food, entertainment and tours to cultural sites of Kawainui Marsh and Maunawili Valley will be on tap 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ulupo Heiau, one of the oldest known cultural sites in Windward Oahu, is on the grounds of the Windward YMCA, 1200 Kailua Road. Parking will be in nearby church parking lots along Kailua Road. Attendees are asked not to park on residential streets.

Bring lawn chairs or beach mats. There is no charge for the event. Food and Hawaiian crafts will be on sale to raise money for the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club's scholarship programs.

Co-hosts of the event are the Windward YMCA and state Parks Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Additional sponsors 'Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi, Ameron Hawaii, Kailua Historical Society, Kawai Nui Heritage Foundation, Pa Ku'i A Holo and the Windward Ahupua'a Alliance.

For more information, contact Chuck Burrows at 595-3922 or chuckb@hawaii.rr.com. For vendor opportunities, call Mary Ann Crowell, 259-5301.


Taking Notice

» The Pacific Islands Conservation Partnership Program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Interior for providing almost $5 million in services to conservation programs in Hawaii in 2003 by assisting groups involved in the restoration of native ecosystems. Coordinator Craig Rowland received the award on behalf of his staff, including Chris Swenson, Benton Pang, Naomi Bentivoglio, Stephanie Bennett, Donna Ball and Bret Harper.

» The state Department of Health has awarded Incentive Service Awards to the following employees:

Employee of the Year: Annette Arruda, school health aide for 23 years, now working at Waiakea Elementary School in Hilo. She was nominated for going beyond the job to collect used clothing for student emergencies, coordinate and organize asthma camps and participate in school functions. She also mentors co-workers and new health aides.

Manager of the Year: Karleen Yoshioka, Big Island district health officer. She was commended for her office's outstanding teamwork and collaboration with other agencies to create a model DOH program. She worked with Mayor Harry Kim to implement a comprehensive program to prevent West Nile virus on the Big Island and helped the county prepare for public health emergencies.

"Team of the Year" Honors went to the Hawaii State Hospital staff for improvements in organization, security, management and treatment for the mentally ill patients. They also helped the hospital end federal court oversight under a 1991 U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit.

» Ryan Hanohano of Kaneohe, Troop 659, has been promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout by the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

"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


1 of 2 escapees from Hilo prison surrenders to police

Big Island police arrested one of the inmates who escaped from the Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo last Tuesday, but are still looking for the other.

Ludy L. Lazo, 35, was arrested without incident at Anderton Camp, Papaikou, early Sunday morning after surrendering to police.

Lazo, who was charged with a second-degree escape, is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Lazo and a second inmate, Kyle Quilausing, 31, escaped from the facility by tying bedsheets together, climbing up about 18 feet and escaping through a window in the sunroof area of the facility.

Police are still looking for Quilausing, who is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 145 pounds and having short black hair and brown eyes.

Quilausing is a suspect in more than 30 auto theft cases within a three- to four-month period. Police say he is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Quilausing is asked to call Detective Robert Wagner of the Hilo Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2380 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Man jumps into ocean and apparently drowns

A man apparently drowned Sunday night off Kualanui Point near Keauhou on the Kona coast of the Big Island.

Witnesses said the victim jumped into the ocean from a 40-foot sea cliff and disappeared.

Hawaii County fire officials were notified at 6:21 p.m. and found the victim underwater in front of the sea cliff. Fire officials said the ocean conditions at the time were hazardous because of high surf and a rocky shoreline.

Man charged in attack on father and girlfriend

Big Island police charged a 19-year-old man who allegedly threatened his father, hit his girlfriend and was armed with multiple weapons.

Police said James Hokuwelowelo Inada threw a lit Molotov cocktail at officers who were responding to a domestic dispute at his home in the Fern Forest subdivision in upper Puna on Saturday afternoon. Officers used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames, then arrested Inada.

Besides the Molotov cocktail, police said Inada had an unloaded .357 Magnum gun tucked in his belt and 16 knives in his possession when he confronted the officers. Later, police learned that prior to officers' arrival, Inada had allegedly threatened his 54-year-old father with a knife and punched and bit his 19-year-old girlfriend when she interfered.

Inada was later charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree terroristic threatening, domestic abuse and two firearm offenses. He was being held in lieu of $28,000 bail.


Suspect in assault of repairman detained

Police arrested a man who allegedly robbed a TV repairman earlier this month.

The victim, 42, had been repairing a TV in the bedroom of a Waianae home while the suspect, 31, and his girlfriend were arguing in the living room on June 13, police said.

After the argument the victim tried to leave but was confronted by the suspect, who assaulted him, police said.

The suspect also demanded money from the victim, took his car keys and allegedly fled in the victim's van. The suspect was found Friday and arrested for investigation of second-degree robbery.


Vehicle collision leads to beating and arrest

Police arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly beating another man after the two were involved in a motor vehicle collision early yesterday in Kakaako.

The collision took place near Ward Avenue and Queen Street at about 1:15 a.m. Police said that after the collision, the suspect allegedly assaulted the victim, 25, who was still seated in his vehicle. Police said the suspect was intoxicated. Police arrested him for investigation of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Suspect arrested in use of stolen van

Police arrested a man under suspicion of auto theft after officers said they spotted him loading discarded furniture into a stolen van yesterday.

The suspect, 22, was spotted on Jennie Street in Kalihi Valley at about 2 a.m. while taking apart a bed that was left on the street for bulky-item pickup and placing it in a silver van.

Police confirmed that the van was stolen, and arrested the suspect.

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