Woman, 18, dies after altercation
Police opened an investigation after an 18-year-old woman died Wednesday night after getting into an altercation with her 20-year-old boyfriend in Waipahu.
Police were responding to a call about an argument near the corner of Farrington Highway and Aniani Place about 9:45 p.m. when they came upon the man and woman fighting each other.
Officers separated the two and were talking with them when the woman reported that she was having difficulty breathing. An ambulance was called and took her to St. Francis Medical Center-West, where she died a short time later.
Police arrested the man but released him last night pending further investigation.
PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY BUS IS DEAD
An elderly man who was critically injured Wednesday morning when hit by a city bus has died, police said.
Police said the bus was traveling east on North School Street at about 6 a.m. when it turned left onto Kamehameha IV Road and struck the man, who was in a crosswalk.
The injured man hit his head on the pavement and was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday.
It was the 25th traffic death on O'ahu this year, compared with 22 by this date last year.
FARRINGTON GETS RESTROOM MONEY
State officials have released $167,500 to finance construction of disabled-accessible restrooms and improvements for the Farrington High School cafeteria. The cafeteria has no disabled-accessible restrooms. The total cost of the project is $222,000, and it is expected to be completed by July.
160 HOMESTEADS TO BE AWARDED
The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands tomorrow morning will award 160 undivided-interest homesteads leased for Anahola's Piilani Mai Ke Kai subdivision. The four-hour event will start at 8 a.m. in the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School cafeteria, 4431 Nuhou St., in Lihu'e.
TRIAL DATE SET FOR 2ND CAVE SUSPECT
A trial date has been set for May 23 for a second man charged with stealing Hawaiian artifacts from a Big Island cave to sell for profit.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren scheduled the trial for John Carta of the Big Island. Carta is charged with breaking into the Kanupa Cave in June 2004 and taking the items in violation of the federal Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act.
Carta, 45, will plead to the two misdemeanor charges later. Carta's lawyer, Rustam Barbee, said he doesn't know what plea his client will enter until the lawyer receives police reports in the case.
Daniel W. Taylor, 39, the other man charged with violating the federal law, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor last week.
The two are the first here to be prosecuted under the federal law.
SCOUT MAKAHIKI SET FOR TOMORROW
Pinewood derby races, fire-building and rope bridges are among the fun activities scheduled for the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America Makahiki show tomorrow.
The scout show will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. in the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall.
A $7 coupon book includes one pass to the show and coupons for Honolulu activities and shops.
Makahiki is the oldest Boy Scout show and was first held in 'Aiea Heights in 1911, one year after scouting came to the Islands.
More than 28,000 young people and nearly 6,000 Aloha Council volunteers engage in scouting activities.
The Aloha Council serves scout troops in Hawai'i, Guam, American Samoa, the Marianas, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.
AIR-CONDITIONING MONEY RELEASED
The state has released $200,000 to replace the air-conditioning chiller plant at Liliha Public Library.
The system is about 15 years old and is not energy efficient. The new system will reduce energy and maintenance costs while ensuring patrons and staff enjoy a cool environment conducive to learning.
In August 2005, $41,000 was released for the design phase of the project. The total project cost is $241,000 and is expected to be completed by January.
PUBLIC TV TO AIR KURE PROGRAMS
Jean-Michel Cousteau's "Ocean Adventures: Voyage to Kure" is scheduled to air on Hawai'i public television, KHET Channel 11, this week and next. The new two-part documentary is being broadcast nationally, but Hawai'i viewers will have several opportunities to see the program:
"Part 1 of 2, Exploring the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands" will be replayed at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The conclusion, "The Crew Visits the Island of Kure," will air Wednesday at 8 p.m. and April 16 at 6 p.m.
ELDER HOUSING NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed this weekend for cleanup and painting work at housing units for homeless elders in Waialua.
The effort is part of a project known as Ka Hale Malulani (Household of Heavenly Protection), sponsored by a non-profit group called PSI World. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Kupuna Home O Waialua, 67-088 Goodale Ave.
For additional information, contact Cindy Namahoe, 722-5550.