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Posted on: Wednesday, January 3, 2001

Neighbor Island briefs

Advertiser Staff

Maui police trying to identify man's body

HAIKU, Maui — Dental records will be needed to confirm the identity of a man whose decomposed body was found Monday afternoon in a gulch on the makai side of Hana Highway in Haiku.

Lt. Glenn Cuomo of the Maui Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division said there were no obvious injuries and no sign of foul play. A cause of death had not been determined.

A resident whose home overlooks the gulch notified police of a bad odor in the area. The dead man’s truck was found at the end of a dirt road near the gulch.

Drowning cause of Kauai deaths

LIHUE, Kauai — Autopsies indicate that two men who died in waters off Kauai before the end of the year had drowned, Kauai police said.

Jamie Yamamoto, 22, of Hanapepe died Thursday while spearfishing with friends off Poip¬. His body was recovered at 2 p.m. about 130 yards from shore.

Friday, Dan Hartwell, 50, of Colorado died when a large wave swept him off the rocks near Lumahai Beach. Others with him also were pulled into the sea but were able to reach safety despite the rough surf. Firefighters said a fire department rescue craft was on scene and recovered Hartwell's body within eight minutes of receiving the 11:55 a.m. call, but rescuers were unable to revive him.

Motorcyclist in critical condition

WAILUKU, Maui — A Lahaina man who crashed his motorcycle on New Year's Day remained in critical condition yesterday at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Police said the 25-year-old man was heading south on Kahekili Highway near Wailuku at about 3:05 a.m. Monday when he lost control of his Honda motorcycle on a curve, hit a guardrail and was thrown onto the road. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a skull fracture and other injuries.

British professor to speak at UHH

HILO, Hawaii — Bernard Lane of Bristol University in England will be featured at a Jan. 11 discussion on sustainable tourism. The event, open to the public, will take place at Kanakaole Hall on the University of Hawaii-Hilo campus.

Lane serves as director of the Rural Tourism Unit and Agricultural Conservation Program at Bristol. His appearance is being sponsored by Kitaro Watanabe, a distinguished visiting professor in tourism under a UHH endowment.

For information, call Marcia Sakai at (808) 974-7400.

Blood drives set on Big Island

WAIMEA, Hawaii — The Blood Blank of Hawaii will conduct a series of blood drives on the Big Island this month and next, beginning today from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kahilu Town Hall.

Other stops this week are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in South Kohala and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Islander Room of the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

The blood bank will return with stops Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pahoa High School gymnasium in Puna; Jan. 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hawaii Naniloa Hotel in Hilo; and Jan. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilo Medical Center.

Next month, the blood bank will accept donors from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Waiakea High School library and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hilo High School.

Correction: A Lahaina man who crashed his motorcycle on New Year’s Day is 25 years old. A previous version of this listing was incorrect.

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