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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 26, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff


Traffic calming project set

Kailua residents will participate in a Community Traffic Awareness Partnership project from 5:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. tomorrow and Tuesday.

Working with the Honolulu Police Department, resident volunteers will be waving signs along Kalaniana'ole Highway and asking drivers to slow down and obey the "no right turn" and "no left turn" signs at the intersection of the highway and Ulupi'i Street.

The HPD's patrol and traffic units will be on hand to enforce the speed limit and traffic code.

This is the sixth year the Olomana and Pohakupu-Kukanono community associations have implemented the campaign at the location.

State Hospital escapee returns

A 49-year-old male patient at the Hawai'i State Hospital in Kane'ohe turned himself in after escaping for about an hour Friday.

The patient became violent with hospital staff members around 4:15 p.m. While running away, he threw items at staff members giving chase and threatened them with a piece of lumber.

The man also kicked in the window of a car driven by hospital security.

He ran into a gulch covered with dense brush but walked back to the hospital about 45 minutes later.


Cleanup drive on Sept. 15

Hawai'i's statewide cleanup, "Get the Drift & Bag It!," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 15. The public is encouraged to volunteer.

The cleanup effort, a contribution by Hawai'i to the International Coastal Cleanup program, is coordinated by Hawai'i Sea Grant and the Hawai'i Coastal Zone Management Program each September.

Last year's Hawai'i cleanup involved 2,340 volunteers who collected 33,705 pounds of debris along more than 138 miles, on land and underwater.

To volunteer or for information, call 956-2872.

Court director search to start

Hawai'i Chief Justice Ronald Moon has appointed a five-member screening committee to review applications for the position of administrative director of courts, which will become vacant on Oct. 1.

The committee members are Colleen Hirai, chief judge of the 1st Judicial Court; Ronald Ibarra, chief judge of the 3rd Judicial Court; Gerald Sekiya, chairman of the Commission on Judicial Conduct; Momi Cazimero, community leader and former member of the Judicial Selection Commission; and current administrative director Michael Broderick.

Broderick announced in June that he had accepted the position of executive director of the Hawai'i Justice Foundation.

Interviews of the finalists will be conducted by the chief justice, who hopes to select the new director prior to Broderick's departure.

The new director will select the deputy administrative director. That position became vacant when Clyde Namu'o left the judiciary to become the administrator for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs this month.


Police detain robbery suspect

Police have a 40-year-old man in custody who they suspect might have been involved in last week's attempted robbery of an automated teller machine in Wai'anae.

Police say the man, arrested Friday for driving a stolen vehicle, might have been part of the attempted robbery that caused significant damage to a Blockbuster Video store and the ATM. The man was not arrested for that crime last night.

Two thieves rammed an altered stolen flatbed truck into the Blockbuster video store in Wai'anae early Monday in an attempt to steal the ATM.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Bert Angut at 692-4414, or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Author, adviser to give talk

Author and motivational speaker Pam Chambers will discuss "22 Ways to Turn Satisfied Customers into Loyal Customers," at the Kapolei Rotary Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Kapolei High School faculty/staff lounge.

Chambers advises businesses to give more than expected, to raise their standard of service and to operate as a team.

The fee for the meeting, which includes a buffet breakfast, is $7. For details, call Van McCrea at 672-3924 or e-mail vanmccrea@aol.com.


Freeway lanes closed today

Eastbound lanes on the H-1 Freeway's Pearl City viaduct will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. today and tomorrow for concrete repair work.

The lane closures will be between the Waiawa overpass and the Waimalu off-ramp, the state Department of Transportation said.

Library closing for repainting

The Mililani Public Library will close for repainting from Sept. 4 through Sept. 16.

While the library is closed, the bookdrop will remain open. For book renewals, call telephone renewals at the Hawai'i State Library at 586-3652, or any public library, during normal library hours.

The library is tentatively scheduled to reopen at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17.

The reopening date coincides with the start of new hours for the library: Sunday. 1-5 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The new hours include a later opening time for Monday and an earlier opening time on Wednesday.

The library is at 95-450 Makaimoimo St.