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Posted on: Monday, January 1, 2001

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Rescues keep lifeguards busy

Sunset Beach lifeguards treated a 55-year-old body boarder who collapsed on the beach yesterday after he was caught in rough surf. Lifeguards gave the Makakilo man oxygen at 9:45 a.m. and sent him by ambulance to Kahuku Hospital.

Lifeguard Capt. Bodo Van Der Leedon said the body boarder, Van Shigemoto, emerged on his own from the rough 6-to-8-foot surf, but then dropped on the sand. The waves yesterday, however, were less demanding than on Saturday, when lifeguards were finally forced to halt activities at crowded Waimea Bay after a series of rescues.

Waimea lifeguards yesterday rescued four people, including a surfer who cut his head on a reef. But strong southwest winds in the afternoon discouraged most surfing.

Van Der Leedon said surf is expected to continue to subside today, although a new swell is expected tomorrow.


Candle blamed for house fire

A fire that caused $12,500 damage to an Ewa Beach house and its contents has been blamed on an unattended candle.

The blaze was reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. and was under control eight minutes later. Two women renting the home were not injured. Fire officials said it was the tenth Oahu building fire caused by a candle this year.


Kalihi man hit by bus dies

A 78-year-old pedestrian who was hit Friday morning on Nimitz Highway died Saturday night at Queen’s Medical Center.

The man, who lived in Kalihi, was in a crosswalk east of Mokauea Street when he was struck by a shuttle bus. He was Oahu’s 66th traffic fatality of 2000.

Essay contest under way

The Hawaii and national societies of the Sons of the American Revolution are inviting high school students to enter their annual essay contest.

The Hawaii winner will receive $300 in U.S. Savings Bonds and have his or her essay submitted to the national contest. The national winner will receive $7,500, a trip to Louisville, Ky., to receive the award, and have the essay printed in the Sons of the American Revolution’s magazine.

The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. The essay must be written in English and be between 500 and 750 words.

The topic of this year’s contest is "The Constitution: Does it Stand the Test of Time?" The deadline to enter is Feb. 14, 2001.

Entries should be submitted to Elbridge W. Smith, HISSAR Knight Essay Contest Chairman, 841 Bishop St., Suite 909, Honolulu, HI 96813. Copies of the rules and other information can be obtained by sending a business size, self-addressed stamped envelope to the above address.

Straub summer project offered

College students interested in a career in medicine can apply to the Straub Foundation 2001 Summer Student Research Program.

During the eight-week program, students are assigned to foundation-sponsored projects, offered hands-on experience in clinical research and participate in a formal curriculum. Participants are selected on the basis of their academic performance, interests and letters of recommendation. Preference is given to students from Hawaii.

For information or an application, call the Straub Foundation at 524-6755.


Drowned man identified

A man who may have drowned Saturday while picking opihi near Kawaa Bay on the Big Island has been identified as Arthur Z. Anderson, 42, of Kurtistown. Anderson may have hit his head on rocks before going into the water, said Big Island police yesterday.

An investigation is continuing, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death. Anderson’s body was retrieved about 350 yards from shore by a fire department helicopter at 2:47 p.m., about an hour after he was reported in the water.

Police on the Big Island yesterday had not released the identification of a woman whose body was recovered Friday from the base of a 40-foot cliff near Kehena Beach. Police are still trying to notify her family.

Tsunami siren test canceled

HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii County Civil Defense officials have announced that a tsunami warning siren test planned for tomorrow has been canceled.

The monthly test will resume in February, according to administrator Bill Davis.

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