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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff


Police seek help in hit-and-run

Big Island police need the public's help in identifying the hit-and-run driver of a Toyota truck that struck two pedestrians Dec. 12.

The accident occurred about 8:44 p.m. on Kino'ole Street near the Hilo Lanes bowling alley. Two women, ages 50 and 57, were walking across the street when they were struck by a dark blue or black truck traveling north.

They were taken to Hilo Medical Center and transferred to The Queen's Medical Center for treatment. They have since been released.

Police said the driver may have stopped at a Chevron station at Kino'ole and Haili streets. The truck was a late '90s model with the letters "TRD" on its left side.

Two men were in the truck, both described as being in their 30s.

Call officer Aubrey Auna of the South Hilo Patrol at (808) 961-2213, the police nonemergency number at (808) 935-3311, or CrimeStoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona.

GMO-Free group to meet Monday

A group fighting genetically modified foods, GMO-Free Kaua'i, will hold a public forum at 6 p.m. Monday at the Kaua'i War Memorial Convention Hall in LIhu'e.

The session will feature talks by authors Jeffrey Smith and Luke Anderson, Friends of the Earth senior policy analyst Bill Freese, and organic coffee grower and Big Island activist Nancy Redfeather.

Super-sized lunch planned

Kiwanis Club members on Maui are conducting a food drive to concoct a 256-square-foot "mixed plate" at Saturday's Family Fun Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

They are requesting nonperishable foods that typically make up a plate lunch: rice, macaroni, mayonnaise, canned vegetables and luncheon meat.

Items may be dropped off Saturday at the festival, or before the event at Credit Associates of Maui and the county building in Wailuku, Cash 'N Carry in Kahului, Great Styles and Cuts in the Maui Mall, and the Longs Center in Kihei.

The food will be donated to the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center, the Salvation Army and the Maui Food Bank.

Recycling helps schools, too

Feb. 2 is the deadline for Kaua'i students to earn money for their schools by recycling phone books. The three top schools will receive cash awards of $500, $200 and $100 from Verizon Hawai'i, plus a $100 gift certificate from Big Save Value Centers.


Youth delegates headed to D.C.

Students Sonya Kuki of Hilo and Blair Suzuki of 'Ewa Beach have been named delegates to the 42nd annual United States Senate Youth Program and will participate in an intensive one-week study of the federal government Feb. 28 to March 6 in Washington, D.C.