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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, September 9, 2002

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Christmas event entrants invited

Organizers of the Kane'ohe Christmas Parade are lining up entrants to participate in the Dec. 7 event ,which will take place at 9 a.m. along Kamehameha Highway from Windward Mall to Castle High School.

Entrants can sign up by calling parade chairman Art Machado at 845-4111.


HFD searches for swimmer

Firefighters were searching last night for a man who went swimming at Ala Moana Beach and didn't return.

The man's disappearance was reported to police by his family at about 5 p.m., said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Richard Soo.

Police notified the Fire Department at 8:49 p.m.

The man's beach chair, cell phone and car keys were found under a lifeguard stand at the Diamond Head end of Ala Moana Beach. The man's car was parked in a nearby parking lot.

HFD searched late into the night using divers and Air One, the department's helicopter. The man's identification shows a King Street address, Soo said.

Sixth teen girl escapee found

Police have caught another of the 10 teenage girls who broke out of the Hawai'i Youth Correctional Facility.

The sixth escapee to be captured was picked up around 2 a.m. Saturday in Waikiki.

The breakout occurred Aug. 31 when the girls — ranging in age from 14 to 17 — overpowered two unarmed security guards and stole a van.

Mink still in intensive care

The condition of U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink remained unchanged yesterday, Mink's chief of staff, Joan Manke, said.

Manke said the 74-year-old Democrat remained in serious condition at Straub Hospital and Clinic, where she is being treated for pneumonia brought on by chicken pox.

"It is viral pneumonia so recovery takes longer than the bacterial type," Manke said.

Mink has been in serious condition since she was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 31. She is in Straub's intensive care unit.

Mink is seeking re-election in the 2nd congressional district.


Council shuts surfing schools

The Maui County Council has approved a bill to shut down commercial surf schools at Cove Park in Kihei.

Councilwoman Jo Anne Johnson said it is an interim measure until a more substantive law can be developed.

The bill attempts to deal with conflicts between Maui residents and commercial operators who use popular beaches for lessons.

The bill bans commercial users from Cove Park and the southern end of Kalama Park, and for Launiupoko Wayside Park in West Maui, on weekends and holidays. It also would not allow any commercial operator to renew a permit from activities at Cove Park and the southern end of Kalama Park.