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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, November 5, 2002

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


No injuries in chopper mishap

An Army helicopter with two crewmembers aboard made a "precautionary" landing in Kunia yesterday afternoon.

There were no injuries or damage to the helicopter, said Capt. Stacy Bathrick, spokeswoman for the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and U.S. Army, Hawai'i.

Bathrick said the OH-58D Kiowa helicopter was on a routine training flight when there was an indication of a maintenance problem aboard the craft. She said the helicopter's two pilots landed the helicopter on a dirt road just off Kunia Road near the Wheeler Army Air Field at about 5:45 p.m.

Bathrick said the the helicopter will be moved today.


GOP to assess election results

The Republican Party of Hawai'i's 17th and 18th representative districts will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday to discuss the election results and the impact on the community.

The meeting will be at the Kuapa Isle clubhouse.


Maui voted top island in world

For the ninth consecutive year, Maui was voted "Best Island in the World" in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice poll.

Maui also was named the world's "Top Travel Destination,'' beating out other category winners San Francisco (Top U.S. City), Sydney (Top Foreign City) and Vancouver Island (Top Temperate Island).

"We are simply thrilled,'' said Marsha Wienert, executive director of the Maui Visitors Bureau, who accepted the award Sunday at a reception hosted by Conde Nast Traveler at 'Iolani Palace during the annual American Society of Travel Agents World Congress.

More than 30,000 readers responded to the survey, rating destinations on scenery, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, activities and beaches. Other Hawaiian islands that made the Top Tropical Islands list were Kaua'i (No. 2), the Big Island (tied for No. 5 with Bali) and O'ahu (No. 9).

The magazine's readers ranked the Big Island's Four Seasons Resort Hualalai as the top Pacific Rim resort.

Coin collectors potluck tonight

HILO, Hawai'i — Three of the country's top coin-collecting experts will appear today at a special meeting of the Big Island Coin Club.

The 6 p.m. potluck gathering at the Kamana Senior Activity Center will host John Wilson, president of the American Numismatic Association; Ken Bressett, who edits "A Guide Book to United States Coins"; and Bill Fivaz, co-author of "The Cherrypicker's Guide."

Guitar quartet to perform

HILO, Hawai'i — Cuarteto Xallapan, a guitar quartet from Mexico, will present a free miniconcert and demonstration at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo.

Call (808) 974-7351 for details.