Suspect sought in bank robbery
Police are looking for a man who robbed the Kailua branch of First Hawaiian Bank yesterday afternoon.
The man entered the bank at about 1:20 p.m. and demanded money from a teller. The teller complied and gave the man an undisclosed amount in cash.
The suspect is 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 8, 150 pounds with a medium build and black hair. Police said the man was wearing a blue pullover shirt and jeans.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
KAMEHAMEHA NAMES CHANGED
Kamehameha Schools' campuses will undergo a slight name change for clarification purposes, the school announced yesterday. The word "campus" will no longer be used in the official names of each campus.
The K-12 campuses will be known as:
School officials said the word "campus" implies that the schools serve only their own traditional school year students but they actually reach into the community through summer session opportunities and partnerships.
ARIZONA CENTER COMMENTS SOUGHT
The National Park Service will host two open houses presenting possible alternatives to replace the USS Arizona Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor. One will be held at 6:30 this evening, and the other at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Visitor Center theaters at 1 Arizona Memorial Place.
Park staff will give a presentation of the possible alternatives and invite the public to ask questions or share comments. Park officials are in the planning phase of replacing the Visitor Center, which is deteriorating from foundation failure and uneven footings.
More information on the project can be found at park planning.nps.gov.
SEWER LINES WILL BE TESTED FOR LEAKS
Hawaii-American Water company, the owners of the sewer system in Hawai'i Kai and a small part of Kuli'ou'ou, will conduct smoke tests to look for leaks through the sewer lines in Kamiloiki and Haha'ione valleys.
The work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 to Sept. 15. The company will use non-toxic, non-staining smoke that is odorless and is white or gray. It will be injected into the sewer pipes to detect cracks, defects or illegal connections to the sewer system. The smoke will be injected into the manholes at various points through the entire Kamiloiki Valley from Kamiloiki School to the end of Lunalilo Home Road and throughout Haha'ione Valley from Hawai'i Kai Drive to mauka.
For additional information, call 596-7790. Anyone with respiratory problems and is immobile, call 754-8114 before the start of the project.
$25M RELEASED FOR UH'S FREAR HALL
The state has released $25 million in general obligation bonds to redevelop Frear Hall at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa. The project is estimated to cost about $60 million and is expected to be completed by August 2008.
Demolition of the more than 50-year-old dormitory was completed last month.
Construction is expected to begin late this year or early next year, according to the university.
3 WORKERS INJURED IN SOLDERING FIRE
Three workers who were installing a water heater were injured yesterday when a fire broke out on the 11th floor of the Colonnade On The Greens condominium project near the Pearl Country Club Golf Course.
A 49-year-old man and 22-year-old man were both taken to Straub Clinic & Hospital in serious condition. A 25-year-old man was treated and released at the scene and refused transport to a hospital, said Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the city's Emergency Medical Services.
The fire broke out at 3:20 p.m. while they were soldering the 26-foot heater atop one of the five buildings in the condominium project. Robert Conlee, a security guard for the Colonnade On the Greens, described the fire as "small" and said firefighters put it out quickly.
DAM-BREAK DEBRIS WILL BE CLEANED UP
KILAUEA — A contractor has been hired by the county to begin removing hazardous waste from along Wailapa Stream, where tons of debris were deposited in the wake of the March 14 Kaloko Dam breach that killed seven people.
Hurst R. Excavation will conduct the first phase of the large-scale cleanup.
County and state officials were recently notified the debris removal qualified for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to county officials.
Troy Tanigawa, program administrator for the Solid Waste Division, said $33,000 in FEMA funds will be used for removal of hazardous waste such as cars, vehicle parts and propane and acetylene tanks, and hauling to a recycling center.