One shot killed Maui woman
An autopsy revealed that a woman who was killed by a police officer Friday after a high-speed chase on Maui died of a single shot to the head, police said yesterday.
Lisa K. Tomita, 27, was shot as she was trying to elude police responding to an all-points bulletin for a vehicle stolen in Kahului.
Officers said that after the car was cornered by police in Pa'ia, the driver reversed the 2004 Cadillac sedan toward an officer who was on foot, and he shot her.
The shooting is under investigation.
The name of the officer is being withheld.
Comedian vows to fight charges
Comedian Shawn Kaui Hill plans to fight charges that he threatened two Maui animal-control officers and assaulted one of them, according to his attorney.
Deputy public defender Jon Apo said Hill is proclaiming his innocence and saying that the Humane Society officers shouldn't have been on his property.
Hill, 38, who is better known as Bu La'ia, is scheduled for trial March 29 on two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree assault of an enforcement officer.
The offenses are alleged to have occurred at Hill's Hawaiian Homes residence in Kula, Maui, Nov. 18.
Patrons rate libraries highly
Hawai'i's public libraries have received high marks from their patrons.
Eighty percent of the 4,700 people who completed a survey gave the public library system an excellent or good rating. Thirty-five percent gave it an A, and 45 percent gave it a B. Fifteen percent gave the system a fair rating, or grade of C, while two percent give it a D, or poor rating and less than one percent graded it F.
The survey forms were handed out at all state libraries in November.
School hosting blood drive
Saint Louis School invites the public to join its annual blood drive tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mamiya Theatre Plaza.
Anyone 18 or older is welcome. Seventeen-year-olds must have their parents' consent. For more information call 739-4868, ext. 561.
Lunalilo Home fund-raiser set
A fund-raiser lu'au to support new programs at the historic Lunalilo Home is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the residential facility, 501 Kekauluohi St.
The event will commemorate the 169th anniversary of the birth of King Lunalilo, who founded the home almost 130 years ago, said Keahi Allen, a member of the home's board of trustees.
Proceeds are earmarked for the expansion of the home's services, Allen said.
Cost is $30 per person; tickets are available by calling 395-1000.