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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, July 25, 2002

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Crews battle Wai'anae blaze

Firefighters last night were battling a brush fire above Wai'anae that could be seen by dozens of residents but was not threatening any homes.

Nine fire companies were dispatched to the fire that was reported at 8:21 p.m. said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Richard Soo.

The brush fire was at the end of Wai'anae Valley Road.

"It's an area that's burned before," Soo said. "Usually that area burns 'up' the mountain."

Soo said no evacuations were ordered last night, but he added "you can see flames from the Wai'anae area if you live in there."

The firefighters contained the brush fire at 10:04 p.m., Soo said.


He'eia cleanup help solicited

The Friends of He'eia is seeking volunteers to help in a stream cleanup from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at He'eia State Park, 46-465 Kamehameha Highway, Kane'ohe.

Families and individuals will remove trash from streams and transplant native Hawaiian milo seedlings on the stream banks to help stop erosion.

Be sure to wear protective clothing and sunscreen.

For more information, call Rochelle Smith at 247-3156.


Courts seek interpreters

The Hawai'i State Judiciary is seeking qualified interpreters to serve as independent contractors for the courts.

People fluent in both English and a second language are invited to register with the judiciary.

For more information or a brochure with frequently-asked questions, call 539-4860.

Cancer program benefit Sept. 29

Applications are available for the 8th annual Susan G. Komen Hawai'i Race for the Cure which will be held Sept. 29 at Kapi'olani Park to raise money for programs that help fight breast cancer.

The 5-kilometer race will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 1-mile walk at 7:45 a.m.

Registration is $18. Call 973-5967 for more information.


Man, 52, dies in Kona crash

KAILUA, Hawai'i — A security guard was killed yesterday morning when his all-terrain vehicle was struck by a car on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway near the Four Seasons Resort in Kona.

Andy Pascubillo, 52, of Kukuihaele, was pronounced dead around 9 a.m. at Kona Community Hospital.

Police said the collision occurred at 5:10 a.m. when a northbound 1993 Toyota sedan struck Pascubillo's Kawasaki Mule ATV, which was crossing the highway without lights.

Police did not indicate whether Pascubillo was working at the time or whether he was employed by any of the Hualalai resorts.

The driver of the sedan, Eric Aoki, 21, of Kealakekua, was taken to the North Hawai'i Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released.

There have been 15 traffic fatalities on the Big Island this year, compared with 18 at the same time last year.

Police arrest two in drug case

PUNA, Hawai'i — Hilo police arrested two suspects Tuesday after finding 162 marijuana plants growing on vacant property next to their home in Puna.

Police also found dried marijuana, marijuana seeds and an unregistered 12-gauge shotgun inside the residence in the Kalapana Black Sands subdivision, said Lt. Derek Pacheco.

A 46-year-old man and 44-year-old woman were arrested but not charged.