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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Fire damages Holualoa home

Advertiser Staff

HILO, Hawai'i — A fire on the second-floor of a two-story home in Holualoa Sunday morning caused an estimated $150,000 damage, firefighters said.

No one was injured in the blaze at 76-6186 Holualoa Beach Road. The fire was reported at 9:12 a.m., and firefighters arrived to find the entire second floor engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze at 9:55 a.m. The cause is under investigation.

Suspect sought in attack, theft

HILO, Hawai'i — Big Island police are seeking a man who attacked another man and got away with about $80 in cash inside a purse early Sunday.

The man who was attacked was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries and released.

Police said one man gave the other a ride to Veterans Cemetery II area of Hilo, where the two got into an argument outside the car shortly before 1:47 a.m. The driver then assaulted the other man and drove away with a denim jeans purse, which had the brand name "Mudd" printed in red on the side.

Police are seeking a man in his mid-20s, 5-foot-10, about 150 pounds, skinny build and short straight black hair. He was driving a late-model green Dodge Neon four-door sedan, gray interior with a child restraint seat behind driver's seat.

Anyone with information about the assault or the identity of the man is asked to call Det. Randal Ishii of the East Hawaii Juvenile Aid Section at (808)-961-2278 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.


Murder victim was homeless

WAILUKU, Maui — Maui police have identified the homicide victim found Saturday at a popular but remote Kahakuloa trail as a 44-year-old homeless man who frequented Lahaina.

Police were not releasing his name until relatives could be notified.

Lt. Glenn Cuomo said the man died of multiple gunshot wounds. His body was found by hikers at 1 p.m. about 100 yards into a trail leading to a lava outcropping known as Olivine Pools. He had been dead approximately 12 to 36 hours. No further details were released.

The victim was African American, 6 feet 1 and about 180 pounds. He was wearing denim shorts, a white T-shirt with the words "NFL Alumni Helping Maui's Kids" on the front and "Bruce Bosley Memorial Golf Classic" on the back, and brown shoes with brown and red shoelaces.

Cuomo asked anyone with information on the shooting or who may have seen the man in recent days to call detectives at (808) 244-6427, or Maui Crime- Stoppers at (808) 242-6966.

Sewage spill fouls 'Iao Stream

WAILUKU, Maui — Ocean users are being advised to avoid the waters west of the mouth of 'Iao Stream for the next few days because of a weekend sewage spill.

Approximately 3,300 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed from a sewer manhole Sunday on Lokeona Loop in Waiehu.

The county Department of Public Works and Environmental Management said the spill was caused by a blockage in the main line, and that heavy rain contributed to the problem.

The spill was reported at 3 p.m. and was stopped by 4:30 p.m., officials said. The wastewater reached a storm drain and possibly discharged into the ocean.

The Department of Health was notified and water samples were being taken to test for bacterial levels.


Collision victim identified

A 25-year-old man killed in a head-on collision early Friday in Nanakuli was identified by the medical examiner's office as Brandon Kekoa Kawamura. The 2 a.m. collision occurred on Farrington Highway and Auyong Homestead Road.


Lifeguards warn of box jellyfish

City lifeguards are warning swimmers that the monthly influx of box jellyfish could begin today and tomorrow but will likely be over by Thursday.

The city's Ocean Safety Division said that swimmers who get allergic reactions to the stinging jellyfish should stay out of the water.

The most commonly affected areas are Waikiki Beach, Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay and Makaha surfing beach and Waimea Bay. Lifeguards will assess beaches and post warning signs as needed.

Effective treatment for stings includes applying copious amounts of vinegar to the sting. Severe toxic reactions require prompt medical attention, however. Lifeguard stations are equipped to treat the stings.