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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Monday, November 29, 2004

Barak Obama speaks Dec. 16

Advertiser Staff

U.S. Sen.-elect Barak Obama will speak at a fund-raiser for the Hawai'i Democratic Party on Dec. 16.

Obama, 42, represents Illinois' 13th state Senate District on Chicago's South Side. Raised in Hawai'i, Obama is a 1979 graduate of Punahou School. He delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston this year.

The fund-raiser will be held in the Village Coral Ballroom from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $100 and are sold at party headquarters in Suite 115 at 770 Kapi'olani Blvd. All proceeds go to the Democratic Party of Hawaii. For more information, call 596-2980 or go to www.hawaiidemocrats.org.

Agency honors three for anti-gang work

Adult Friends for Youth, a nonprofit mental health and human service agency, honored three community members Friday at its annual fund-raiser.

Farrington High School Principal Catherine Payne and former gang members Nate Manulauti and Chris Ulep were recognized for their work in educating the community about the dangers of gang membership and for helping gang members transition into more productive lifestyles.

Rider arrested in cab hijacking

A 20-year-old Honolulu man was arrested after he allegedly forced a cab driver to take him and two friends to a hotel at knifepoint, police said.

At 11:15 p.m. Saturday three people got into a cab on Kapi'olani Boulevard near Kona Iki Street, police said. A man pulled out a knife and told the driver to take him to his hotel without payment, police said.

District 6 patrol officers responded and arrested the suspect without incident.

One killed, one injured in Kaua'i crash

One person was killed and another injured early yesterday in a head-on collision on Kaua'i.

Police said the accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on Kaumuali'i Highway, west of mile marker 16 in 'Ele'ele.

A westbound vehicle crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound vehicle, police said.

Both drivers were taken to Kaua'i Veterans Memorial Hospital, where the driver of the westbound vehicle was pronounced dead.

Town-bound lane closing for paving

The right town-bound lane of Kalaniana'ole Highway, between Kapa'a Quarry Road and Castle Junction, will be closed this week while crews pave the lane that has been cordoned off during the hillside reshaping project.

The lane will be closed today through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition, the lane will be closed tonight from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

Motorists will be allowed to make the right turn onto Kamehameha Highway at the intersection.

Honolulu woman, 39, drowns

A 39-year-old Honolulu woman drowned Saturday while swimming off Kualoa Beach Park. Police said the woman was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m.

State 'bottle bill' to get test run

Hawai'i County is holding "practice" beverage container redemption events to familiarize the public with the state's new "bottle bill."

People will be able to redeem their eligible containers for 5 cents each, with or without the "HI 5 Cents" label. There is a $10 limit per transaction, while funds last.

The East Hawai'i redemption events will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Kea'au Transfer Station; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the University of Hawai'i library lanai; and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hilo Transfer Station.

The West Hawai'i events will take place during the week of Dec. 6 at two sites: the Kealakehe Transfer Station, where beverage containers will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 7:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; and the new recycling center above the Kona Police Station, where containers can be redeemed from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Comets subject of free lecture

Comets are the topic of tonight's Keck Astronomy Lecture featuring Mike Mumma of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The free lecture will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea on the Big Island. Seating is limited.

Mumma will discuss how comets are messengers from the early solar system, containing key information from the time when the planets were forming, and even earlier.

His research has found that comets delivered vast quantities of organic chemicals to Earth, along with much of the water for oceans, during the first 500 million years of our planet's existence, according to a Keck news release.

For more information, call Laura Kraft at (808) 885-7887 or go online to www2.keck.hawaii.edu/news/calendar.php.

Downtown Hilo workshop set

A workshop on "Envisioning Downtown Hilo 2025" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo Campus Center Plaza, with free parking.

The workshop is presented by the Friends of Downtown Hilo Steering Committee in partnership with the county Planning Department, the Hawai'i County Resource Center, the Downtown Improvement Association, University of Hawai'i Hilo and Hawai'i Community College.

Park giving teachers a lesson

Haleakala National Park is offering an orientation Jan. 15-17 for 10 high school teachers interested in bringing students into the wilderness area on overnight trips.

The trip will enable teachers to experience the wilderness and learn about opportunities for using the outdoors as a classroom.

The orientation will provide information on how to plan a trip and prepare students. Participants must be in good physical condition and be able to hike up to 10 miles a day with heavy backpacks.

Mandatory 90-minute meetings will be held Jan. 6 and 13 in a Central Maui location to be announced.

Participants who do not have backpacks, raingear or fleece jackets will be provided gear for the trip.

Dec. 17 is the deadline to apply. For more information, call Sharon Ringsven at (808) 572-4487.