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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ocean report now on the Web

Advertiser Staff

LIHU'E, Kaua'i — A new online ocean report aims to equip visitors and residents with up-to-date information on surf, currents and other hazards.

The Kaua'i Ocean Report was created by the county, the Kaua'i Water Safety Task Force, the Kaua'i Visitors Bureau and Wasabi Marketing Elements. It relays lifeguard surf observations and surf-height forecasts that are updated every day at around 9 a.m., along with National Weather Service advisories, beach safety tips, information on Kaua'i's changing ocean conditions, rip currents and seasonal surf trends, and recommended snorkeling beaches.

Although the report is available to anyone, officials said they hope it will be particularly helpful to hotel concierges and other guest-relations staff who can use it steer visitors away from dangerous beaches.

See the Kaua'i Ocean Report at www.kauaiexplorer.com.



Aloha Stadium has installed a new phone system that will give the stadium a new "483" prefix and new switchboard number, 483-2500.

The stadium's box-office information number, 486-9300, will remain unchanged, but the charge-by-phone line will now be 483-7123 for calls originating on O'ahu. The toll-free, charge-by-phone line for calls originating beyond O'ahu is (800) 291-3999. The new administrative fax number has been changed to 483-2823.


Participants in the state's Drug Court program will now be arriving with a bit more than the clothes on their backs, thanks to the members of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset.

Club members yesterday donated 100 hygiene kits to the nonprofit Friends of the Drug Court to be handed out to incoming Drug Court participants.

Each of the kits, which are estimated to have a retail value of about $14, contains toiletries including a toothbrush, tooth paste, disposable razors, washcloths, towels, a bar of soap, shampoo and other must-have items.

Sixty-five of the kits were packed with items for men, and the other 35 contain items women commonly need.



Honolulu Councilwoman Barbara Marshall will hold community meetings to discuss issues relating to city government and services.

The meetings are all at 7 p.m.: Today at Waimanalo Public and School Library, 41-1320 Kalaniana'ole Highway; Sept. 26 at Kane'ohe Community & Senior Center, 45-613 Puohala St.; and Oct. 16 at 'Aikahi Elementary School Cafeteria, 281 Ilihau St., Kailua.

For more information, call 547-0003.


Wave Hawaii will hold a summer youth worship bash from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Kualoa Ranch.

The second annual Summer Youth Worship Bash will feature Christian/punk rock bands including Hoku nominee 7 Simple Pieces and infused African sounds. Miss Hawaii, Pilialoha Gaison, will speak and perform.

Pre-sale tickets available at Logos, Agape, Living Stone Café, and Hidden Treasures are $10, at the gate $12 and includes lunch and a light supper. Ranch activities are not included.

For more information and tickets, call Melodie Vega at 254-BASH (2274) or go to www.wavehawaii.org.



CrimeStoppers and the Ho-nolulu Police want the public's help in identifying and finding a man who robbed the Pearlridge branch of Hickam Federal Credit Union on Friday while wearing a desert camouflage military uniform and black beret.

At 5:30 p.m., the robber entered the bank, at 98-1005 Moanalua Road, and demanded money from a teller.

He was described as a male in his 40s, 5 feet 8 and weighing 180 pounds, with a fair complexion and dark mustache. He had a white bandage on his left temple.

The suspect fled through the service entrance that leads to the parking lot next to the bank.

His camouflage jacket was found at the scene.

Anyone with information about the bandit is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on a cellular phone.