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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, December 5, 2003

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff


Man saved after falling off ship

The Coast guard rescued a 40-year-old man after he fell off a fishing vessel between 'Ewa Beach and Kalaeloa Point yesterday afternoon.

Matt Buckman fell off the 17-foot vessel and was in the water for about 45 minutes, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew spotted him and hoisted him to safety.

Buckman was in good condition, the spokeswoman said.


Canoe race seeks sponsors

Sponsors are being sought for the 19th annual Ala Wai Challenge canoe races, which will culminate a year-long celebration of the Waikiki Community Center's 25th anniversary.

The Ala Wai Challenge will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at Ala Wai Community Park and feature live entertainment and food booths along the canal's banks.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Waikiki Community Center and will begin with a double-hull canoe procession from the McCully bridge to the park followed by an oli (chant) and kahiko (ancient hula and songs) performed by the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Ensemble.

Sponsors pay $360 and put together a team of 12 people, six for paddling and six for makahiki games. For more information, call Jeff Apaka or Joan Naguwa at 923-1802.

2 girls arrested in stabbing

A 20-year-old man was stabbed in the chest Wednesday night during an argument with two girls at Queen's Surf beach in Waikiki.

The man was in critical condition with a punctured lung at The Queen's Medical Center but is expected to recover, police said. He was stabbed once with a butterfly knife at about 11:50 p.m.

Police arrested two girls, ages 16 and 17. They were booked as juveniles on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a prohibited weapon.


Probe forces campus closure

King Kekaulike High School students were confined to campus until about 4 p.m. yesterday while officials investigated a white powder found in a parking lot of the Maui school at 11:45 a.m.

Two school security officers who cleaned up the powder reported feeling dizzy.

When on-scene testing determined by the fire department the substance was benign, the students were released, police said.


Marine band in free concert

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band will present a free concert of holiday music at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Marine Corps Base Hawai'i-Kane'ohe Bay Theater.

The concert will be followed by a Christmas tree lighting in Dewey Square.

The public should use the H-3 Freeway gate.