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Posted on: Monday, January 22, 2001

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Hilo doctor joins state land board

Gov. Ben Cayetano has announced that Hilo physician Fred Holschuh will serve on the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.

Holschuh, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Big Island mayor last year against eventual winner Republican Harry Kim, fills a spot vacated by Russell Kokubun. Kokubun, a Democrat, was appointed to the state Senate last month after former Sen. Andy Levin (D-Kau, Kona) resigned to take a job in Kim’s administration.

Holschuh is a retired emergency room physician. He was chief of staff at the Hilo Medical Center from 1990 to 1993.

Trials in boy’s death delayed

Trials have been delayed for a Big Island couple charged with murder in the death of the man’s 9-year-old son.

Derek Waki Sr., 29, is charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a family member in the death of his son, Derek Waki Jr. The boy died of a brain hemorrhage at a Honolulu hospital Aug. 23, a day after he was found severely injured at his Pahoa home.

Waki’s 30-year-old girlfriend, Kuulei Mahina Lehua Kane, also was charged with second-degree murder.

Trials had been scheduled for this month. Waki’s attorney, Melody Parker, said she has not received the child’s autopsy report. Judge Greg Nakamura set a new trial for Aug. 13.

Kane failed to appear in court for a hearing, and her attorney, Stanton Oshiro, said she had gone to see her doctor. Nakamura postponed Kane’s hearing until today, when he is expected to reschedule the trial after Kane gives birth.

Identity of remains sought

The Honolulu medical examiner’s office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the skeletal remains of a man found Jan. 11.

The remains were found under the on-ramp to the H-1 Freeway just west of Middle Street and north of Kamehameha Highway. Cause of death has yet to be determined, but police said they do not suspect foul play.

The man’s age and ethnicity have not been determined. But he had thick, gray hair, a graying beard, and he was wearing a black Casio watch, blue pants and dark socks when found.

Anyone who may have known the man is asked to call the medical examiner at 527-6777.

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