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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, December 28, 2002

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff

'Sunset on Beach' cancelled by wind

The city has cancelled this weekend's "Sunset on the Beach" programs in Waikiki in anticipation of windy weather.

The National Weather Service has forecast winds of 15 to 30 mph today and 15 to 20 mph tomorrow, which city officials believe will make it difficult to set up the 30-foot movie screen.

The next "Sunset on the Beach," an event featuring food, entertainment and free movies, is scheduled Jan. 4 and 5 at Queen's Surf Beach, with "Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace" showing Jan. 4 and "Insomnia" on Jan. 5.

For information, call 523-2489.

2 arraigned in illegal donations

Two people connected with a major Honolulu engineering firm were arraigned in District Court yesterday on misdemeanor charges of making political donations to Mayor Jeremy Harris under false names.

Attorney David Hall appeared on behalf of defendants Warren Sato, a project engineer for SSFM International Inc., and June Takushi, the wife of company vice president Lee Takushi. He asked that a hearing be set for early February to enter pleas.

Company officers Clayton Wong and Norman Kawachika have been charged with the same offense, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

SSFM president Michael Matsumoto pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of making a donation under a false name and a felony count of money laundering.

People connected to SSFM, a major city contractor, have donated more than $85,000 to Harris since 1996, according to state Campaign Spending Commission records.

Harris did not respond to a request for comment.

Body found in bushes identified

KAILUA, KONA, Hawai'i — A body found in bushes Christmas Eve has been identified as a man missing since Dec. 6, police said.

John Adam, 70, of Kailua, Kona, was identified through dental records, detectives said.

Although the cause of death was not immediately determined, police said there were no signs of foul play.

Adam's body was found about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in bushes in the old Kailua industrial area.

Bodyboarder from California rescued

City lifeguards on Thursday rescued a California man near Pipeline on O'ahu's North Shore, said Jim Howe, chief of lifeguard operations.

Lifeguard Jerry Miller noticed a bodyboarder in distress and swam to the area about 75 yards offshore, where he found a 50-year-old man face up on a bodyboard. A man later identified as the victim's son was performing rescue breathing.

Miller brought the man to shore on the bodyboard and was joined by lifeguards responding from Ehukai Beach Park.

The man had no pulse, but lifeguards used a defibrillator and CPR to revive him. He was taken to Wahiawa Hospital, Howe said.

Downed pole slows Leeward traffic

Traffic on Farrington Highway was backed up for miles during afternoon rush hour yesterday as Verizon Hawai'i crews replaced a telephone pole hit by a truck at about 4:30 a.m. yesterday in Nanakuli, police said.

Eastbound traffic was backed up to Hakimo Road, and westbound traffic to Honokai Hale.

Work was expected to be completed by 6 or 7 p.m.