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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Dozens affected by odor at store

Advertiser Staff

More than 20 people were treated after complaining of burning eyes and difficulty breathing after Honolulu firefighters evacuated the Kunia Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon.

At least three fire companies responded to the store at 1:50 p.m. after employees working in the store's pharmacy noticed an unsettling odor that soon spread to other areas. Fire officials cleared the store for about an hour while they looked for the source.

No chemicals were found, and fire officials did not know what caused it.

Fire Capt. Emmit Kane said, "By the time we got there, there was nothing that we could detect."


One-car crash fatality identified

HILO, Hawai'i — A 24-year-old Honoka'a man who died in a one-car crash Saturday has been identified as Jarrod Lawrence. The fatal crash was on Kapulena Airstrip Road, about 3.5 miles from the Hono-ka'a-Waipi'o Road in Hamakua.

Police said Lawrence was a passenger in a northbound 1979 Jeep when the car ran off the road and overturned at about 10:35 p.m.

The 40-year-old driver, a Honoka'a man, was last reported in critical condition in Hilo Medical Center. Two other Honoka'a men, ages 18 and 34, were taken to the North Hawai'i Community Hospital, where they were in satisfactory condition.

Police said speed and alcohol appear to be factors.


Inouye to lead Fourth parade

Sen. Dan Inouye will be the grand marshal for the 59th annual Kailua Fourth of July Parade beginning at 10 a.m. at Palapu Street, traveling on Kainalu Drive and ending at Kailua Intermediate School.

More than 100 entrants are expected, including the Marine Corps Band, the Royal Hawaiian Band, equestrian clubs, schools and youth groups. A highlight of the parade will be a "heroes trolley" in which war veterans will ride.

The parade is sponsored by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce.

The annual fireworks display, sponsored by Clean Channel Communications and Kane'ohe Ranch Co. Ltd., is set for 7:45 that evening at Kailua Beach Park.

Parade applications are available by calling Cissy Romero at 254-1500. The deadline to apply is May 31, after which a late fee of $25 will be assessed.


Tot, man may have drowned

A 2-year-old boy and a man died of apparent drownings in separate incidents yesterday on O'ahu.

In the first case, police said a Kahalu'u man found his 2-year-old grandson floating in the family's swimming pool at about 7:30 a.m. The boy was taken to the Castle Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The man told police that he last saw the boy playing on the steps of the pool about 15 minutes before he was found. An autopsy is scheduled.

At about 9:50 a.m., the body of a man was found floating near Pier 51B on Sand Island. Police said the man, tentatively identified as a 46-year-old Ho-nolulu resident, had been reported missing.

There were no signs of injuries or foul play, police said last night. An autopsy will be conducted.


Hongwanji offers healthcare class

'Aiea Hongwanji Mission's Lotus Adult Daycare Center is offering a free workshop today from 9 to 10 a.m. on how to properly transfer people from wheelchairs and beds. The mission is at 99-186 Puakala St. Call 486-5050.


Haleakala liquor ban enforced

WAILUKU, Maui — Park rangers at Haleakala National Park are planning checkpoints to enforce an alcohol ban in effect from Friday to Monday. Park officials also will be participating in the national Click It or Ticket Campaign over the holiday weekend.

Kipahulu District rangers will issue camping permits at the East Maui campground to ensure the 100-person capacity is not exceeded. In the summit area, a 50-person limit will be enforced at the Hosmer Grove campground.

Camping is allowed only in designated park campgrounds and campsites. Hiking and camping groups are limited to 12 people. Fireworks are banned year-round. Call (808) 572-4459.