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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 21, 2003

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff


Landslide shuts part of highway

A small landslide closed one lane of Kalaniana'ole Highway near Castle Junction last night, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The slide occurred at about 6:45 p.m. in the Honolulu-bound right lane of Kalaniana'ole just before the intersection with Kamehameha Highway, said Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa.

He said the debris was mostly dirt that covered most of the right lane. Police closed the lane while crews cleared about 40 cubic yards of dirt. The lane was reopened at about 9:30 p.m. Ishikawa said state officials will inspect the site today.

The state recently identified Kalaniana'ole Highway at Castle Junction to be at the fifth highest risk of a rockfall among 66 O'ahu highway sites.


Drowning victim was from Japan

The medical examiner's office has identified a man who died Monday after being pulled unconscious from a swimming pool at the Sheraton Waikiki as Masatosi Sato, 73, of Hokkaido, Japan.

A hotel guest told police he pulled Sato from the bottom of the pool at about 3:30 p.m. Emergency workers could not revive him.