Gunshot victim was 21-year-old
Big Island Police have positively identified a woman found dead Thursday as 21-year-old Daysha Aiona Aka.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section received confirmation yesterday from a forensic odontologist, who was able to make positive identification from dental records.
Police said she died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police recovered the body Thursday from the Panaewa rain forest area and arrested Jeffrey B. Santos, the victim's former boyfriend. He was charged Friday with second-degree murder and is being held at the Hilo Police cellblock on $100,000 bail.
FORT WEAVER RD. WIDENING FUNDED
An additional $3 million in state money has been released to keep the second phase of the Fort Weaver Road widening project moving forward.
The state had released more than $9 million for the project, but more money was needed because of rising construction costs.
The second phase of the project will add two lanes to Fort Weaver Road from the vicinity of A'awa Drive to Geiger Road.
SEWAGE SPILL LESS THAN FIRST THOUGHT
The recent spill at the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plan was smaller than initially suspected, the city's Environmental Services Department has announced.
About 64,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater spilled, rather than the 330,000 gallons reported Thursday because of a calculation error, city officials said.
A city investigation into the spill indicates heavy rains and construction were both occurring when the wastewater overflowed between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, but the cause has not yet been determined.
Some of the spilled wastewater drained into Honolulu Harbor, so the public is advised to avoid the affected area.
CAR-REGISTRATION IN HANA OFFICE
HANA — The county has opened a new motor vehicle registration and licensing office at the Hana Police Station.
The office provides extended hours and a fuller range of services.
Services include driver licensing renewals, instruction permits, written tests, disabled parking placards, motor vehicle registration, and vanity, veteran and organizational license plates. Residents also may obtain dog licenses and conduct moped and bicycle registration.
Hours are from 8 to 10:45 a.m. and noon to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Call (808) 270-7363.
NEW ENTRANCE TO MAUI MEMORIAL
WAILUKU — Maui Memorial Medical Center will relocate its front entrance to the new Kahului Tower tomorrow.
Free valet parking service will continue to be offered weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visitors arriving at the hospital after 8 p.m. must check in at the Emergency Department. Public parking also is available behind the hospital and on Mahalani Street.
The new 75,000-square-foot Kahului Tower features a new lobby and admitting area, an expanded physical and occupational therapy department, a new ambulatory surgery center, 29 intensive-care rooms with sleeper sofas for family members to stay overnight, and 24 medical/surgical beds.
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR ROOF WORK
KAHULUI — The Kahului Public Library and its book drop will be closed Nov. 13 through late December for a roofing project. During the closure, customers' reserve requests may be picked up at the Wailuku Public Library.
YMCA GETS GRANT FROM A&B UNIT
KAHULUI — The Alexander & Baldwin Foundation has pledged $50,000 to support expansion of the Maui Family YMCA.
The donation helped push the nonprofit agency over its first $1 million benchmark in its three-year, $10 million capital and endowment Mauloa (forever) Campaign.
It's the Maui Family YMCA's first major fundraising effort in 12 years, and will support the renovation and expansion of its Kahului facility and islandwide outreach programs, especially after-school programs, youth camps, and the Carol M. White Physical Education Program.
The Maui Family YMCA serves more than 3,400 members and 12,000 program participants. On an average day, 400 people use the 17,284-square-foot facility in Kahului. The expansion will more than double that space.
For further information, call Deborah Peterson at (808) 242-9007.